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Hiding In Plain Sight: Inside The Online World Of Suicidal Teens

More than ever before, young people on smartphones immerse themselves in a digital atmosphere of high drama where a subculture of depressed and suicidal teenagers thrives, out of sight of most adults. Read the article here.

How Social Media Is Having Unintended Consequences On Teen Mental Health

As teens go through everyday life, they deal with the normal pressures of school, friends, and family. One escape from this stress can be social media, but there can be unintended consequences for their mental health, according to researchers. Read the full article here.

These Teenage TikTok Stars Reveal How Their ‘Goofy’ Videos Made Them Financially Independent

TikTok, which is owned by Chinese internet technology company ByteDance, has become the social media app of choice for many teens. Read the article here.

Teens Are Swapping AirPods And Using Google Translate To Secretly Talk To Each Other In School

One TikTok user demonstrated how swapping AirPods and using Google Translate is an effective way to communicate secretly. Read the article here.

When Social Media Is Too Much, Some Teens Tune Out

While Instagram and the like are key to keeping up with friends, some high-schoolers admit that they often need a break. Read the article here.

Teens Urged Not To Participate In Popular Social Media Challenge

The #outletchallenge on the TikTok app presents significant electrical hazards. Read the article here.

Communications Time Bomb: Parents’ Smartphone Use Could Be The New Secondhand Smoke

Adults’ digital habits could be hazardous to children’s speech and language development. Read the article here.

Apps To Watch Out For

Stay on top of the popular titles teens are already using. Read the post from Common Sense Media here.

How Children Are, And Aren’t, Using The Internet

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver and vice president of research Jennifer Pearson discuss children’s behavior online, the screen time stigma and YouTube child policy changes. Listen to the podcast by clicking here.

This Is Your Child’s Brain On Books: Scans Show Benefit Of Reading vs. Screen Time

Taking away screens and reading to our children during the formative years of birth to age 5 boosts brain development. Read the article here.

Teenagers Glued To Screens Skipping Meals, Sleep And Homework

Teenagers are skipping meals, sleep and doing their homework to spend more time online, according to a new report which asked young people themselves how their time on the internet affected their lives. Read the article here.

Porn Fantasies Can Warp Consumers’ Expectations For Reality

Porn can actually warp consumers’ perceptions of realistic sexual situations, especially as they relate to strangers. Read the article here.

10 Ways Porn Culture Will Target Your Kids In 2020 (Be Prepared, Not Scared!)

Here are TEN things to look out for this year as you raise kids in a hypersexualized porn culture AND what you can do about it! Read the article from Protect Young Minds here.

Tops of 2019: Video Games

Nielsen’s look back at the video games of 2019. See the research here.

My Teen Says I’m The ‘Only Mom’ With Such Strict Rules. But I Know I’m Not Alone

The wild variations of how to raise tiny people into adults become more obvious as our children become more aware of their peers — adding yet another challenge to the already weighty task of parenting. Read the article here.

What Do Teenagers Think Adults Are Missing About Technology?

Social media allows young people to explore how they express themselves, says one teenager. Read the article here.

Teenagers Don’t Use E-mail – Colleges Do. That’s A Problem During College Admissions Season

Email is not the default for most teenagers, but it remains the primary avenue for colleges to communicate with prospective and current students. Read the article here.

Enforcing Cellphone Rules For Teenagers

Many families draft a personal contract that lays out the rules of cellphone usage for their children. Read the article here.

What Experts Say May Drive Video Game Addiction In Teens

Are teens decompressing through video games? Read the article here.

What Is Online Porn Teaching Our Children?

Decades of research document myriad harms of pornography, hardly justifying a laissez faire attitude toward adolescent exposure to sexually explicit material. Read the article here.

TikTok’s Year in Review: How the App Transformed Social Networking in 2019

The rise of short video-app TikTok in 2019 is a sure sign that what defines a social network will be very different in 2020. Read the article here.

The Real Impact Of Social Media On Teens’ Mental Health

Excessive digital media use is taking a toll on adolescent development — but setting screen-time limits can make a positive difference. Read the article here.

Tinder Year Ender: How Gen Z Changed Dating In 2019

When it comes down to who is looking for love on Tinder, Gen Z took over the swipe-focused dating app. Read the article here.

Loot Box Purchases And Skin Betting Viewed As ‘Highly Addictive’ By Young Gamers

Loot boxes are mystery items embedded within games that can be purchased for randomised rewards, including “skins” which change the appearance of a character. The skins can then be used to trade on third-party websites for real money. Read the article here.

How To Set Parental Controls On Netflix

Common Sense Media provides tips for helping prevent kids from seeing inappropriate content with these easy Netflix settings. Read the article here.

How Social Media Is Transforming Teens’ Ideas About Sex May Surprise You

This the first in a series that looks at how social media has changed the way teens learn about, and engage in, sex. Read the article here.

YouTube To Impose New Restrictions On Ads Surrounding Children’s Videos

Google will impose some new restrictions on ads surrounding child-oriented videos that appear on the main YouTube.com site, but will continue to allow influencer marketing and product placement on the site, the company recently told a lawmaker. Read the article here.

Adolescence In The Age Of Internet Porn

The role of loneliness and attachment style in teen porn use. Read the article here.

Photo Roulette, The Hot App That Makes Teens Cringe And Parents Fret

Popular game draws images from players’ camera rolls at random, causing embarrassment, raising privacy concerns. Read the article here.

What 10 Parents Learned When Their Child Was Caught In A Porn Trap

10 parents give their unique perspective on helping a child overcome the addictive pull of pornography. Read the article here.

When 6th Graders Can Access Rape Porn On Their Smartphones, School Becomes Toxic

No 11-year-old should have to deal with, or even know, about things like this. Read the article here.

Google Just Released The Top Search Trends For 2019

Disney+ was the most searched term for the entire year. Read the article here.

Too Much Screen Time? Here’s How To Dial Back

Sticking to a new routine can stop your children from becoming screen zombies. Read the article here.

A Look Back At The Most Anticipated Video Game Titles Of 2019

The December 2019 Game On! Newsletter from Nielsen. Read the newsletter here.

The Dark Psychology Of Social Networks

Why it feels like everything is going haywire. Read the article here.

Google Wants To Finish Your Sentences. That’s A Problem.

Google recently announced it will bring its Smart Compose feature from Gmail over to Google Docs. What will that mean for language? Read the article here.

How Preteen Gamers Discover And Spend On Games

Despite their young ages, preteen (kids 7-12) gamers in the U.S. collectively spend what some might view as an unfathomable amount of money on video games. Read the article and view the video from Nielsen here.

Google’s Top Trending Searches In 2019: Disney Plus, Hurricane Dorian, iPhone 11

The look back reveals some of the top news events, people and entertainment searches, and it includes the year’s most asked questions and vacation destinations. Read the article here.

Instagram Now Requires Users To Provide Their Age

Users on Instagram will soon be required to enter their birth date in order to use the social networking app.  Read the article here.

Most Parents Fear Their Kids Will Suffer Hearing Damage From Their Various Music Players And Smartphones

A majority of parents — 70 percent — are concerned about their children developing hearing damage from listening to music players, tablets and smartphones, according to a new national poll released this week. Read the article here.

I’m A Teenager Who Was Bullied: Here’s What Bullying Among Teens Looks Like Today

In this post for Parents ‘Teen Talk’ column—articles written by teens to help parents understand what’s really happening in their world—a teenager shares what she learned from a personal experience with bullying in high school and how parents can support teens through their own situations. Read the article here.

TikTok Admits It Suppressed Videos By Disabled, LBGTQ, And Fat Creators

TikTok, a social network video app with more than 1 billion downloads globally, admitted Tuesday to a set of policies that had suppressed the reach of content created by users assumed to be “vulnerable to cyberbullying.” Read the article here.

More Teen Time On Social Media, More Eating Disorders?

The more often young teens turn to social media, the more prone they are to eating disorders, new research suggests. Read the article here.

Tinder Lets Known Sex Offenders Use The App. It’s Not The Only One.

Match Group, which owns most major online dating services, screens for sexual predators on Match — but not on Tinder, OkCupid or PlentyofFish. Read the article here.

A Parent’s Guide To Sadfishing, Explained By A Teenager

Sadfishing is when someone exaggerates their emotional state in order to get sympathy or attention from an audience. Read the article here.

Cellphone-Related Head And Neck Injuries On The Rise

Those aged 13 to 29 make up almost 40 percent of such patients. Distraction was a major culprit. Read the article here.

Teens Overwhelmingly Engage With Junk Food On Social Media Because There’s No Kale TikTok

While teens are using social networking platforms, they are exposed to marketing from food brands. Read the article here.

Quitting Facebook Can Lead to Higher Grades For Teens

Study suggests that struggling students can considerably improve their grades by spending less time on social media. Read the article here.

Teens Are Using TikTok As A New Way To Come Out To Friends And Family, App Vital To Gen Z’s LGBTQ Community

Preteens Need Modern Payment Options For Today’s Digital Video Games

Preteens spend a lot on video games, but how? Read the article here.

Is TikTok Safe For Kids?

Gen Z can’t get enough of TikTok. But if you’re worried about what exactly your kids are getting, you’re not alone. Read the article here.

Instagram Just Took Its Divisive ‘Hidden Likes’ Experiment Global

Instagram announced it’s expanding its test of hidden likes to users around the world. Read the article here.

Teens Are Calling Themselves “Ugly” On TikTok. It’s Not As Depressing As You Think

Instagram is a beauty pageant. TikTok is where kids are free to be mediocre. Read the article here.

College Students Say Ditching Their Smartphones For A Week Changed Their Lives

College students went one week without their smartphones. Read the article here.

Gauging How Digital Usage Fits Into Teens’ Lives And Buying Habits

Are teens as much in thrall to digital as popular stereotypes suggest? Read the article here.

‘Snapchat Dysmorphia’: Seeking Selfie Perfection

Now, more and more people want to look like themselves — a phone-edited version of themselves, that is. Read the article here.

Millennial Parents Turn To Tech To Treat Their Children

Depending on where they live, millennial parents would consider a range of high-tech treatments for the health and wellness of their children. Read the article here.

Too Much Screen Time May Be Stunting Toddlers’ Brains

Toddlers who spend loads of time looking at tablets, smartphones or TVs may be changing their brains, and not for the better. Read the article here.

Getting To Know The Next Generation Of Video Gamers

For those growing up in 2019, however, anything with a screen can be a gaming platform. Read the article and view the video here.

What YouTube Channels Are High Schoolers Watching?

The majority of high schoolers have embraced YouTube as their social media platform of choice, with recent studies showing that the majority of high schoolers spend exponentially more time on the video-sharing service than on the wealth of other social media options out there. Read the article here.

Too Much YouTube? Online Video Usage Among Teens Is Going Through The Roof, Survey Says

Online video usage is going through the roof and has more than doubled in four years. Read the article here.

What Is Cyber Flashing?

Cyber Flashing is a different way for sexual predators to invade your privacy or that of your children or to transfer other unwanted material using a specific program that is featured on all Apple devices: AirDrop. Read the article here.

Teens Explain Their YouTube Obsession (Because Adults Don’t Get It)

High-schoolers tell the WSJ why they love the video social network, but also acknowledge its dark side: ‘Don’t use it as a babysitter’. Read the article here.

What Are Teens Doing When They’re On Their Phones? We Asked Them

Teens spend, on average, more than seven hours a day using screens and 60 percent of teens themselves say spending too much time online is a “major” problem. Read the article here.

Katie Couric’s New Podcast: Teens’ Easy Access To Hardcore Porn Could Hurt Them… Literally

Katie Couric wanted to know why  one in four women are scared during sex. Her short answer: porn. Read the article here.

Instagram Is Banning Filters That Promote Cosmetic Surgery As It Battles Mental Health Concerns

Instagram decided to remove the cosmetic surgery filter over concerns that they contribute to unrealistic beauty standards, linked to negative body image among users. Read the article here.

In Online Videos, American Teens Know What They Like

Being funny (52%), having an interesting topic (46%), and being short in length (43%) are important. Read the article here.

The Common Sense Census: Media Use By Tweens And Teens, 2019

This large-scale study explores how kids age 8 to 18 in the U.S. use media across an array of activities and devices—including short-form, mobile-friendly platforms like YouTube—to see where they spend their time and what they enjoy most. Download the report from Common Sense Media here.

More LOLs, Fewer Zzzs: Teens May Be Losing Sleep Over Social Media

Heavier users of social media get to bed later and get poorer quality sleep. Read the article here.

Social Media Often Leaves Young Women Feeling Badly About Their Bodies

Images posted to social media are often far from reality, but this research is among the first to analyze how all of these unrealistic pictures impact young women’s views on their own bodies Read the article here.

When The Prescription For Teens Is More Social Media, Not Less

Treatments for children with anxiety and depression increasingly push them to navigate Instagram, Snapchat to build relationships with peers. Read the article here.

Role Reversal: Children Often Begging Parents To Put Phones Away

Alarming new research reveals that the average parent spends just 24 minutes more per day with their children than they do with their smartphone. Read the article here.

Further Evidence Bedtime Social Media Use Is Harming Teenagers

A new UK study shows that teenagers who spend 3 or more hours engaging in social media are much more likely to sleep late and to have night awakenings, among other poor sleep habits. Read the article here.

Phone Detox Camps Are Real And Filled With Teenagers

Smartphones are many people’s gateway to entertainment, knowledge and other people strewn across the globe, a means to an end – be it education, connection, self-development. In one part of the world, though, it has become an addiction. Read the article here.

Can You Really Be Addicted To Video Games?

The latest research suggests it’s not far-fetched at all — especially when you consider all the societal and cultural factors that make today’s games so attractive. Read the article here.

What Is TikTok? And Is It Safe? A Guide For Clueless Parents

This hot social media app can foster creativity and socialization, but parents — and kids — need to know the risks. Read the article here.

When Social Media Become Too Much – Even For A Teen

A 14-year-old shares about being sick and tired of social media. Read his account here.

Teens Are Dancing To Voicemails From Their Toxic Exes On TikTok

Teen girls are making TikTok videos dancing to audio clips of their exes’ demoralizing voicemails and rants. Read the article here.

The Teenagers So Addicted To Cellphones They’re Going To Detox Centers

More than 98% of South Korean teens used a smartphone in 2018, according to government figures — and many are showing signs of addiction. Read the article here.

‘Do You Wind It Up?’: Today’s Teens Tackle Rotary Phones, FM Radio And Map Reading

Their smartphones do everything, but can teenagers master old tech and life skills – from reading a map to setting an alarm clock? Read the article here.

UK Drops Age-Verification Plan For Pornography Websites

Concerns over enforcement and data being misused lead government to cancel rollout. Read the article here.

Why The New Instagram It Girl Spends All Her Time Alone

Loneliness is Instagram’s hottest trend. Read the article here.

Teens Keep Outsmarting Apple’s Features For Limiting Screen Time, And Parents Are Starting To Get Frustrated

Teens keep discovering ways to get around Apple’s Screen Time parental control feature. Read the article here.

Game ON! Newsletter Featuring Top Anticipated Holiday Games And More

The October issue of Nielsen’s Game ON! Newsletter. Download the newsletter here.

5 Sources Of Stress In Teens

Tim Elmore blogs about 5 common sources of stress in teens that often lead to anxiety and depression. Read the blog post here.

R/Teenagers: The Subreddit Where Teens Share Memes, Vent & Ask For Advice

r/teenagers is a subreddit created by teenagers for teenagers as a place to share memes, vent about school, and share about the experience of being a teen. Read the article here.

Study Reports One In Four Brazilian Teenagers Is Web-Dependent

A Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES) survey of more than 2,000 adolescents shows that 25.3 percent are moderately or severely dependent on the Internet. Read the article here.

‘Sharenting’: Teens Think Parents Share Too Much About Them On Social Media

42 percent of teens think their parents overshare about them online. Read the article here.

New Research Commissioned By The BBFC Into The Impact Of Pornography On Children Demonstrates Significant Support For Age-Verification

83% of parents agreed with the statement “there should be robust age-verification controls in place to stop children (under 18s) seeing commercial pornography online.” Read the report here.

Ohio Resolution Seeks To Declare Pornography A ‘Public Health Hazard’

An Ohio lawmaker has drafted a new resolution that could declare pornography a public health hazard. House Resolution 180 also links viewing pornography to violence against women. Read the article here.

From David Dobrik To The Rock, These Are Teens’ Favorite People To Follow On YouTube, Instagram, And Twitter

Teens’ icons and role models aren’t just actors and athletes anymore — now, they’re looking up to their favorite people to follow on Instagram and YouTube. Read the article here.

Teens In The US Are Spending More Time On YouTube Than On Netflix For The First Time

YouTube edged out Netflix as the preferred video streaming platform for teens, according to a new survey from investment banking firm Piper Jaffray. Read the article here.

Teens Social Media Obsession Brings Health Risks, Docs Warn

As children and teens become more absorbed by the lure of posting and reading others’ posts on social media, it becomes critical for adults to step in, set limits and just clarify things, doctors urge. Read the article here.

The Teens Of TikTok Are Taking On School Shootings

Teens use dark humor on TikTok to cope with school shooting anxiety. Read the article here.

Teens’ Touchscreen Typing Speeds Put Their Parents Attempts To Shame

According to a new large scale study of more than 37,000 users, there is now a mobile device “typing gap” between today’s 10- to 19-year-olds and their parents’ generation. Read the article here.

The Not-So-Secret Life Of A TikTok-Famous Teen

Haley downloaded the app for fun. Now millions of people watch her videos. Read the article here.

More Teens In Mexico Feel ‘Addicted’ To Phones Than In Other Countries

But in all countries, “one thing we’ve found in common is the number of parents and teens who say they wake up in the middle of the night and check their phones.” Read the full article here.

3 Ways Grandparents CAN Help Kids Reject Pornography

Many grandparents want to know what they can do to protect their precious grandkids from today’s online dangers.  Read some tips here.

Gen Z, Millennials Have Higher Tolerance For TV Ads

Contrary to some common perceptions about advertising, a Deloitte study says younger TV viewers actually have a higher tolerance for advertising — especially for streaming services. Read the article here.

Young People Struggle To Relax Because Of Smartphone Attachment, Survey Claims

Six in 10 say they never switch off because they are constantly checking their mobile. Read the article here.