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Obsessed Much? Mobile Addiction Is Real

But people are making efforts to limit their smartphone usage. Read the article here.

Startling Number Of Teens Cyberbully Themselves

A study showed that 7.1 percent of boys and 5.3 percent of girls had cyberbullied themselves. Read the article here.

Rise In Teen Suicide, Social Media Coincide; Is There Link?

An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link. Read the article here.

I Watched 1,000 Hours Of YouTube Kids’ Content And This Is What Happened

What do you get if you endlessly recombine Spiderman and the Joker with Elsa from Frozenand lashings of product placement for junk food brands like McDonalds? Read the article here.

Sean Parker Unloads On Facebook ‘Exploiting’ Human Psychology

Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, gives us a candid look at how social networks purposely hook and potentially hurt our brains. Read the article here.

Teens Are Faking It On Instagram, But Should Parents Be Worried?

Parents are often told how important it is to monitor what their children are doing online, but some kids may be creating social media accounts their parents don’t even know about. Read the article here.

Adults Want The Galaxy S8, Teens Want The iPhone X

Piper Jaffray’s latest teen survey found that 82% of teens expect their next phone to be an iPhone. Read the article here.

I Put My Teens On A Digital Detox – The Results Shocked Me

I never realized just how damaging our obsession with smartphones and our switched-on lifestyle was, nor how addictive screen time was, until I put my teenagers on an extended digital detox. Read the rest of the article here.

Amazon Revolutionizes Teen Allowances

Amazon has launched a new program that allows parents to set up, fund and manage shopping accounts for their teens. Read the article here.

How New Technology Shapes Each New Generation

Tim Elmore explores the different ways that each generation has been shaped by technology. Read his blog post here.

YouTube Accused Of ‘Violence’ Against Young Children Over Kids’ Content

Google’s video service is filled with disturbing channels and pre-school-aimed videos such as dark Peppa Pig that ‘border on abuse’, says campaigner. Read the article here.

10 Ways To Help Teens Be Savvier About Texting

Teens love to text. But the shallow form of communication can be a source of significant distress. Read the article here.

Cyberbullying’s Chilling Trend: Teens Anonymously Target Themselves Online

Cyberbullying is not a new phenomenon. But an alarming number of teenagers are anonymously posting mean things online — about themselves. Read the article here.

The Worrisome Effects Of Teenage Smartphone Addiction

Psychologists are worried about the effects of the smartphone on our kids. Read the article here.

Devastated Teens Lose Their Streaks After Snapchat Goes Down

Horrified Snapchatters have awoken to a bleak set of circumstances after Snapchat stopped working for users. Read the article here.

Time With Tunes: How Technology Is Driving Music Consumption

On average, Americans spend just over 32 hours a week listening to music in 2017, up 5.5 hours over last year. Read the article here.

On YouTube Kids, Startling Videos Slip Past Filters

The app YouTube Kids contains dark corners, as videos that are disturbing for children slip past its filters, either by mistake or because bad actors have found ways to fool the YouTube Kids algorithms. Read the article here.

Smartphone App ‘Tells Parents When Children Are Sexting’

Parents worried their children are swapping inappropriate pictures and selfies with friends or even strangers online are being offered a smartphone app to automatically spot suspect images. Read the article here.

5 Screen-Time Tips For Children’s Sleep

In a new manuscript on digital media and sleep, researchers recommend removing electronic media from children’s bedrooms and encouraging calming bedtime routines to help kids sleep better. Read the article here.

Digital Dopamine: When ‘Delightful’ Becomes A Drug

Developers want their software to be addictive, a habit that users can’t break, that connects at a level that transcends thought. Read the article here.

Screen Time Is Changing The Way We Think, Focus, And Memorize

Electronic devices (especially smartphones) are addictive and can easily distract us from the very “tasks” our phones purport to simplify. Read the article here.

Removing Digital Devices From The Bedroom Can Improve Sleep For Children, Teens

Removing electronic media from the bedroom and encouraging a calming bedtime routine are among recommendations Penn State researchers outline in a recent manuscript on digital media and sleep in childhood and adolescence. Read the article here.

Teenager Warns About App That Lets You Post Anonymously

Sarahah is one of the top mobile apps in the United States, and it’s one that many parents don’t know exists. Read the article here.

Why Do My Kids Waste Hours Watching Millennials Play Video Games On YouTube?

There is a monster cottage industry of millennials who record themselves playing video games, and many kids and teens have plunged into it. Read the article here.

What Parents Should Know About The ‘Constant Pressure’ Of Social Media For Teens

For some parents, understanding the pressure of social media can be difficult, and as a result, some teens may feel they cannot talk to their parents about cyberbullying, body image problems and other struggles they face in their day-to-day life. Read the article here.

More Education Is Needed To Help Teens And Young Adults Stand Up To A New Epidemic: Digital Dating Abuse

Mary Kay’s annual ‘Truth About Abuse’ Survey reveals more than 80 percent of young people need more information to talk to friends about abuse. Read the article here.

YouTube’s Milestone: Users Now Watch 100 Million Hours Per Day On TV Sets

Every day, users of the video site watch 100 million hours of its content on TV sets, through smart TVs and devices like video game consoles and internet-connected set-top boxes. Read the article here.

Listen Up: Podcasts For Gen Z Are Flourishing

Interest in podcasts has grown in the past year as programs across this medium have diversified. While many of the hits are aimed at adults, lately, there’s a boom in podcasts specifically for Gen Z. Read the article here.

A Surprising Number Of Teenagers Are Engaging In ‘Digital Self-Harm,’ The Practice Of Being Mean To Yourself Online

A new study found 6% of US teens anonymously post or share mean things about themselves online. Read the article here.

New Healthy Media Habits for Young Kids

Now that screen time recommendations are more flexible, it’s time for new rules. Read the blog from Common Sense Media here.

Is Social Media Contributing To Rising Teen Suicide Rate?

Recent studies have shown a rise in both teen suicides and self-harm, particularly among teenage girls. Read the article here.

Digital Self-Harm Among Adolescents

“Digital self-harm” is the anonymous online posting, sending, or otherwise sharing of hurtful content about oneself. Read the article here.

The Common Sense Census: Media Use By Kids Age Zero To Eight 2017

Combined with the data from the 2011 and 2013 reports, the 2017 Zero to Eight study gives us a clearer view of how young children’s media use has evolved over time and provides a foundation for how we can use technology to support children’s learning, play, and growth. Read the highlights and access the full report from Common Sense Media by clicking here.

Cause For Concern: Dramatic Spike In Kids’ Mobile Use

What is our current obsession with mobile gadgets doing to young children? Read the article here.

American Teens More Than Twice As Likely To Purchase Online Than Adults

Digital content, including video games, accounts for 54 percent of teen spending online. Read the article here.

Facebook Makes A New Bid To Woo Teens

Positive-minded app tbh has found a strong audience among teens. Read the article here.

Here Are Netflix’s Most Streamed Shows This Summer

Parrot Analytics has put together a list of the 10 most streamed TV shows of the last 90 days and, surprise, surprise, Netflix dominates the charts. Read the article here.

Children Tell Parents To Disconnect, Ditch Phones At Dinner

Almost half (42%) of parents don’t remember the last time their family had a device-free meal. Read the article here.

Your Child’s Online Bully May Be Closer Than You Think

New research sheds light on just how close that person bullying your child anonymously online might really be. Read the article here.

Social Media Is Fueling A Scary Trend For Teen Anxiety

Experts in teenage mental health say social media is a significant factor in a rising tide of anxiety among teenagers and adolescents. Read the article here.

Addicted To Tech

Technology is addictive, and it’s addictive by design. Read the article here.

A Journey Through The Strange, Scary, And Awe-Awakening World Of Video Games

What can this medium—even its most violent expressions—teach us about our deepest aches and longings? Read the article from Christianity Today here.

Booze Often Glorified On YouTube Videos

Kids typically see images that boost the drinking culture, study finds. Read the article here.

Genius Ways Companies Get Kids To Do Their Marketing For Them

From check-ins to treasure hunts, today’s promotional campaigns rely on kids’ influence to go viral. Read this blog from Common Sense Media here.

TV/Video Games In Bedroom Can Lead To Child Issues

New research suggests that when a child has a TV or video games in their bedroom, negative consequences may happen. Read the article here.

Snapchat’s Status Among Teens Notches Another Gain

The preferred site grows in popularity. Read the research from eMarketer here.

Apps Stirring Up Trouble In Schools

From teen hookups to live streaming, this year’s hottest social media can lead kids to risky behavior. Read the blog post from Common Sense Media here.

Playlisting: The 21st Century Mixtape

The premise of compiling a special collection of songs on a tape or CD and sharing with a friend or love interest hasn’t gone away in the digital age. Read the insights from Nielsen here.

The Harmful Prison Your Kids Experience Every Day

Tim Elmore blogs about the benefits of putting technology aside and going outside instead. Read his blog here.

Best Way to Annoy Your Teenager? Ask for Help With Technology

For many parents trying to figure out how to use the latest technologies, their teenage children are their only lifeline.

But it appears youngsters resent having to help their mothers and fathers with gadgets, with 62 per cent describing it as their biggest irritation.

Meanwhile having to do household tasks came second on the list and just over one third (34 per cent) said their largest gripe was their parents kissing in front of them.

Read the full article here.

Teen Suicide is Hard to Predict. Some Experts Are Turing to Machines for Help.

In any given week, Ben Crotte, a behavioral health therapist at Children’s Home of Cincinnati, speaks to dozens of students in need of an outlet.

Their challenges run the adolescent gamut, from minor stress about an upcoming test to severe depression, social isolation and bullying. Read the full article here.

Moods, But Not Depression, Found Contagious in Adolescent Social Networks

New research suggests that both good and bad moods can be ‘picked up’ from friends, but depression can’t. A team led by the University of Warwick has examined whether friends’ moods can affect an individual therefore implying that moods may spread across friendship networks. Read the full article here.

How Technology Changes Teen Romance

The topic of teenage romance and sex has always been charged, but today’s pervasive digital technology has succeeded in turning up the wattage. Some parents have an easy and open channel with their adolescent around all things amorous while others find the subject painfully awkward and try to avoid it altogether. Read the full article here.

Fathers Warns Parents About Popular App After His 7-Year-Old Daughter Is Asked To Send Suggestive Photos

When Brad Summer’s 7-year-old daughter, Madison, was asked by a stranger to send nude pictures of herself through a popular music app, he knew he had to warn other parents about the dangers of social media. Read the article here.

Culture Associated With Social Media Can Lead To Inappropriate Posts

Researchers from the University of Plymouth discovered risky social media posts are not just due to impulsivity, but might be a deliberate strategy to fit in with the wider social media culture that makes people believe ‘it’s the right thing to do’. Read the article here.

These Are The 10 Most Used Smartphone Apps

When it comes to smartphone apps, Facebook and Google dominate. Read the list here.

Apps Connect Friends To Form A Safety Response Network

Going to friends for help has become instinctual for youth, with 73% saying they turn to their friends as a support system just as they would their family. Along with evolutions of wearable safety devices, new apps are providing safety platforms that connect friends to provide an extra layer of security. Read the rest of the article here.

Girl Chatting On FaceTime Struck And Critically Injured By Car

A teenage girl is hospitalized in critical condition after witnesses say she walked in front of a moving car while engaged in a video chat on her mobile phone. Read the article here.

How The Smartphone Affected An Entire Generation Of Kids

Teens and young adults all have one thing in common: Their childhood or adolescence coincided with the rise of the smartphone. Read the article here.

How Our Screens Diminish Our Empathy

Tim Elmore asks the question “What ever happened to empathy?” on his Growing Leaders blog. Read his post here.

College Grads Have Nothing To Hide From Employers On Social Media

A few even think of their followings as an asset to employers. Read the article here.

3 Ways Mobile Phones Can Help Teens Explore Their Independence

Parents don’t always know the best way to talk to their kids about mobile phones and all of the possibilities they represent. Read the article here.

Splatoon 2 Tops Best-Selling Games List In The US For July 2017

Nintendo’s Switch shooter Splatoon 2 was the best-selling game of July. Read the article here.

Can You Please Talk, Not Text? Parenting The Instagram Generation

Can kids be encouraged to let go of the virtual world – occasionally – and engage in the real one? Read the article here.

More Concerns Over “Tinder For Teens” App Yellow

Child advocates and law enforcement have a warning out about new apps that could put your child in harm’s way. Read the article here.

Teens And The Distorted Reality Of Social Media

Instagram, Snapchat, Photoshop and special filters have created an aura of plastic beauty that makes our girls and boys feel less than, every second they scroll down their smartphone’s screen.

Read the full article here.

Snapchat Throws Lifeline To College Papers

Some beleaguered college pubs are getting a boost, and possibly a new lease on life, courtesy of mobile visual messaging platform Snapchat. Read the article here.

Instagram, Snapchat Duel For Millennial Attention

New study finds similar reach and usage. Read the article here.

A Huge New Survey Shows That Teens Are Bullied Most On Instagram And Facebook

Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017, with Facebook close behind. Read the article here.

In Germany, Amazon Makes A Play For Kids’ Digital Time

FreeTime’s launch on Android could reinforce its digital content dominance. Read the report here.

Teens Are More Depressed And Isolated Than Ever Because Of Smartphones, Researcher Claims

  • There’s a strong link between the amount of time they spend looking at screens and how sad they feel. Read the article here.

5 Skills – From Empathy To Manners – That Tech Might Be Eroding (And What To Do About It)

If you’re drowning in devices, but politeness is in short supply, it’s time to get back to basics. Read the blog post from Common Sense Media here.

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

Psychologist Jean Twenge says smartphones have brought about dramatic shifts in behavior among the generation of children who grew up with the devices. Read the article here.

Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. Read the article here.

Woman Sentenced To 15 Months In Texting Suicide Case

Michelle Carter gets 15 months in prison. Read the article here.

This Popular Teen App Is Quickly Turning Into Chatroulette 2.0, Complete With All Its Issues

Monkey is one of the most downloaded apps among the under-25 set, with an average age of 23 according to app analytics companies. Read the article here.

Is Social Media Causing Depression In Teens?

Teens Use Uber Via Parent Accounts, Despite The Ride-Sharing Service’s Ban On Minors

The ride-hailing service is growing in popularity among some teens who with a few taps on their smartphones can get shuttled to wherever they want to go. Read the article here.

Turns Out, Activity Trackers Discourage Teenagers From Exercise

Wearable activity trackers such as FitBit could be doing more harm than good in encouraging young teenagers to exercise, a study suggests. Read the article here.

Teenage Clicks

How Facebook overcame its “coolness” problem, won back the kids who fled it for Snapchat, and secured its dominance of social media. Read the article here.

Experts Warn Parents How Snapchat Can Hook In Teens With Streaks

Many games and social media apps are designed to get people “hooked” and keep coming back, Dr. Jodi Gold, the author of “Screen Smart Parenting,” explained to ABC News.

Read the article here.

How The Blue Whale Challenge Manipulates Teens

The game apparently coaxes vulnerable teens to take a series of 50 challenges ranging from waking at odd hours, to self mutilation to eventually killing themselves all the while sharing their experiences via social media with the administrators. Read the article here.

The iPad Is A Far Bigger Threat To Our Children Than Anyone Realizes

Ten years ago, psychologist Sue Palmer predicted the toxic effects of social media. Now she sees a worrying new danger. Read the article here.

Teenage Tantrums As Kids Demand Mum And Dad Pick Up The Bill For Their Digital Lives

Despite two thirds of kids owning a smartphone (67% of those aged 8-15), fewer than one in 10 (9%) pay their own phone bill – according to findings from the latest Halifax Pocket Money Survey. Read the press release here.

Over 1/3 Of Millennials In Relationships Spy On Partners’ Digital Correspondence

Devices—and their contents—are a new path to breakups. Read the report here.

Kids’ Privacy Zone

A report from Common Sense Media that examines five pressing privacy developments related to kids, media and technology. Access the report here.

The YouTube Star Who’s Teaching Kids How To Bake

Rosanna Pansino is a YouTube star and a celebrity chef. Her YouTube cooking show Nerdy Nummies has millions of subscribers, many of whom are children interested in baking. Read the article here.

UK Teens Say Instagram Is The Worst App For Cyberbullying

New research claims Instagram is home to more cyberbullies than any other social media platform, with Facebook coming in a close second. Read the article here.

Youth Movement: Gen Z Boasts The Largest, Most Diverse Media Users Yet

While Millennials continue to grab headlines for their tech-savvy penchant for adopting new technologies and their unique media behaviors, the first-quarter 2017 Nielsen Total Audience Report sheds some much-needed light on the NEXT generation of consumers—Generation Z—as well as how different generations adopt and use established and nascent devices and platforms.

Read the research here.

Former iPod/iPhone Creator: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”

Tony Fadell, one of the minds behind the iPod and the iPhone, mulls design’s unintended consequences. Read the article here.

Late-Night Screen Time Puts Teens’ Sleep And Mental Health At Risk

Summer could be a good time to encourage teenagers to put down their phones and enjoy the outdoors. View the article here.

Teenagers Are As Sedentary As 60-Year-Olds By Age 19

Researchers wonder whether teens’ increasing inactivity has to do with how the school day is structured and the increasing number of screens in our modern world. Read the article here.

Talk To Your Teenager About Digital Literacy

Many young people have not yet fully grasped that what they share online can derail their future. Read the article here.

The Worst Things Your Kid Can Learn On The Internet

Being aware that kids can discover some iffy stuff online – and discussing what to do with the information – are the best ways to keep kids safe. Read this blog post from Common Sense Media here.

Gen Z Spends Less Time With Text

It seems that long and short form video is the way to connect with Gen Z. Read the article here.

Silent Struggle: 4 Ways Girls Get Pulled Into Using Porn (And What You Can Do To Help Them)

The truth is that girls are just as susceptible to sexual addiction as boys are, and it’s time to start talking about it to help end their silent struggle.

Read the article here.

For Many, Technology Addiction Is Real

Younger users are more likely to struggle with attachment. Read the research here.

Teen Girls Suffer From Digital Dating Abuse

Researchers at the University of Michigan and University of California-Santa Barbara have found teens experience digital dating abuse at similar rates, but girls reported that they were more upset by these behaviors and reported more negative emotional responses.

Read the article here.

Social Media Linked To Surge In Plastic Surgery

Certain surgeons can thank social media for the rapid increase in spending on cosmetic plastic surgery, according to a new study from a British think-tank, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which echoes similar studies in the U.S.

Read the article here.

YouTube And Instagram Stars Explain How To Protect Your Kids From Online Bullying

Even the most popular kids online deal with cyberbullying. Read the article here.