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Teens Help Seniors Stay Engaged By Offering Tech Tutoring

Teens teach seniors how to best use technology to reach out to loved ones, which has become increasingly important while they are forced to keep distance because of national COVID-19 concerns. Read the article here.

Under Lockdown, U.S. Teens Turn To TikTok For Life Hacks, Laughs

Millions of U.S. teenagers shut up in their homes and receiving their education online are turning for morale support and comic relief to each other – via immensely popular video sharing apps like TikTok. Read the article here.

Social Media Challenge Has Teens Trying To get COVID-19

A new social media challenge could have your child licking different public objects to possibly get the coronavirus. Read the article here.

Teens Without Internet Access Are Fearful They Won’t Achieve Their Dream

A new survey by National 4-H Council and Microsoft Corp. found that teens without broadband Internet access are less optimistic about their social and economic mobility. Read the article here.

Gaming Usage Up 75% Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Video streaming has also seen a bump, up 12 percent during peak usage hours. Read the article here.

12 Teens On Being Stuck At Home Because Of The Coronavirus

“I’ve been doing what Gen Z does. I’ve adapted, I’ve overcome, and I’ve been on my phone too much.” Read the article here.

Limit Social Media, Hike Communication As Teen Anxiety Increases Over COVID-19

Uncertainty during pandemic tough for teens. Read the article here.

Audible To Provide Free Audiobooks For Children & Teens During COVID-19 Pandemic

Audiobook powerhouse Audible launches Audible Stories. Read the article here.

Prom Might Be Cancelled, But TikTok Teens Have Backup Plans

Students were upset, but worked out ways to prom from home. Read the article here.

This Week In TikTok: Bored Teens Are making Self-Isolation Content

This is TikTok on coronavirus, and much like the world around it, everything feels weird and different. Read the article here.

Project Digs Deeper Into Teenage Smartphone Use

Researchers want to examine how adolescents and others use their phones to nearly the second; ‘The phone really is this mirror.’ Read the article here.

How Social Media Affects The Mental Health Of Teenagers

Research has found that social media use can affect self-esteem, and make typical teenage pressure and bullying worse, but it can also connect isolated teens and help them find supportive networks. Read the article here.

Young Women Often Face Sexual Harassment Online – Including On Dating Sites And Apps

Online dating has grown in popularity, but many young women report experiencing some form of harassment on these platforms, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Read the article here.

Microsoft Just Revealed A Ton Of New Info About The Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X is due out at the end of the year and will go head to head with Sony’s latest offering. Read the article here.

Study Suggests That Excessive Self-Presentation On Instagram Can Backfire

New research provides evidence that how people present themselves on Instagram can influence how many “likes” they receive. Read the article here.

‘Call Of Duty’ Sets Its Sights On ‘Fornite,’ Domination Of Battle Royale Video Games

Free to play online, and available to download starting at 11 a.m. EDT/8 a.m. PDT Tuesday, “Warzone” lets up to 150 players compete in a last-man standing combat game. Read the article here.

Is Your Teen Addicted To Gaming?

How do you know when all that gaming becomes too much gaming? Read the article here.

Gen Z’s Favorite Social-Media Platform? None Of The Above

But new research from Kantar reveals that while this generation is more active than any other age group on social media, their favorite social haunts aren’t YouTube, Facebook, Snap or TikTok. Read the article here.

TikTok Penetration Among US Gen Zers

The media’s obsession with Gen Z and TikTok is ever-present, but whether user levels are as high as reported is debatable. Read the article here.

Teens Love TikTok, But Do They Love The Video App Too Much?

To some, the Chinese-owned online video service is an unnerving black box that could be sharing information with the Chinese government, facilitating espionage, or just promoting videos and songs some parents consider lewd. Read the article here.

The Terror Of Teen Drivers: Parents Track Their Kids Without Being In The Car

Apps allow parents and insurers to track teen drivers, though sometimes it backfires. Read the article here.

TikTok Teens Are Obsessed With Fake Luxury Products

Young consumers want to wear items that look like Gucci or Lululemon, but don’t necessarily want to pay for them. Read the article here.

How Schools Are Using Kids’ Phones To Track And Surveil Them

A technology used in a number of prisons is tracking students now too. Read the article here.

Teen Hit Yolo Raises $8M To Let You Snapchat Anonymously

Now it’s safeguarding the app from predators while revealing a smart new feature for spinning up anonymous group chats, powered by $8 million in fresh funding. Read the article here.

Opinion: ‘The Children I Meet Are Often Shattered By Their Social Media Use’

“On the one hand, [our devices] are great fun and often fascinating, but on the other hand, they can be a continuous distraction from our real lives and can often make us feel tense, nervy and disconnected.” Read the article here.

‘Metabolism Drops’ Recall: What To Know About TikTok’s Latest Dangerous Trend

The maker of Metabolism Drops, Rae Wellness, has issued a recall after teens began promoting this weight-loss supplement on TikTok. Read the article here.

Arkansas Mother Upset Teenager Injured In ‘Skullbreaker Challenge’

The “skullbreaker challenge” is spreading through the internet. View the video here.

Selfies Could Be A Source Of Anxiety And Body Shame For Teen Girls

Researchers say stressing over which selfies to post could become problematic. Read the article here.

A Novel Approach To Counseling Depressed, Anxious Teens: Video-chatting With Therapists

A pioneering schools project connects stressed-out young people to therapists miles away via computers. Read the article here.

App Monitors Teens’ Phones So Parents Don’t Have To

Developers say that because the app monitors tens of thousands of teens, it can pick up on trends and understands the way teens communicate. Read the article here.

Internet Acronyms Teens And Predators Know, But Parents Should

Many kids use a variety of acronyms shortcuts when texting — sometimes to keep parents in the dark. Read the article here.

Is YouTube Turning Kids Into Budding Shoppers?

Kids and teens hold a lot of spending power that’s extending into households. Read the article here.

How Colleges Use Kids’ Social Media Feeds

Learn how what you post can hurt — and help — the admissions process. Read the article here.

High Amounts Of Screen Time Begin As Early As Infancy

Children of first-time mothers, those in home-based childcare log most screen time. Read the article here.

This Teen’s Hand-Made ‘Meme Guide’ Is A Must-Read For Every Parent

If you’ve ever wondered what a VSCO girl is, why your kids respond to your questions with “yeet,” or where the “Old Town Road” is located, there’s now a helpful guide for that. Read the article here.

Twitch Poised To Top 40 Million Users, Especially Younger Ones

Online gaming community content publisher Twitch is poised to top 40 million U.S. users, according to new estimates released this morning by eMarketer. Read the article here.

When Parents Should Worry About Teen Girls Sharing Selfies

When adolescent girls spend too much time agonizing over which photo of themselves to post, or rely heavily on editing apps to alter their images, there may be cause for concern. Read the article here.

Can New Snapchat Features Help Troubled Teens?

Snapchat has announced a new feature called “Here For You” that promises to “provide proactive in-app support to Snapchatters who may be experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis”. Read the article here.

Behind That Teenage TikTok Star, There’s Probably A Very Confused Parent

Teens can achieve online stardom almost overnight. While that creates an opportunity for a generation of internet users, it also poses a new challenge for a generation of parents. Read the article here.

Teens Are Deleting Instagrams Almost As Fast As They Post Them

Regularly culling their feeds helps ensure teens are putting their best face forward and youthful transgressions don’t come back to haunt them. Read the article here.

Research Links Social Media To Mental Distress In Teens

Are more and more teens experiencing the negative effects of social media? Dr. Gillian Galen and Cosmopolitan’s Jessica Pels discuss in this video from MSNBC. View the video here.

More Evidence Links Social Media Use To Poorer Mental Health In Teens

Smartphones, and being on Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok and the like may be taking a big toll on teens’ mental health, a new survey of collected data on the subject shows. Read the article here.

Teens Warned About Dangerous Social Media Jumping Challenge

Called the “Skullbreaker Challenge,” authorities and parents are warning teenagers that the new social media craze, made popular on Tik Tok, could cause serious damage to participants. Read the article here.

Ahead Of The Game: The Gaming Streamer Wars Are Heating Up

Companies are cashing in on this top passionate point among today’s youth, sealing deals and inking partnerships that they hope will capture the attention of today’s young gamers. Read the article here.

3 Ways For Big Tech To Protect Teens From Harm

Two psychiatrists offer key changes that social media platforms can make to stop doing harm and start doing good for those who may struggle with their mental health. Read the article here.

The Saddest Part Of Sadfishing

Is this ultra-personal sharing happening in the wrong forum? Read the article here.

New Report Links Smartphones And Social Media To Stress Among Teens

A new report released Monday suggests that increasing smartphone and social media use could be contributing to mental health issues among teens, including depression, anxiety, stress and poor self-esteem. View the video here.

We Gave Teenagers Smartphones. Did We Rob Them Of An Inner Life?

Teens, more than anyone, need time spent in solitude, where emotions are processed and the brain powers down. Read the article here.

Talking To Kids About Tech Most Dreadful For Most Parents

A total of 1,000 British parents took part in the research, and 56% would rather talk to their children about sex and puberty than learn about new online features, trends, and gadgets. Read the article here.

What Is TikTok, And Why Are Teens Obsessed With It?

At its core, TikTok is a video sharing application where people can post videos and use an array of soundtracks and Snapchat-style filters, which can morph faces or create other intriguing visual effects. Read the article here.

If You Have Questions About Teens, They’re Answering Them For You On Reddit

Teenagers want to be understood, are some of the answers on Reddit helpful for parents trying to understand? Read the article here.

Teens Have Figured Out How To Mess With Instagram’s Tracking Algorithm

Teenagers are using group accounts to flood Instagram with random user data that can’t be tied to a single person. Read the article here.

The Role Of Memes In Teen Culture

Memes can provide an opening for parents to talk to adolescents about serious issues like coronavirus or the possibility of war. Read the article here.

‘We’re constantly asked for pictures’: Teen Researches Why Sending Naked Pics Is Now Normal

Kiona Osowski’s Grade 12 research project started with a question, based on her own experiences as a 17-year-old teenager: why are girls so often asked for nude photos? Read the article here.

Gaming’s Biggest Names Are Ditching Twitch For $10 Million Contracts

The gaming defections also highlight the growing challenge that Twitch, which Amazon bought for nearly $1 billion more than five years ago, faces in an increasingly competitive market filled with other tech-backed rivals. Read the article here.

Teenagers Are Discovering That The World Of YouTube Fan Fiction Can Have A Dark, Sexual, And Violent Side

Some teens go looking for this X-rated content on the site Wattpad, but some just stumble across it, potentially thanks to the site’s “You’ll also like” recommendations. Read the article here.

For Gen Z-ers, YouTube Algorithm ‘Gets Me’

Algorithms designed by social and streaming platforms have been working hard in the background to learn user behavior and serve up new content specifically catered to each individual’s specific interests. Read the article here.

Porn Survey Reveals Extent Of UK Teenagers’ Viewing Habits

BBFC report finds parents are in denial or largely unaware of what their children view online. Read the article here.

Will You Be My #Content?

For social media influencers and oversharers, life is full of material. But what if their friends don’t want to be the co-stars? Read the article here.

What Parents Overlook When Their Teen Is A Heavy Gamer

Most American parents believe their teens spend too much time playing video games, but many underestimate the actual amount, a new survey shows. Read the article here.

Average Parent Spends Just 5 Hours Face-To-Face With Their Kids Per Week

44% said their familial disconnect is a result of their kids logging inordinate amounts of time on their phones during traditional “family time” in the evening. Read the article here.

Our Daughter’s Nightly Struggle

Navigating this technology thing is not fun, for parents or our teens, but fighting the battle is worth it. Read the article here.

I Monitor My Teens’ Electronics, And You Should Too

Kids should have no expectation of privacy on devices given to them by their parents. Read the article here.

TikTok Is Reshaping The Ways Brands Market To Youth

Brands such as E.L.F., Chipotle, and KIND are using TikTok as a marketing platform. Read the article here.

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.