August 16, 2017

WRAL on 6 ways to help tweens, teens who are engaging in dangerous activities online and off logo

From the potentially deadly Hot Water Challenge to the newest anonymous app Sarahah, teens and tweens are (still) engaging in very dangerous activities. The latest article in WRAL’s Go Ask Mom column gives parents excellent advice on how to respond, including having open conversations — not lectures! — with your kids. It’s time to huddle.

August 15, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: The Social Institute launches the Social Locker Room

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The subscription-based digital educational platform is built for parents struggling to help their kids navigate social media as digital citizens. As a team member, you’ll lock arms with us and other parents around the country to help kids win the game of social media. 

August 5, 2017

Student Insider Abby Straub on socially networking

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A recent high school graduate and member of our first Student League, Abby Straub writes about the importance of networking — even as a college freshman — and how social media makes it easier than ever (once you get past the 🦋 butterflies 🦋 in your stomach, that is). 

August 1, 2017

The Washington Post on Terrelle Pryor’s use of social media to inspire kids to work as hard as he does

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Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor on why he uses Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat: “…kids are always on social media and hopefully when they are looking at me, they are like, ‘I want to go work hard. That inspires me to go do some great things.’” We couldn’t say it any better. Read the full story in The Washington Post.

July 29, 2017

Wired reports on the Blue Whale Challenge

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The online game supposedly encourages players to hurt themselves over 50 days, culminating in suicide. It was increasingly mentioned in the news this summer when teen deaths were blamed on it. All coverage we saw encourage parents to monitor their children more closely; we encouraged them to talk to their kids more often. We choose Huddling over helicoptering every single day. In this article, Jessi Hempel dives in and aims to “Kill the Blue Whale Challenge.”

July 11, 2017

Q&A: How Duke Football’s Derek Jones wins the game of social media

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We huddled with Duke Football assistant coach Derek Jones. With over 29,000 followers on Twitter, @DukeCoachDJ shares his 140-character advice with student-athletes and coaches around the globe. Learn how he uses social media to inspire his followers and to decide which new players to recruit. Here’s a taste: “The way you present yourself [on social media] speaks volumes.”

July 6, 2017

The Independent reports on 11-year-old who shows how vulnerable your devices are

Reuben Paul may be only 11 years old, but his tech prowess is stunning parents and cyber experts. This summer, he began spreading the word about how smart cars, fridges, lights and even teddy bears can be used to spy on or harm people. Upworthy covered the story.

June 30, 2017

Upworthy on how moderate use of social media “builds resilience and wellbeing in youth”

The U.K.’s Education Policy Institute (EPI) just published the results of a study on “Children and Young People’s Mental Health” with a strong focus on the effects social media. The findings reported in The Independent: Unless children are “extreme internet users”, the benefits of social media outweigh the drawbacks. 

June 7, 2017

The New York Times on the secret social media lives of teenagers

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You may find some of the info in this New York Times article discouraging. Here’s the good news: “…teens still say that their parents have the biggest influence on determining what is appropriate and inappropriate online.” That’s YOU! We can help. 

June 5, 2017

U.S. News & World Report says Harvard rescinded 10 acceptances over obscene posts

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U.S. News & World Report says that the posts, which were shared in private online messages by the formerly Harvard-bound students, were “sexually explicit and sometimes racist.” Lesson: When they go low — no matter who “they” are, even your BFFs in a private chat — you go high. Every. Single. Time.

June 1, 2017

Quartz on the perfect graduation gift to scrub social media accounts

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If your child is more like an adult and late to winning the game of social, their social media pages may contain posts a future employer or college admissions officer shouldn’t see. As they say in the biz, and as reported by Quartz, there’s an app for that. (Well, technically, it’s a widget.) 

May 31, 2017

Ed Tech Times on youth social media and smartphone use

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Social media is a game you can win or lose. At The Social Institute, we do all we can to give parents and other role models the tools they need to equip kids to win. We like to think that the author of this thoughtful article in Ed Tech Times would agree with our approach. (But we didn’t ask because he’s busy being the faculty director for professional education at Boston University’s School of Education.)   

May 31, 2017

3 conversations to have with your child about social media before summer break

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Huddles: That’s what we call short one-on-one conversations between parents and kids about ways to win at social. With lots of summertime social media free time ahead☀️⏱☀️, it’s a good idea to talk with your child about how to use it best. Huddle up!

May 25, 2017

The Daily Dot on cyberbacking fourth-grade activist Little Miss Flint

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THIS is cyberbacking. 👊 If you witness someone being bullied online, back them up. It’s that simple. Great coverage by The Daily Dot.

May 23, 2017

Why parents should ask permission to post photos of their child on social media

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If you’re the parent of a middle- or high-schooler in 2017, there’s a good chance that your mom didn’t share baby photos of you on social media. A college recruiter can’t Google your name and see your eighth-grade graduation pics. Your potential boss can’t come across your naked toddler self in the bath tub. So, ask your child’s permission when they’re old enough, and use it as a chance to reinforce high standards.