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U.S. News & World Report says Harvard rescinded 10 acceptances over obscene posts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

WCNC-TV on Charlotte social media elite who treat their fame like full-time jobs

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Need to inspire a teen to “play to their core”? Share this article from WCNC. The social media stars profiled are great examples of this important social standard. They all started by sharing what they naturally love the most — including dressing up with a dog — and their passion, dedication, and hard work paid off with followers, fans, and (for some) a full-time job. 

May 19, 2017

Forbes reports on how social media is impacting how students learn

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We are excited to learn about Goodwall’s efforts to integrate social media and education (versus devising more ways to separate them). “The reality is that students do spend many hours a day on social media and educators and schools can and should leverage the platforms to engage the students and enhance learning.” Read more in Forbes about how social media is affecting learning and the role it could play in the traditional classroom. 


May 17, 2017

espnW on Kate Fagan’s University of Colorado commencement speech

Consider this: “I have created a crude algorithm in my head, and I’m now altering THE STORY OF MY LIFE, to chase page views.” Or this: “We now seem addicted to the reaction, to the applause. And even more than that: It’s as if nothing is inherently beautiful, but only if enough people agree that it is…” Kate Fagan’s speech is full of life lessons stated simply, and relatably, for teens. Parents, share this one with your older kids. The transcript is on espnW.

May 9, 2017

espnW reports on the teen who shut down body-shaming with one tweet

After tweeting a photo of herself in her prom garb, an Indianapolis teenager got fat-shamed. By strangers. At The Social Institute, we encourage students to go high when others go low, and this high school senior did just that. Her follow-up tweet, as reported by espnW, went viral. 

May 9, 2017

Mashable covers Nicki Minaj giving straight-A students a surprise on Twitter

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We love seeing this type of support and generosity anywhere, but especially on social media. High-fives 🙏 to Ms. Minaj (and to Mashable for covering the story). And those straight-A students she reached out to? We see you. Keep up the awesome work, and follow Nicki’s example on social, too. Use it for good.

May 4, 2017

Bustle on “the hidden villain” in Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” (bad parenting)

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OK, wow. That title is harsh. But the article, published in Bustle,  supports a belief shared by The Social Institute: Equipping our kids to win the game of social starts at home. And if they don’t or can’t talk to a parent about what they face every day on their devices, they aren’t set up to 🏆. We also agree that “it’s not as easy as asking ‘What’s wrong?’ at the dinner table,” and that sometimes it takes “persisting with a gentle touch and honest intentions.” In other words, it’s hard. We’re here to help.

April 23, 2017

ESPN on how NFL teams track prospects on social media

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This article at ESPN reveals just how seriously an athlete’s career can be affected by what they share — or what others share about them — online. And it acknowledges the good social can do: “Everything you put up there, that’s going to be read by everyone,”draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said. “You have to be careful of all of that and be aware of it. It can be a positive, or it can be a major negative.” 🎯🏈 #winatsocial

April 21, 2017

The Independent reports that Bill Gates limits his kids’ tech use

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His kids weren’t allowed to have their own cell phones until they were 14, and no one — adults included — had a phone or tablet at the dinner table. Not crazy, right? We call it striking a balance. ⚖⏱ Read more in The Independent about why Bill Gates thought this was so important in The Independent.

April 20, 2017

ESPN on Steph Curry’s decision to log off during game time

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The Golden State Warriors’ #30 is a role model on and off the basketball court, including social media. He plays to his core — sharing the best version of himself — and strikes a balance like the pro he is. Read why Steph Curry “deleted every social media application from his phone before Game 1 of the first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers” in this article at ESPN. Then go bounce some 🏀.

April 6, 2017

The Verge on how Facebook will stop revenge porn from spreading

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ICYMI, revenge porn is revealing images or videos posted online without the subject’s consent. #notnice Often, this is done by a scorned lover, but sometimes — as reported by The Verge — it’s done for kicks and giggles, like the secret Facebook page of servicewomen made by Marines. #wow Facebook is trying to curtail revenge porn by making it more difficult to post but the best way to avoid revenge porn is by keeping your private photos private. The end.