April 14, 2020

The Social Institute Launches Student-Led, Social-Emotional Remote Advisory Program to Address Challenges Facing Schools and Students

The Social Institute announced an enhanced offering to its current #WinAtSocial curriculum, providing schools nationwide with technology capability and weekly content updates to provide remote advisory sessions supporting students’ social-emotional health, well-being, and executive functioning skills.

June 6, 2019

The Social Institute Hires Former Dean of Students to Enhance School Partnerships

School may be out for the summer, but the The Social Institute is using the academic break to ramp up staff and offerings in advance of a new school year. Josh Lutkus, former Dean of Students at Gaston Day School in Charlotte, N.C., joined the team in June as Partner Success Manager.

February 25, 2019

The Social Institute Releases #WinAtSocial, The World’s First Gamified, Positive Social Media Curriculum

The Social Institute announced that its pioneering new curriculum, #WinAtSocial, is now available for K-12 schools across the country. #WinAtSocial is the first-ever gamified and positive social media curriculum for students, parents, and educators, and has already been rolled out at select pilot schools to support their digital citizenship and social emotional learning programs.

September 26, 2018

A college student reimagines Instagram Famous

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20-year-old student Abby Straub, a student-athlete at Franklin & Marshall, breaks down the meaning of Instafamous and begins to reimagine what social media could be all about.  Less about likes and looks, more about authenticity and originality

September 19, 2018

My High School Catfish Tale: I was duped hook, line and sinker

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Social media coach EJ Proctor recalls a time in high school when she met an attractive guy through Facebook, named Jake Moonan. She had no idea what was about to happen after accepting that friend request. 

September 10, 2018

Why high school students should be on LinkedIn, according to a college freshman

Laura Tierney talks with a recent high school graduate about how she uses LinkedIn to fuel her goals and what advice she has for other students looking for an edge in future job opportunities.

September 7, 2018

Why it’s OK if your child plays with strangers on Fortnite

Social media coach Sean Kelly huddles with three rising 8th grade students to learn when and why they play Fortnite with strangers — and why parents do not need to be worried about it.

August 14, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: The Social Institute Expands Staff to Meet Growing Demand for Positive Social Media Education

As a new school year begins, The Social Institute is increasing staff, updating curriculums, and partnering with additional schools in order to empower even more students around the nation to use social media positively.

July 9, 2018

The Social Institute welcomes EJ Proctor to leadership team as social media coach

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We’re growing, and our newest teammate knows plenty about winning through teamwork. Duke graduate EJ Proctor left a professional soccer career to lock arms with students, parents, and educators across the nation around positive social media use.

June 20, 2018

Accountability will be easier with iOS 12

When Apple’s new operating system, iOS 12, rolls out later this month, it’ll be the first time “parental controls” are extended to parents, too. This means that families who are living up to high standards together will have a much easier time keeping each other — not just the youngest in the house 👦👧 — accountable.

June 8, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: The Social Institute to present at the NCAIS 2018 Women in Leadership Conference

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On June 10 – 11, 2018, Laura Tierney will meet with students and school administrators to brainstorm effective strategies for positive social media education in high school, showcasing our bottom-up approach by involving student attendees in a presentation to leadership.

May 23, 2018

Cosmo After Dark: Is there really porn on Snapchat?

Parents in our Facebook Group, Parent Social Huddle, voiced concerns about Cosmo’s new Snapchat Discover channel called “Cosmo Afer Dark.” It’s since been pulled from Snapchat (🎉😁). But only users who are at least 18 years old would have seen what Cosmo posted there thanks to age-gating.


May 15, 2018

Laura Tierney named 40 Under 40 leader by Triangle Business Journal

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Each year, the Triangle Business Journal accepts nominations for their annual 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards. With these, they honor the brightest, most promising business people under the age of 40 in the Triangle. Today we learned that The Social Institute Founder and President Laura Tierney is one of these 4o young leaders! 

April 24, 2018

This 13-word sentence is the key to avoiding a real-life “13 Reasons Why”

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Last year, this show had everybody talking and almost as many people watching. Are you one of the millions of parents who are a little freaked out about Season 2 and wondering what to do? We have a 13-word answer. Yeah, we know: clever.

April 17, 2018

WE’RE HIRING: Social Media Coach

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Good news! We need help empowering students, parents, and educators to navigate social media positively nationwide. Polish your resume (and your social media accounts #winatsocial 🏆), write a killer cover letter that convinces us you’re as passionate about what we’re doing as we are, and get them both to us by May 15, 2018. We can’t wait to hear from you.