April 4, 2018

Tools to monitor content and manage screen time

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Even the best combination of monitoring and filtering tools can’t beat regular huddles with your kid. But we understand the desire to use them to help keep tabs on things. Social media rookies, especially, can benefit from the additional oversight. But there’s no one-size-fits-all solution

April 4, 2018

TSI Top 10: Social media platforms teens use the most

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By the end of the 2017-2018 school year, we will have surveyed at least 5,000 middle and high school students across the country. Here’s what they’ve told us are their favorite social media apps. Not sure what VSCO is or the safety features on YouTube? Follow the links to the corresponding Playbooks in our Social Locker Room.

March 21, 2018

Why kids can’t stop playing Fortnite and what parents can do about it

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Did you know that winning the video game Fortnite is almost impossible? That the game makers estimate it would take a player 75 to 155 hours to complete its 100 tiers? Or that it’s built to consume gamers’ attention and time? But none of that means Fortnite is inherently bad. In fact, gameplay requires a high level of strategy and collaboration.

March 16, 2018

The #NeverAgain movement: What no one else is talking about

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We’ve all been following the what the students in Parkland are doing to change our nation’s gun laws after their classmates were killed in a school shooting. What hasn’t been told yet is the story about how students are supported by the adults in their lives: parents, educators, and role models. These groups are coming together as one team and, because of that, their impact is simply and utterly inspiring.

March 15, 2018

Self-reflecting, networking, and sharing ideas: Social Media Coach Sean Kelly on the 2018 NAIS annual conference

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When he returned from Atlanta last week, Sean sat down to write about his time with The Social Institute team at the National Association of Independent Schools’ annual conference. The weather was cold and wet, but it couldn’t keep Sean’s spirits (or energy!) down.

March 7, 2018

Where is social media education headed? Experts weigh in.

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We hosted our first Twitter chat to kick off the NAIS annual conference. 🐦💬👍 The topic was the future of social media education, something we think about, talk about, and plan for every day at The Social Institute. The highlights from Twitter will get you thinking, talking, and planning, too.

March 1, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: The Social Institute to present at the NAIS annual conference

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On Friday, March 9, at the National Association of Independent School’s annual conference in Atlanta, The Social Institute’s president, Laura Tierney, will co-present “The Future of Social Media Education” with Ravenscroft School leaders. She, Sean Kelly, and Shayna Heinrich will also be at Booth 242 at the conference expo, where conferencegoers can enter a raffle to win 30 days of Social Locker Room access for their school community.  

February 23, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: The Social Institute starts 2018 with double the staff and triple the reach

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With an upgraded social media curriculum available to schools of all sizes, a growing team of role models, and school partners in multiple cities, The Social Institute is starting 2018 with double the staff and triple the reach. The company, which works with more than 15,000 students in schools across the U.S., is revolutionizing social media education by empowering students and their role models to win the game of social media.

February 15, 2018

What we can do about the “damage being done” by social media

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Have you seen Sean Parker’s Axios interview? He’s a former Facebook executive who speculates about the damage social media is “doing to our children’s brains” and says the creators of the most popular platforms knew what they were building. We pulled the juiciest bits from that interview and added our 👊 you’ve-got-this 💪 responses.

January 26, 2018

3 ways kids hide online from parents’ prying eyes

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Though we understand parents’ desire to monitor and protect their kids, it’s impossible to know everything they do or say on social media. In fact, it’s pretty easy to hide from prying eyes. Spend the time you’d normally use helicoptering 🚁 to huddle 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 instead. Help kids make the best moves. 

December 13, 2017

Social media monitoring tools: When not to spy

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We get it — you want to know what your child is doing online, which apps they’re downloading, who they are talking to, and how many hours they’re playing Pokemon Go. But using spyware to keep tabs is exhausting for you and invasive for them. It’s also, in the long run, not as effective as having regular conversations about social and digital. We call it huddling.

December 5, 2017

Q&A: How Nolan Smith wins the game of social media

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Former Portland Trail Blazer Nolan Smith is now a special assistant for the Duke men’s basketball team. And he knows social almost as well as he knows basketball. We talked with him about his online experiences, advice he has for younger users, and how he uses social for good. We even asked him to run some of our Social Sprints🏃. On camera. 

November 15, 2017

Q&A: How former Duke Basketball walk-on Sean Kelly wins the game of social media

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As student-manager-turned-player, he helped the 🏀 Duke Basketball team 🏀 win the 2015 National Championship. Now he helps students win the game of social media as a social media coach with The Social Institute. We talked with Sean about his personal positive approach and took him through some Social SprintsTM in this interview.

November 13, 2017

The results are in! Our Student Insiders present their final project.

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Our first group of Student Insiders (like interns but cooler) was small and ✈️ 4,500 miles apart 🌎 . That didn’t stop them from being amazing. Check out what they did for their final project and learn a little about each of them in their own words. Want more? Read Kirzhna’s and Kailey’s blog posts, too. 

October 31, 2017

Student Insider Kailey Jackson on using social media for college success

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With just months to go before she leaves for college, high school senior (and Student Insider!) Kailey Jackson shares her tips on using social media to make college awesome. From meeting new friends to promoting your major and connecting with alumni, her insights and tactical how-tos are spot on.