December 19, 2017

Giving your child a smartphone for Christmas? Here’s how to keep them safe online

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Our president, Laura Tierney, talks to Stephanie Lopez on an ABC 11 Eyewitness News segment on what parents can do to get ready for their child’s new responsibility.  

December 15, 2017

What parents need to know about Taylor Swift’s new ‘The Swift Life’ app

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Taylor Swift’s new app? Yeah, we’re on it. Here’s what parents should know, according to our founder, Laura Tierney. Also: #swiftlife.

December 13, 2017

Ask Laura: What do I do when my teen has strict technology limits, but his best friend doesn’t?

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This is the second article in a series on WRAL’s Go Ask Mom in which Laura Tierney, founder of The Social Institute, answers readers’ questions about social media and kids.

December 13, 2017

Are you following the same digital rules you set for your kids?

Kids don’t need double standards; they need high standards and adults who are living them. This article in the Washington Post by Laura Tierney suggests setting up family standards instead.

December 11, 2017

Should you give your kids a smartphone for the holidays?

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Great question. Our founder, Laura Tierney, suggests you ask four questions before committing to a new level of parenting. 

December 7, 2017

Tweens and smartphones: How to gift responsibly

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Pianist Jim Brickman has a radio show segment, and he interviewed Laura Tierney about the importance of setting boundaries with tech, tweens, and a hyperconnected world. Their convo is short and poignant.

December 4, 2017

Facebook announces new Messenger Kids for under 13s; but should your kids use it?

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Our founder, Laura Tierney, weighs in on whether kids are likely to use anything Facebook-y and how parents can better prepare kids for social media use. 

November 29, 2017

Your child’s first smartphone

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As you set up your kids for optimum connectedness and safety with their first smartphone this holiday season, consider taking these steps from our president, Laura Tierney.

November 8, 2017

Ask Laura: How can I get my middle schooler to put down her phone, engage with the world?

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This is the first article in a monthly series on WRAL’s Go Ask Mom in which Laura Tierney, founder of The Social Institute, answers readers’ questions about social media and kids.

October 25, 2017

TBH: What parents should know about this feel-good app teens love

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ABC 11 talked to Laura Tierney about the anonymous app that Facebook bought just weeks after it launched. BTW, “TBH” stands for “to be honest.”  

October 24, 2017

Police warn parents of ‘Finsta’: the secret side of social media

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Laura Tierney talks to WCNC’s Savannah Levins about teens’ fake Instagram accounts: “Ask your children outright if they have a Finsta, also known as a spam account.” 

October 20, 2017

USA Today on why your child’s “finsta” is a big deal

Fake + Instagram account = a “finsta,” and chances are, your child has one 😳 . USA Today reports on these accounts with a quote from Laura Tierney.

October 17, 2017

ABC 11 follows Laura Tierney to a Wake county school, where students learn cyberbacking skills

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Laura Tierney talks to reporter Stephanie D. Lopez at ABC11 Eyewitness News about our work with schools, parents, and teens. 

October 17, 2017

Parents: You follow your teen on Instagram, but do you know about their Finsta?

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TODAY Show reporter Kavita Varma-White talked to our president and founder Laura Tierney about how teens are using fake Instagram accounts and what parents can do about it.

October 16, 2017

“The Struggle is Real” podcast talks to Laura Tierney on winning the game of social

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Put in your earbuds to hear Laura Tierney and “The Struggle is Real” podcast hosts from Family Bridges/Lazos de Familia discuss the power of social media Do’s.