April 5, 2019

Is Social Media Education The New Driver’s Ed?

The future of social media education is not fear-based, focused on one-offs, or created by adults. The future of this important education is empowering, sustainable, and co-created with students.

March 5, 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.

February 19, 2019

What Is Virtual Private Network, And Why Are Teens Using It?

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Mom: “Hey, how did you post during school hours?” Daughter: “Oh, no big deal. I just used my VPN to get around the school’s control.”

January 6, 2019

How to encourage positive social media experience for kids after rash of sex crimes

CBS 17 talks to Laura Tierney after news breaks about three sex crimes in which teens met adult strangers on social media and engaged in a sexual relationship with them. 

December 21, 2018

Ethical, social, digital: Shaping the 21st century student

Education NC dives into our positive, proactive approach to social media education and speaks with school leaders across districts and organizations.

December 20, 2018

Should You Give Your Kids a Smartphone for the Holidays?

Your child’s first smartphone is a big deal for both of you. Are they ready? Are you ready? Ask yourself these four questions.

December 19, 2018

The Gift for Grandparents That Keeps on Giving

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This holiday, consider giving your grandparent(s) a treasured gift that will keep on giving — the gift of understanding technology. We break down 12 tech tricks grandparents would love to ...

November 28, 2018

Tips for gifting your child their first cell phone for Christmas

This holiday, kids all over are wishing for their first cell phone, a device that brings constant connection with friends and potentially strangers. How do you know if your child ...

November 21, 2018

Shamed for her post about low Instagram likes, mom blogger speaks out

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We spoke with NBC about parents wanting lots of “likes” whenever they post about their kids on social media. As you know well, adults need coaching on social media just ...

November 20, 2018

Wake County Public Schools equip parents with social media training

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WRAL featured our first-ever public school partnership with Wakefield Middle School — part of Wake Country Public School System, the 15th largest public school district in the United States. 

November 8, 2018

Ask Laura: What to do when you and your child are addicted to screens?

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So… you complain that your child is spending too much time on their phone, and they throw it right back, telling you that you are on your phone all of ...

October 13, 2018

Real life vs. online life: For kids, is there a difference?

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Parents often question if their kids can even differentiate between events that are happening in the real world and the virtual ones that they are building online. Here is what ...

August 30, 2018

Ask Laura: How can teens put their best foot forward online for colleges? Get on LinkedIn

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Laura Tierney asks an 18-year-old, who created a LinkedIn profile during her senior year in high school, for the best tips to creating a LinkedIn profile, sharing your accomplishments and ...

August 21, 2018

Handling kids’ social media fears during back-to-school

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Our social media coach Sean Kelly shared with TODAY.com how parents can huddle with their children about social media before they head back-to-school.

August 20, 2018

Chapel Hill’s The Social Institute plots growth

The Triangle Business Journal covered our latest preparations for the new school year: expanding staff, upgrading curriculum, and growing our team of school partners. #WinAtSocial