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.

May 4, 2017

What teens tweet about “13 Reasons Why” may surprise you

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Press coverage about the new Netflix show is dying down, but teens are still talking about it. This is what they’re saying. It may surprise you. 

April 28, 2017

A mother and daughter talk about watching #13ReasonsWhy together

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“My dad always says to choose the hard right over the easy wrong, and no one did that in this show,” says Emily, a high school senior who asked her mom to watch “13 Reasons Why” with her. How do they recommend other parents and teens approach this controversial series? With open minds and as many conversations as necessary.

April 26, 2017

Social media monitoring tools: Why 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.

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 21, 2017

This 13-word sentence is the key to avoiding a real-life #13ReasonsWhy

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This show has got everybody talking and almost as many people watching it. Are you one of the millions of parents who are a little freaked out and wondering what to do? We have a 13-word answer. Yeah, we know: clever.

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 19, 2017

How to monitor what your child can purchase and download

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Whether your family uses Apple or Android devices, there are ways to control and monitor the apps and other downloads your child buys. One requires more vigilance than the other, but they’re BOTH better than nothing. Because come on. It’s your 💰💰💰 after all.

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. 
April 1, 2017

Should you follow your child on Instagram?

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Parents ask us this question a lot, and we have an answer. Here’s a hint: It’s one word and it rhymes with 👗.

March 28, 2017

MWT posts a Nature Valley ad showing kids addicted to tech

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Yes, an ad. Advertising both shapes culture and reveals it to us. In this video, posted on Most Watched Today, Nature Value promotes one of The Social Institute’s core values: striking a balance. Technology and social media can be used for good! They can build confidence, encourage community, affect change. But we all need to step away from it, too. Get outside. Talk to each other face-to-face. Take a walk.

March 17, 2017

Why kids think you should respond to their texts RIGHT NOW, and how to change that

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Kids learn to expect an immediate response when texting with their parents, and they learn it from someone they watch very closely. #whocoulditbe 

March 17, 2017

Family Social Standards Agreement

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All family members sign this one-page agreement with nine standards that they commit to helping each other live up to. That’s right: Both parents and kids sign it.