March 16, 2017

Password Lineup

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If something unexpected happens and you want access to your child’s social media accounts, you’ll need her login information: a username and password for each account. Perhaps you respect her desire for privacy and hesitate to ask her for this information. Maybe you already have and it’s posted on the door of the fridge. Or maybe you already log in as her on your own devices.

March 16, 2017

Refinery29 talks to Alec and Hilaria Baldwin about social media education

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The title of this article at Refinery29 was just the first thing we love about it. Let us count the other ways: 2) Like many parents, they feel like they can’t keep up with social media; 3) Alec cites the benefits of social and the need to teach those benefits; and 4) Hilaria uses the word “phubbing.” 📱🤦

March 15, 2017

USA Today reports on new Google app for parents

Parents can use Google’s new app, after downloading it on their phone and their child’s, to manage the apps she can access, how much time she can spend on each, and when the phone is turned off. (Think bedtime.) Google is still testing the app but hopes to release it this summer. An iOS 🍎 version is promised, too. We read about it in USA Today.

March 15, 2017

Platform Playbook

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This one-page PDF shows you at a glance how kids use the most popular and some of the lesser-known apps. Didn’t know your child could use Instagram to live stream? Or that an app called Calculator% is actually an anti-parent destination? Now you do. And 🌈🌟 The More You Know🌟🌈

March 14, 2017

Q&A: How 17-year-old Akshay Lulla wins the game of social media

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Ever wonder how 17-year-olds are using social media? Here’s one example. (👍 🙏 Akshay!) #spoileralert “I wish they understood that it can be productive. You can do good things on social media! It’s not all a waste of time.”

March 13, 2017

A strong email password keeps your social accounts safer, too

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“Two-factor authentication” sounds suuuuuper dull. (We almost fell asleep while typing that sentence.) But it could mean the difference between being hacked on social media and not being hacked.  

March 13, 2017

The Social Institute’s recommended social standards


The Social Institute is all about setting high standards for yourself whenever and wherever you’re being social. We focus on six and explain what it looks like to live up to them. What does it mean to “play to your core” or “strike a balance”? Find out here.

March 10, 2017

Four winning plays on Periscope: From comedy to war

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One of the first live-streaming apps is still going strong. Who’s making smart plays and how can you win there?

March 10, 2017

Can using social media improve teen happiness? Maybe!

A new study about the negative effects of social media is making the rounds. We take a close look at the survey results it’s based on.

March 10, 2017

What teens should include in their social media bio

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Many platforms let you create a bio, photo and all. What should yours show and tell?

February 18, 2017

The Huffington Post on surviving the social media generation


There are lots of good tips in this Huffington Post article for parents, including having regular conversations with your children about social media, using the platforms they use, and turning off all devices before bedtime. One of our favorites: “Watch what you post yourself. Teens imitate the adults around them.”

February 18, 2017

The Huffington Post on how social media affects the college admissions process


College recruiters are using social media to help determine which applicants would best contribute to a school’s mission. Posts that demonstrate “poor judgment, intolerance, or close-mindedness,” reports The Huffington Post, can have a greater effect on their decision than high standardized test scores. Social media is social. Period.

January 6, 2017

Laura Tierney on coaching teens to win at social media


In this article, published in the News & Observer in March 2016, TSI Founder Laura Tierney argues that that girls must see how their peers are using social media for good to understand its positive power.

January 6, 2017

VentureBeat reports 63 billion WhatsApp messages sent on New Year’s Eve


Never heard of WhatsApp? Lots of people use it, and your child may ask to use it, too. Read in VentureBeat just how popular it is and what people were saying there at the start of the year.

January 5, 2017

The New York Times on rules for social media, created by kids

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Household social media standards aside, kids have rules of their own — for each other. Education consultant Devorah Heitner gets the details in this New York Times article.