Are Your Kids Addicted To Their Phones? ‘Screenagers’ Wants to Help


Forbes | Keith Wagstaff In the new documentary  Screenagers, kids can’t stop playing with their phones. It’s a problem many parents face —including director Delaney Ruston, a physician serving as Stony Brook Medicine’s filmmaker in residence. “My son wanted to play more video...

July 8, 2016 MindMake

How to Tell if Your Kids Are Being Cyberbullied and What to Do


Secure Thoughts | Cassie Phillips Cyberbullies are the new norm in schools across the world, and they aren’t always the obvious problem kids with bad parentage. The anonymity and distance the internet provides gives kids plenty of opportunities for...

May 10, 2016 MindMake

Teachers Fear For Pupils’ Safety On Social Media


BBC – Education & Family Most teachers know of pupils who have used social media to share sexual messages, pictures or videos, a survey by a teachers’ union suggests. A poll of 1,304 teachers by the NASUWT union indicated most...

March 26, 2016 MindMake

Can Anonymous Apps Ever Be Safe For Kids?


The Guardian – Nicole Kobie Questions over whether the benefits of anonymous apps – such as giving children a space to explore sensitive issues – can outweigh the risks they pose Nicole Madison Lovell, a 13-year-old school girl from Virginia,...

March 13, 2016 MindMake

What is Kik and Should Your Child Be Using It?


The Guardian – Julia Carrie Wong Company claims as many as 40% of US teens are on the chat app – but after a series of scares, online safety groups urge caution Kik, like the past, is a foreign country....

March 7, 2016 MindMake

Tinder and 5 More Adult Dating Apps Teens Are Using


Common Sense Media – Polly Conway Unless you’re single, you might not be familiar with dating apps such as Tinder, where users can quickly swipe through prospective dates. But it’s likely your teen knows all about these apps — even...

March 3, 2016 MindMake

Google, Twitter and Others Face Growing Pressure For Online Safety


San Jose Mercury News – Queenie Wong Polly Naber thought her 15-year-old daughter Jill was just grappling with the daily stress of school work and cheerleading, but days after the Los Gatos High School freshman took her own life in...

February 29, 2016 MindMake

The 12 Apps That Every Parent Of A Teen Should Know About


The Huffington Post – Ann Brenoff Not everything online is evil, nor does danger lurk behind every new app that comes to market. But keeping up with your teens’ and preteens’ online activities is much like trying to nail jelly...

February 24, 2016 MindMake

Is Kindergarten Too Early to Learn to Tweet?


Graphite (Common Sense Media) – Sarah Jackson Most of us would agree that the Twitter-verse is more appropriate for the likes of celebrities and politicians than young children. But some educators are finding unique ways to use the tool starting...

February 17, 2016 MindMake

Messaging Apps in Junior High and High School


TechCrunch – Sarah Buhr As Facebook and YikYak try to grow a younger audience, a startup that taps into one of the key attribute of teen users – no money for data plans – is blowing up. Jott, a messaging...

February 7, 2016 MindMake
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