Children and Media

Mixed Perceptions About Kids Using Digital Media

Mixed Perceptions About Kids Using Digital Media

| October 31, 2011 | 2 Comments

The subject of kids and media — how much they consume, what’s “good” for them, what parents’ role should be — is a broad and complicated topic. New studies are continually released with a wide range of advice and information. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center is a great resource of illuminating research, and recently completed […]

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The Pitfalls and Promises of Facebook, Social Media, and Kids

The Pitfalls and Promises of Facebook, Social Media, and Kids

| March 25, 2011 | 9 Comments

With more than 500 million Facebook users across the world, it’s hard to refute that the social networking site has profoundly changed the way we communicate and share information. But what’s the Facebook effect on kids? When it comes to navigating the social networking world – whether it’s Facebook or Fan Fiction sites – the […]

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How Young is Too Young for Kids to Start Social Networking?

How Young is Too Young for Kids to Start Social Networking?

| March 24, 2011 | 7 Comments

What’s the appropriate age to start logging onto social networking sites? According to the Terms of Service for Facebook, at least, the answer is 13. But that doesn’t stop thousands of younger children from signing up. According to Facebook’s chief privacy adviser Mozelle Thompson, Facebook removes about 20,000 users a day who are underage. That […]

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5 Ways Twitter Has Changed Education

5 Ways Twitter Has Changed Education

| March 21, 2011 | 2 Comments

The microblogging platform Twitter turns 5 today, as it was on March 21, 2006, that co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the world’s first tweet: “just setting up my twttr.” Billions of tweets later, Twitter has changed the way many of us communicate and get information online. The short, 140-character-or-less messages were once dismissed as recording solely […]

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How Does Media Multitasking Make Kids Feel? It’s a Mixed Bag.

How Does Media Multitasking Make Kids Feel? It’s a Mixed Bag.

| March 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

FLickr:Christopher Frier Brown The effects of multitasking on the brain and the way we’re wired has been the subject of countless studies, radio shows, and articles. But a new study soon to be released explores the social and emotional effects of media multitasking on kids. Stanford professor Roy Pea presented some intriguing findings of a […]

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Screen Time For Kids: Is it Learning or a Brain Drain?

Screen Time For Kids: Is it Learning or a Brain Drain?

| March 11, 2011 | 9 Comments

When it comes to video games and apps, what’s a parent to do? On one hand, we’re bombarded with messages about the perils of letting kids play with computer games and gadgets. On the other, we’re seduced by games and apps marketed to us as “educational.” It’s a tricky line to navigate. The spectrum of […]

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8 Social Media Sites Just for Kids

8 Social Media Sites Just for Kids

| January 11, 2011 | 9 Comments

Flickr: P i c t u r e Y o u t h By Sara Bernard Technically, Facebook doesn’t allow kids under the age of 13 to register for the site. That hasn’t stopped pre-teens from simply lying about their birthdates. But kids under 13 don’t have to be left out of the social media […]

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5 Apps That Could Help to Stop Cyberbullying

5 Apps That Could Help to Stop Cyberbullying

| December 10, 2010 | 2 Comments

By Sara Bernard Okay, no app is really going to “stop” cyberbullying, but a few are trying. Perhaps the most lauded recently is the “Find Help” application on Facebook. Often blamed as an easy venue for cyberbullies to target victims, Facebook has partnered with the monitoring site SafetyWeb to create an app that allows users […]

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Parents: Keep Up with Kids on Facebook

Parents: Keep Up with Kids on Facebook

| December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

“I’m 44 and I don’t know 3,000 people,” said Mike Hoose, a sergeant with a prosecutor’s office, in a speech to parents about Facebook and privacy. “If I don’t, they don’t. There is no way they know them intimately enough to let them into their life.” Hoose was referring to 12-year-olds who have thousands of […]

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6 Ways Social Media is Changing Education

6 Ways Social Media is Changing Education

| November 26, 2010 | 2 Comments

By Sara Bernard “The fact that we as educators even have to have discussions on whether or not social media is good for schools is sad,” writes Steve Johnson, a teacher and Edutopia guest blogger. “Social media just IS…..it’s life.” He’s right — as of July, there were half a billion active Facebook users alone […]

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