Social Media

The Blue Whale Challenge

What is The Blue Whale Challenge? “The Blue Whale Challenge” also known as “The Blue Whale Game” is a dangerous social media trend that encourages vulnerable young people to commit suicide. The game which is said to have originated in Russia over a year ago, requires players to complete daily tasks which escalate in intensity  Continue Reading »

When Should Kids Join Social Media?

Guest author Oliver Smith looks at popular social network age ratings and explores the question of at what age should kids be allowed to join social media. Written by Oliver Smith Should every 8-year-old have an iPhone and Instagram? For kids these days, social media isn’t just ‘nice to have’, it is a core part  Continue Reading »

“Teen Dating” Facebook Group May Be Linked to a 13-Year-Old Girl’s Death

As you scroll through the page of the Facebook group “Teens Dating 17+100” [Note: Link may include explicit content.], it’s difficult to tell what type of online community it is. As the name suggests, there are photos of smiling teens and silly selfies. But for every innocent teen image, there are four or five explicit  Continue Reading »

#Being13 Study Reveals Teens Check Social Media Up to 100 Times Per Day

In a new CNN study, “#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens,” child development experts studied the habits of over 200 eighth graders from around the country. Experts watched how teens used Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook in order to understand how and why teens use social media. The study revealed just how connected teens are to social media and how disconnected  Continue Reading »

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