This Week in Social Media For Parents

Stories for the week ending 11/20/2015


Twitter polls, a new feature that allows users to post a one question, two answer poll to their feed, is allegedly behind a spate of cyberbullying in Utah schools.  Posts aimed at teasing others are not cool, but we’d caution against blaming the medium rather than getting at the root of the problem – bad behavior.

Twitter polls blamed for cyber-bullying at Utah school

teen cyberbullyingA new UK teen cyberbullying survey of kids 15 – 16 years old finds that girls are almost twice as likely to experience cyberbullying – 15% for girls vs. 7% for boys. Are boys tougher or nicer? Are girls meaner or more sensitive? Is the data on point? We’re not sure, but a Canadian survey this week found the opposite.

Eleven percent of UK schoolchildren cyberbullied

Those of you who are aware of COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, may know that it’s a bit of a pain in the neck. The idea that kids under 13 need parental consent to sign up for online platforms that use personal information is the law, and a good one. The fact that parents feel pestered by constantly providing proof/consent lead kids to lie about their age – it’s simpler that way. Plus, parents sometimes say “no”. Can facial recognition smooth out the process?

FTC allows ‘selfies’ for parental consent under COPPA


Massachusetts may become the latest state to ban schools from demanding students’ social media usernames and passwords. That this is a good idea should be obvious by now. Privacy is a good thing.

Lawmakers consider bill barring schools asking students for social media accounts


Facebook may use its new facial recognition technology to warn parents when they’re posting pictures of their kids publicly. Watch this space. While this application of facial recognition is a positive, there are all kinds of creepy, privacy-crushing ways that facial recognition can be put to use, if not by Facebook then by others.

Facebook’s Newest Feature Will Stop Parents From Making a Major Mistake


As protests are spreading across college campuses nationwide, at most schools social media is fueling the fire. The message is sometimes getting distorted, and some students are being targeted. Other students are taking to anonymous social media with threats.

Social media fuels protests at Princeton, other colleges, experts say


Students protest new threats posted on Yik Yak, this time at Lewis & Clark


A new scientific study shows that teens with more Facebook friends suffer from higher levels of stress. A “Facebook Friend Collector” is a thing, but does being one cause depression? There’s probably way more to it than that.

For teens on Facebook, more friends mean more problems


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