This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 5/20/2016

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If your teen is seemingly always on her phone, even when she’s doing something else, you’re not alone. It’s not rocket science to conclude that for most people, multitasking is not the most efficient way to get something done. A new study has found that teens who multitask receive lower test scores in math and English. Those teens also are prone to greater impulsivity and have poorer working memory. How’s this for an unkind headline?

Is your teen media multitasking? It could make her stupid

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Social Media News for ParentsWe think Twitter works just fine, but weak user growth is leading the network to make changes, seemingly monthly. Soon they will alter the 140 character tweet limit by excluding images and links from the 140 count.

Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Character Limit

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The Iraq government has been blocking the internet – the whole thing – for 3 hour periods to prevent students from cheating on exams.

Iraq shuts down internet to prevent students from cheating on exams

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Stranger danger alert: If your teen is tweeting (or posting to Instagram) from a public account with location turned on, she could be revealing the exact location of her home and school/office with as few as 8 posts per day.

Turn off location on your teen’s phone

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One for the good guys: One of the world’s biggest child porn sites was shut down this week after site admins made the mistake of leaving the site accessible via the regular internet rather than the dark web.

An Admin’s Foolish Errors Helped the FBI Unmask Child Porn Site ‘Playpen’

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A newish Snapchat filter is causing a tempest in a teapot. The “pretty” filter, designed to correct facial blemishes and imperfections, is actually whitening the skin of all users who apply it.

Snapchat Draws Ire For ‘Skin-Lightening’ Filters, Users Say App Is ‘Whitewashing’ Faces

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Last week it was revealed that Facebook employees, and not an impartial algorithm, may be deciding which news you see in the Trending News section in at least some cases. A new survey of 2,000 Facebook users finds that they do not want the government stepping in to ensure fair and balanced social media news. We don’t either.

Americans don’t want the government regulating Facebook despite trending-topics scandal

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