This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 2/5/2016


The popular Kik messaging app has added a parents’ guide to their site after the app has been revealed as the possible link between a teen murdered in Virginia this week and her assailants. Note to parents: Talk to your kids about messaging apps (they’re probably using at least one) and the impostors lurking out there.

Kik’s Guide for Parents        


social-media-sleepEveryone agrees that too much social media use, especially before bedtime, can cause sleep issues. For some reason, researchers at UC Irvine decided to study the opposite. It turns out (according to them) that bad sleep habits can result in college students using social media more.

UCI researchers link compulsive Facebook checking to lack of sleep (and vice versa)


It might be time to start worrying about college professors’ self esteem. Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln surveyed 675 college students from 26 states and found that kids are on their phones 20% of the time while in class. Your tuition dollars at work.

College students spend 20 per cent of their time on their phones during class when they should be paying attention


Are your kids using Snapchat? If so, you might want to check out your data usage from last month. It turns out that as Snapchat evolves, it is becoming a huge data hog. Here’s what you can do to fix it:

You might want to turn on this setting in Snapchat if you don’t have unlimited data


What do people really like on Facebook? If you’re an advertiser, Facebook’s Audience Optimizer tool will tell you. By the way, if Facebook were predicting this election, they would say that a Trump win is likely. The list:

The definitive list of what everyone likes on Facebook


Ohio narcotics officers pursued three suspects by car and after a long chase arrested them, but not before one of the perps videotaped the chase and posted it to Snapchat. Good times.

Suspect in multi-state pursuit posts chase video to Snapchat


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