Category Archives: Internet & Social Media

I’ve Met Someone Online. They Want to Meet in Person. Now What?

So, you met a guy online. Or a girl. (For purposes of stylistic ease, we are using the male pronoun here, but this person could be of any gender.) It could have been Facebook. Kik. Fortnite. He seems so nice. Flattering. Sweet. And he really likes you, it seems. He understands, accepts, and supports you […]

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Is a Sex Trafficker Talking to Your Daughter Online?

According to a study by The University of Toledo in Ohio, sex traffickers are increasingly using the internet, specifically social media, to recruit and sell adolescents. The study found that traffickers are able to exploit the teens even without ever meeting face to face. Usually, traffickers are preying on vulnerable young teens—usually girls. Through 16 […]

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How Snapchat “Streaks” Are Getting Teens Addicted to the App

According to a national survey of American teenagers conducted by the University of Chicago, around three-quarters of adolescents aged 13-17 use Snapchat regularly. Snapchat’s main draw is that it erases photos and videos just seconds after receipt. Most teens use the app to share lighthearted, spontaneous moments. The app’s design is playful and fun. You […]

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Do You Speak Teen? Secret Code Words Your Adolescent is Using for Sex and Drugs

If you’re a parent of a teen, you may often wrinkle your forehead in confusion while speaking with your adolescent. It can be even more confusing when you hear your teen talk to others, or try to read their texts. If you’re not familiar with teen slang, some of their exchanges may seem unfamiliar or […]

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The Common Sense Census Part 3: Racial and Ethnic Differences in Tween and Teen Media Use

We recently posted two articles about a mammoth report published in November, 2015 by Common Sense Media about the way young people in the United States use media and technology. Conducted over six weeks in the early spring of 2015, the study included 2,658 children age eight to eighteen. Tweens were defined as children age eight […]

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The Common Sense Census Part 2: Socioeconomic Differences in Tween and Teen Media Use

We recently posted an article about a mammoth report published November 2015 by Common Sense Media about the way young people in the United States use media and technology. Conducted over six weeks in the early spring of 2015, the study included 2,658 children age eight to eighteen. Tweens were defined as children age eight to […]

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