An interesting myth about social media is the one about tension between teen privacy and teen safety. Because of all the scary messaging about the Internet that has been in circulation for almost two decades, many parents seem to believe it’s their job to monitor their children’s Net use closely. The assumption is that privacy […]
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Social norms – the expectations and cues that govern behavior in a group or a society – are protective. There hasn’t been much reference to them in the Internet safety field, but they’re a pillar of individual and collective wellbeing wherever there is community. You may’ve noticed that, at the end of Part 1 of […]
This is and isn’t about technology. Mostly isn’t. But digital media allow for and expose a dangerous blend of two very different aspects of humanness, one destructive, the latter normative: social cruelty and teenage vulnerability (a lot of focus recently having been on the female variety). The cruelty, the extreme version called trolling – which […]
This article was originally published February 24, 2012, then my service’s server crashed, losing months of data. So reposting 10/31/12. There is no data cited, but the San Francisco Chronicle’s Mommy Files blog reports that “a growing number of tweens and teens, mainly girls, are posting videos on YouTube asking commenters if they’re ugly.” Writer […]
It takes a team of strong firefighters to manage and direct a fire hose with all the pressurized water coming through it. That’s a good metaphor for today’s media, which seems to come at us at that level of pressure but less regulated than ever because produced by literally anybody; it’s user-driven, and for teens […]
This should not come as a big surprise, given teens’ job (to distance themselves from us and grow up), but parents should know that friending their kids on FB is not fail-proof.
Nobody’s completely sure – even social-media researchers who talk to teens a lot – but it is clear that the Formspring phenomenon didn’t come out of nowhere. Remember those personality tests and fashion-sense quizzes in teen magazines? In the digital-age versions, danah boyd writes in DMLcentral.net, teens would – through questions and answers in pre-Web […]