The good news is, there's a lot of good advice for pediatricians and parents in "Clinical Report: The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families," just published in the journal Pediatrics. The bad news is, the "Facebook depression" part is not grounded in the very research the report cites – and of course that's the part (on p. 802 of the PDF version of the report) that all the … [Read more...] about ‘Facebook depression’ claim is research-challenged
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The research-reporting impairment that unfortunately afflicts so many, so often, flared up at the UK tabloid the Daily Mail late last week. YouthFacts.org, experts at debunking disinformation and misinformation about youth, looked at both the reporting and the study (of British 11-to-18-year-olds conducted by the UK's South West Grid for Learning and the University of Plymouth) that received the … [Read more...] about Guest post: How about some FACTS on UK teen sexting?
This wouldn't be a bad media literacy lesson! I had to click from CNN to Fast Company to AllFacebook.com to get to the original coverage in Australia's Daily Telegraph, which reported that "about 20,000 children are kicked off Facebook every day for lying about their age" (language that oddly suggests punishment). The Daily Telegraph was basing its lede on a statement made by Facebook adviser and … [Read more...] about Facebook deletes ‘thousands of U13 accounts a day’
Those 0-to-5-year-olds are on the Net at least weekly, with about a quarter of three-year-olds online daily, increasing to about half by age 5, according to a just-released review of seven studies from the past five years by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. The percentage of daily Net users rises to about two-thirds by age 8. "Children ages 5-9 average about 28 minutes online daily. In 2009, the … [Read more...] about 80% of US kids under 5 are online: Study
If you really want to understand cyberbullying, take advantage of a perspective that's essential to the discussion. View it from the inside-out – from teens' perspective, rather than that of adults on the outside looking in. "Friending" our kids online can help fill in the picture a bit, but talking with our own children and checking in on the work of researchers who talk with lots of other young … [Read more...] about Understanding cyberbullying from the inside out