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7 Media-Savvy Skills All Parents Need in 2014

7 Media-Savvy Skills All Parents Need in 2014 | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
Smart strategies for managing your kids' media and technology this year.
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Don't Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It's Your Fault | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Don't Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It's Your Fault | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
If kids can’t socialize, who should parents blame? Simple: They should blame themselves. Teenagers would love to socialize face-to-face with their friends. But adult society won’t let them.
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Is face to face interaction in the classroom at risk as we begin to incorporate response systems or use social media to post discussions?

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How to Stop the Bullies

How to Stop the Bullies | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

The inside story of how experts at Facebook, computer scientists at MIT, and even members of the hacker collective Anonymous are hunting for solutions to an increasingly tricky problem.

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The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind

The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
Researchers still do not know what the future might hold for a generation raised with smartphones and tablets.
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Social Media: OMG! Do Parents Get It? : NPR

Social Media: OMG! Do Parents Get It? : NPR | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
From tablets and iPhones to Twitter and Instagram, technology is changing the way children interact with the world. Host Michel Martin talks with a roundtable of parents about encouraging digital exploration, while keeping kids safe.
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Changes in law aim to protect kids' internet privacy | eSchool News

Changes in law aim to protect kids' internet privacy | eSchool News | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
Aiming to prevent companies from exploiting online information about children under 13, the Obama administration on Dec. 19 imposed sweeping changes in regulations designed to protect a young generation with easy access to the web.
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I think I'd be happier if contact info, location data, and persistent identifiers weren't collected for ANYONE, not jut children.

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In Constant Digital Contact, We Feel 'Alone Together'

In Constant Digital Contact, We Feel 'Alone Together' | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
In her book Alone Together, psychologist Sherry Turkle explains how digital devices are affecting our communication and relationships.
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The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups?
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Facebook, The 'Teenage Version Of Email'

Facebook, The 'Teenage Version Of Email' | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

Nothing lasts forever, especially for teens. 

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Minecraft: Teachers love the game, but as a parent, I’m worried my kids are obsessed

Minecraft: Teachers love the game, but as a parent, I’m worried my kids are obsessed | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
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Survey: Teens use their tech skills to hide online activity

Never doubt the ingenuity and resourcefulness of kids!

 

"From clearing their browser history to creating private email addresses, teens are increasingly leveraging their tech-savvy skills to hide their online activities from their parents, a new survey found."

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Software Helps Parents Monitor Their Children Online

Software Helps Parents Monitor Their Children Online | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
An array of surveillance software now exists to let parents keep tabs on their children’s activities online, raising questions about appropriate parenting.
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Parents' Guide to Protecting Kids' Privacy Online | Common Sense Media

Parents' Guide to Protecting Kids' Privacy Online | Common Sense Media | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Everything you need to know about pictures, settings, COPPA, and more.
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Welcome to the wild, wild web? Fewer parents enforcing Internet rules for kids

Welcome to the wild, wild web? Fewer parents enforcing Internet rules for kids | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
Canadian children are increasingly being left to their own devices – both literally and figuratively – when it comes to accessing the Internet, according to a major new study of students’ online habits.
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Snooping on your kids: If the NSA's tools were available, I probably would have used them

Snooping on your kids: If the NSA's tools were available, I probably would have used them | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
I spent close to a decade using a variety of surveillance tools to spy on, stalk and otherwise monitor my three daughters’ online behavior as teenagers. Am I proud of that? No. But I learned a lot.
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Fantastic 4-part series about one parent's efforts and lessons about monitoring his daughters' online lives.

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My Kid Wants to Be "Liked" on Facebook | Common Sense Media

My Kid Wants to Be "Liked" on Facebook | Common Sense Media | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Navigating self-worth and social media with young kids.
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Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail

Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
A new study explores what happens to students who aren't allowed to suffer through setbacks.
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How (And Why) Teenagers Hide Their Online Activity - Edudemic

How (And Why) Teenagers Hide Their Online Activity - Edudemic | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
Most teens and students use the web for social networking, school research, and gaming. But did you know that many teens actually hide their online activities from their parents and others?
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When Colleges Look Up Applicants on Facebook: The Unspoken New Admissions Test

When Colleges Look Up Applicants on Facebook: The Unspoken New Admissions Test | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

Amid decades-old worries about GPAs, resumes, extracurricular activities and campus interviews, today’s college applicants must reckon with a new high-tech dilemma: Are colleges judging me based on my online activities?

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The 'Presence' Project and the 'Be Here Now' Box

The 'Presence' Project and the 'Be Here Now' Box | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

Neat idea that doesn't have to depend on this exact set of tools. Each family could add or adapt things to their specific environment.

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12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media

12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

The last thing young people want is another set of rules. But these days, social media comes with great responsibility.


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MIT Psychologist, Sherry Turkle, Says Facebook For Pre-Teens Is ‘Agonizing’ | TechCrunch

MIT Psychologist, Sherry Turkle, Says Facebook For Pre-Teens Is ‘Agonizing’ | TechCrunch | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
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Facebook and YouTube Offer Guidelines to Help Schools and Parents

Facebook and YouTube Offer Guidelines to Help Schools and Parents | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

Online social giants YouTube and Facebook have taken big steps to attempt to provide guidance on digital citizens...

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Where the real dangers lie in social networking use

Where the real dangers lie in social networking use | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
But by far the most likely threat that Paul or any of us face in any online presence is what we do to ourselves by posting in thoughtless ways that may impact our reputations. The understanding that little or nothing posted online remains private is key to "online safety.".

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Teen Social Media Infographic from Common Sense Media | Common Sense Media

Teen Social Media Infographic from Common Sense Media | Common Sense Media | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

We surveyed over 1,000 13- to 17-year-olds nationally to understand how they perceive social media (like Facebook and Twitter) affects their relationships and feelings about themselves.

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