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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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Q: Why do teenagers waste hours upon hours consuming Tumblr?

Q: Why do teenagers waste hours upon hours consuming Tumblr? | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

A: I am a teenager and also have a fascination with Tumblr. I will try my best to explain this from our perspective as teens...

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Print vs Digital Books: New Study Helps Teachers Decide | Edudemic

Print vs Digital Books: New Study Helps Teachers Decide | Edudemic | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

A new study has just been released that sheds some light on which kind of book is right for you and your students. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center has released a ‘QuickStudy’ that analyzed how 3-6-year-old children use and retain information from different kinds of books.

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Should we treat addictive web apps like drugs?

Should we treat addictive web apps like drugs? | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
What if Facebook is nothing more than a digital drug dealer and we're all just junkies? As we head toward a future where technology is not just something we do, but a part of our biology, the answer to that question might take on grave importance.
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Teens Text More Than Adults, But They’re Still Just Teens

Teens Text More Than Adults, But They’re Still Just Teens | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
Debunking myths, researchers Alice Marwick and danah boyd write that the core elements of high-school life are fundamentally the same as they were decades ago.
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Book review: ‘iDisorder,’ a Look at Mobile-Device Addiction

Book review: ‘iDisorder,’ a Look at Mobile-Device Addiction | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
A new book by a California psychologist examines obsessions with smartphones and other devices — and suggests ways to overcome the neediness.
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The Nerd Parent's Guide: When and how to introduce your kids to Star Wars - Scott Hanselman

The Nerd Parent's Guide: When and how to introduce your kids to Star Wars - Scott Hanselman | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
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Create, Capture, Upload: New Site Features Kids’ Digital Projects

Create, Capture, Upload: New Site Features Kids’ Digital Projects | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

DIY.org, a site that allows kids to upload photos of their projects and share it with their friends, family, and the public.

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Social Media's Small, Positive Role in Human Relationships

Social Media's Small, Positive Role in Human Relationships | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
It's just one factor in modern life that can increase connection in a world divided by the vagaries of capitalism, the disengagement of television, and the isolation of suburban sprawl.
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Whether the digital era improves society is up to its users – that's us

Whether the digital era improves society is up to its users – that's us | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

Fear, attention economy, power

 

Danah Boyd: Battle for the internet: Social media in particular has inexorably changed the world, driving openness and fear – but it is not beyond our control...

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When Gaming Is Good for You

When Gaming Is Good for You | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
A growing body of university research suggests that gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception.
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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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Low-Tech Tips for High-Tech Parents

A guide to embracing technology without letting it become abrasive to the family.

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Think Before You Click: Internet Safety Tips for Parents

Think Before You Click: Internet Safety Tips for Parents | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
We are all one click away from being pulled into an information portal, filled with erroneous, distracting and at times dangerous material. We are also one click away from making a public gaffe, mistakenly sharing information not intended for a wider audience, in the form of an email, a wall post, text or chat message.
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Why We Need To Teach Social Networking | The Thinking Stick

Why We Need To Teach Social Networking | The Thinking Stick | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

We teach how to share, in the physical world. We teach how to cooperate, in the physical world. We teach how to stay away from danger in the physical world. But do we teach these same skills in the new digital sense? Why not?

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Keeping Your Kids Safe Online: It's 'Common Sense' : NPR

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online: It's 'Common Sense' : NPR | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
Parents should be paying very close attention to the digital media their children are using, says child advocate James Steyer. "Young people in particular often self-reveal before they self-reflect," he says.

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The Fallacy of Information Overload - Brian Solis

The Fallacy of Information Overload - Brian Solis | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

As Clay Shirky once observed, “There’s no such thing as information overload — only filter failure.”


My take? “Information overload is a symptom of our desire to not focus on what’s important.” It’s a choice.


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So How Do We Talk About This? When Children See Internet Pornography

So How Do We Talk About This? When Children See Internet Pornography | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it
If it hasn’t happened already, it will: at some point, even by accident, your child will click on pornography.
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Teaching kids to be ‘digital citizens’ (not just ‘digital natives’)

Teaching kids to be ‘digital citizens’ (not just ‘digital natives’) | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

Being a “digital native” is not the same as being a “digital citizen.” Young people have always needed ethical guidance and the security of rules and boundaries.


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Tykoon Teaches Kids (And Parents) About Managing Finances

Tykoon, is exiting its private beta and is launching its first mobile app for iPhone. The company, which aims to change the ways kids think about and use money, is more that your typical allowance tracker application – it’s a platform for earning, saving, giving and spending

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How Should Schools and Parents Be Involved in Kids' Online Lives?

How Should Schools and Parents Be Involved in Kids' Online Lives? | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

Parents are constantly grappling with how to deal with online privacy issues with their kids. Issues about whether to share passwords to email and social media accounts, whether to filter or monitor Web sites, and how much leeway to give kids of different ages as they experiment with their online identities.

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Caught Cheating: New Ways Kids Are Breaking the Rules

Caught Cheating:  New Ways Kids Are Breaking the Rules | Tech news  & tips for parents | Scoop.it

The ease and immediacy of digital devices -- cell phones, smart phones, Internet access, and social networks -- allow us to get answers quickly and efficiently without having to do a lot of work. And if it's a gray area for parents, it's really shady for kids.


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