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‘Internet addiction': New ‘disorder’ about age-old needs?

Judging by the just-released documentary Web Junkie, about a Chinese “Internet addiction” treatment center, it’s loneliness that’s at the heart of what the Chinese officially call a clinical disorder (more often called “problematic Internet use” in the West). If you can get past the boot-camp-like conditions and young patients’ (inmates’?) tears, you’ll get to a […]

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Whisper’s popularity no longer a secret

It’s being said that the preference pendulum in social media culture is swinging back from transparency (as in Facebook) to anonymity (as in Whisper). And the growing popularity of the Whisper app – where users’ posts are Internet meme-style photos overlaid with text (the app makes posting easy by offering up photos it “thinks” match […]

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Keek’s fast-growing ‘kred’ (with video-sharers)

You may not have heard of Keek the social app because Mashable says it has “maintained an under-the-radar presence” since it launched in 2011 but is “steadily gaining both users and notoriety in the shadow of networks such as Vine, Instagram and Snapchat.” What’s most different about it is that videos can be as long […]

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Teens on social media’s impact on relationships: Survey

Today a guest post that shows how much we need to understand the relationship between social media and social life – in other words, get more granular in our understanding of how social media affect the relationships in our lives (our lives as a whole, not just the online parts)…. Guest post by Kris Gowen […]

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Parental controls, webcam indicator and relief for noisy tabs added to Google Chrome

This post is adapted from one that first appeared on Forbes.com Parental controls: Supervised user For parents, Google has added the ability to create a “supervised user,” which is enables you to monitor the browsing history, block specific sites and approve sites that the user can access. Obviously this is a good parental control tool […]

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A student-guided social media guide for students

The New York City Department of Education has published a social media guide for students – one for which, very wisely, it got student input. And apparently students were asking for guidance like this. Jane Pook, DOE executive director for digital communication policy and strategy, told the Huffington Post that demand for the guide “came […]

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The benefits of agency, choice, and student-centered learning

“More and more of society at large, and consequently many students, are demanding an educational system that works for and with them,” wrote high school math teacher Paul Bogdan in Edutopia (emphasis mine). “A student-centered learning environment encourages students to become independent learners and ultimately to be in charge of their own education.” Student-centered learning just […]

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Apple and FTC reach agreement about children’s app purchases

This post first appeared on Forbes.com The Federal Trade Commission announced that it has entered into a consent decree with Apple regarding alleged charges that Apple allowed children to purchase apps and make in-app purchases on its app store. The FTC accused Apple of failing to inform parents that there is a 15-minute window when a parent […]

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UK children’s ChildLine: Read the coverage carefully

An interesting finding from the UK ChildLine’s just-released report: “For the first time in the charity’s 28-year history, more counselling took place online (59%) than by telephone (41%),” the BBC reported about the free, 24-hour counseling service for Britons up to age 19. A disturbing finding: “a significant increase in racist bullying.… A common theme was […]

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How to grow resilience, Part 2

This is the second of two posts about the internal online (and offline) safeguard resilience. Here’s Part 1. Another perspective on resilience: this in a TED Talk in Edinburgh in 2012 in which game designer and author Jane McGonigal shares some simple ways people of all ages can build resilience – the four kinds (physical, […]

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