New apps, closed Facebook groups and more data on just how families are negotiating the what/when/and how much of screen time:
The Washington Post reported about teen dating groups on Facebook. There are lots of them, and here’s the bad news: Many are less about dating, more about rating. Teens post selfies to poll on how good/bad they look. The consequences are often tragic, such as with 13-year-old Nicole Lovell. The article described many of these Facebook groups as “the full teen trifecta — sexting, cyberbullying and strangers — in one unmoderated public forum that anyone, of any age, can access.”
A new instant messaging app also made news for fears that it will become the latest tool for cyberbullying. Backed by celebrities like will.i.am and Nicki Minaj, the app launched last month and already has 700,000 users. Its tag line? “What would you say to people you know if you were anonymous?” Not good.
Lots of data from a new Pew survey made news, including the fact the 55% of parents say they limit the amount of time their teens can go online. So what would happen if a teenager digitally grounded herself? Read this riveting account of one 16-year-old who self-imposed a cell phone-free week.