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Teens Know Social Media Is Manipulative. But They Just Can’t Get Enough.

Ed Surge – Stephen Noonoo

“Almost three-quarters of teens said they know social media companies are manipulating them into spending more time online. Yet somewhat paradoxically, they also say the technology has a positive impact on their wellbeing. The survey from nonprofit Common Sense Media, called “Social Media, Social Life,” is a follow up to a similar report conducted in 2012, where teens were also asked about their relationship with social media. This year, a sample of around 1,100 teens aged 13-17 participated, answering a broad range of questions about their perceptions of technology and how they’re actually using it.” (more)

Teaching your kids online safety

Medical X-Press – Len Canter

“Limiting online access used to be the main parenting strategy to protect kids from internet hazards like cyberbullying and sexual predators. But research suggests that teaching them how to avoid these risks in the first place is a smarter and safer approach.” (more)

COPPA Best Practices: Advice for Schools on Staying on the Right Side of the Law

Ed Surge – Tina Nazerian

“It’s not just edtech companies and app developers who have to think about complying with COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which was designed to protect the privacy of kids under 13 years of age. School districts and schools bear part of the responsibility as well—and navigating the federal law can be tricky.” (more)

Study: Why Some Children’s Apps Might Not Be as Safe as You Think

Ed Surge – Tina Nazerian

“To paraphrase The Bard, what’s in a certification? According to the authors of a study on the privacy protections in children’s apps, perhaps not much. A recent study, published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, looked at whether 237 apps certified compliant with the child privacy law, COPPA, do a better job safeguarding privacy than a larger sample of non-certified apps. Overall, they found little difference between apps that were certified and those that weren’t—and in some cases suggested certified apps may present even bigger security lapses.” (more)

US students might be ‘savvy’ online readers, but overall progress is stagnant

Education Dive – Amelia Harper

“At the American Educational Research Association conference earlier this month, Peggy G. Carr, the associate commissioner for assessment at the National Center for Education Statistics, discussed U.S. students’ performance on a new digital literacy assessment that is part of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), Education Week reports.” (more)

Shaming your kids on social media can be psychologically harmful, parenting experts say

The Toronto Star – Sheryl Ubelacker

“It might be called the “shame game” — a parent embarrassing a child on social media as a way of disciplining them for bad behaviour with the hope they will learn their lesson and mend their ways. But parenting experts say such public humiliation isn’t an effective means of discipline for altering behaviour and can have long-lasting effects on a child’s self-esteem.” (more)