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Posts Tagged ‘teens on Twitter’

How Kids Use Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Are you from the generation that balks at the thought of a 15 year old kid with a smartphone? Well, prepare for a shock: nearly half of girls between the ages of 6 and 12 have their own phone!

And if cellphones in the hands of tweens surprise you, their social media habits definitely will.

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Student Suspended For Creating Hashtag About School Budget

Kids are rotten online, this has been sufficiently established, we think. Teens in particular can be bullying, threatening and just all around vile some days – and we cheer online when they get in trouble for it, don’t we?

Well, we should get just as chatty about the flipside: A teen facing a foolish punishment for creating a hashtag on Twitter that wasn’t bullying, threatening or in any way vile, but it ticked school administrators off – and they apparently can take whatever action they want, without consequence.

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50 Reasons Why Parents Hate Social Media

Cyber-bullying is a very real thing, and some would argue that it’s more prevalent than ever.

Twitter trolls, creators of nasty parody accounts, sexters, and Facebook harassers are enough to make a parent want to cancel their home’s Internet connection.

But cyber bullies are just one potential threat to teens online; 55% of teenagers have given out personal info online to someone they didn’t know, and social media-addicted kids are more likely to lack a healthy social life without offline friendships.

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Teen Crime Commissioner Resigns Over Tweets – But Is That Fair?

It’s a sad day for teens everywhere – and many of them don’t even know it. This week, one of their own has faced harsh judgment and severe consequences for (relatively) harmless tweets.

This case will undoubtedly be the first of MANY instances where young people find their online identities coming back to haunt them IRL (in real life).

Are we setting a standard that’s too high and possibly treating these kids unfairly – or do teens just NOT belong on social media sites?

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Teens Arrested For Death Threats Against Steubenville Rape Victim Could’ve Been Yours

Teens do stupid things ALL the time and I think we’d all agree that being shockingly heartless (at times) tops the list. And for a group that’s so technologically savvy, it seems odd to add “socially unaware” to that list, but it’s right up there, as we are seeing more and more of them posting things online that will affect them for years to come.

Case in point: Two teen girls were arrested on Sunday for threatening the Steubenville rape victim via Twitter. They could potentially face felony charges.

And the mother of one of these teens is desperately trying to play catch up online.

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Teen Arrested For ‘Terroristic Tweets’ – Do You Know What YOUR Little Angel Is Doing On Twitter?

If your teen is on Twitter, do you know what she’s doing? Is she posting pics that will damage her reputation for years to come? Is she harassing other people? Or maybe she’s threatening to blow up her school?

Parents would be surprised by how many teens tweet about blowing up their schools on Twitter. And the reason they’d be surprised is surprising too: They’re obviously not checking.

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Will It Take Another Suicide Before Parents Start Talking To Teens About Twitter?

In what appears to be a growing trend, high school students are making anonymous accounts on Twitter to harass and bully other students.

This latest instance comes from Worthington, Minnesota, where a student created a “gossip girl” style account and began posting personal tidbits about classmates.

If you’re a parent of a teen, you need to read this.
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