What Parents Should Know About Facebook’s New Messenger Kids

Naomi Schaefer Riley’s new book, Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat, will be published January 8, 2018. When it comes to children and technology, we always seem to be worried about the wrong things. If you needed any more confirmation of this, just check out the media coverage of Facebook’s … Continued

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Should You Be Fired for the Stupid Stuff You Say on Facebook?

Bullets rained down on a country music concert in Las Vegas this weekend, murdering 59 people and wounding over 500 more. Before the cops had counted all the corpses, Hayley Geftman-Gold, senior corporate attorney for CBS, wrote on her personal Facebook page that she was “actually not even sympathetic” to the victims of the Las … Continued

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Has Mark Zuckerberg Figured Out an Important Lesson about Parenting?

Maybe it’s all Whitney Houston’s fault. The singer famously reminded us that “the children are our future” and now it seems we’ve lost sight of the fact that they’re anything else. In newspapers, magazines and social media outlets, parents often begin political rants with a question that their kid allegedly posed to them. “Why is … Continued

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Facebook Fear-Mongering About Risks to Kids Ruins Summer

Has your Facebook feed been filled with scary articles warning about “dry drowning” this summer? Mine too. “Dry drowning” and “secondary drowning” happens when a kid dies later on from complications related to getting water into his or her lungs. It’s also not a real thing. According to a newswire sent out this summer by the … Continued

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Got Rainbow Pride? Only if Facebook Says You Should

During the month of June, you might have noticed that the Internet was covered in rainbows for Pride Month. YouTube proudly displayed the rainbow flag as it promoted a series of LGBTQ videos under the hashtag ProudToBeBrave. YouTube’s homepage also featured a video, “Celebrate Brave Voices this Pride,” which garnered over four million views. A … Continued

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How to Navigate the Brave New (Under) World of Social Media

For all the connectedness that social media can bring—the excited Facebook status updates, the perfectly-posed Instagram photos, the enlightening political banter on Twitter—recently-leaked guidelines about how Facebook moderators wrangle with content on the platform show a disturbingly dark side of humanity. On Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms, people often seem compelled to … Continued

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Why Those Facebook Personality Quizzes Aren’t Harmless

Have you spent your life plagued by gaps in self-knowledge such as “Which Friend is Your Identical Twin?” or “What is God’s Message for Your Life?” or “Who Will You Share Your Last Slice of Pizza With?” Countless online companies are competing right now to provide you with the answers. Thanks to the success of … Continued

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What Facebook Gets Right About Death

Death isn’t easy to face. It’s not easy to deal with when you lose a loved one, and it’s really not easy when you’re at a job where the expectation is that you just keep working. There are plenty of companies like this, where, if you’re not the person who died, you better make sure … Continued

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All Hail the News Feed Eradicator!

Ever wonder how much time you waste on Facebook? (Hint: Too much). For those who despair of weaning themselves from the constant flow of information on social media, there is a solution: the News Feed Eradicator, which “removes your news feed and live ticker and replaces it with an inspirational quote,” according to its creators. … Continued

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