Social Media and Youth Mental Health — It’s Nuanced

The past 14 years have seen a sharp increase in mental illness, self-harm, and suicide among young people in the United States. Some have looked to an obvious culprit – technology – as a cause. As both policymakers and parents consider this debate, we outline some opposing views, critically evaluate their arguments and suggest some paths forward.

Podcast: Detecting Disinformation and Spin

Today Larry talks to Peter Adams, Senior Vice President of Research and Design for the News Literacy Project. They discuss the upcoming election, mis- and disinformation, as well as some surprising information on how media literacy is taught in classrooms.

Social Media and Youth Mental Health — It’s Nuanced

The past 14 years have seen a sharp increase in mental illness, self-harm, and suicide among young people in the United States. Some have looked to an obvious culprit – technology – as a cause. As both policymakers and parents consider this debate, we outline some opposing views, critically evaluate their arguments and suggest some paths forward.

Podcast: Detecting Disinformation and Spin

Today Larry talks to Peter Adams, Senior Vice President of Research and Design for the News Literacy Project. They discuss the upcoming election, mis- and disinformation, as well as some surprising information on how media literacy is taught in classrooms.

Parent Guides

Parent’s Guide to Amazon Parent Dashboard

Parent’s Guide to Amazon Parent Dashboard

Download the Guide (PDF) Amazon Parent Dashboard is the free hub where parents and guardians manage and customize their kids’ experiences across Amazon devices and the Amazon Kids + subscription. Parents use Parent Dashboard to configure age-appropriate settings, set...

Parent’s Guide to Amazon Parent Dashboard

Download the Guide (PDF) Amazon Parent Dashboard is the free hub where parents and guardians manage and customize their kids’ experiences across Amazon devices and the Amazon Kids + subscription. Parents use Parent Dashboard to configure age-appropriate settings, set...

Parent’s Guide to Amazon Fire TV

Download Free Guide (PDF) What is Fire TV, and how much does it cost? Amazon Fire TV is a media player that streams video, music, and games to your TV. It plugs into the HDMI port of your television and turns any modern TV into a smart TV. There are several models,...

Parent’s Guide to Snapchat

Download Free Guide (PDF) Snapchat is all about fun and spontaneity. By default, the text, photos and videos you share delete automatically after being viewed by the recipient. Users love that they can share a moment that’s digital footprint-free — they don’t have to...

Family Guide to Messenger by Facebook

Download Free Guide (PDF) Messenger, which is both a mobile and desktop messaging app from Facebook and a feature built-into Facebook’s desktop (web) platform, allows you to exchange messages, watch videos with friends, and engage in group video or text chats complete...

Parent’s Guide to Tech for Tots

By Kerry Gallagher, JD and Larry Magid Ed.D Download Free Guide (PDF) Sixty-one percent of parents say that parenting is more difficult than it was 20 years ago, with many citing technology as the reason why, according to a 2020 Pew Research Center survey. Teaching...

Wellness and Safety

Ask Trish: Mental Health Awareness Month

Ask Trish: Mental Health Awareness Month

By Trisha PrabhuMe, thinking to myself late last week, “It’s May…which means it’s Mental Health Awareness Month!” This is definitely something I have to cover on Ask Trish. Hi there, and welcome back to another week of Ask Trish! I hope you’re all well and having a...

Configuring your Phone to Enhance Well-Being

by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News We live in stressful times, and unfortunately, that phone in your pocket or hand can make things worse. But if you're willing to use them, both iPhone and Android phones have tools to help manage your or your...

Ask Trish: Setting a Secure Password

By Trisha Prabhu I’m wondering how do u set the best password? Like what to keep in mind?”  Hi there, and welcome back to another week of Ask Trish! I hope you’re all well and having a great April. (For folks in the Northern Hemisphere, wherever you might be, I hope...

Podcasts

Podcast: Detecting Disinformation and Spin

Podcast: Detecting Disinformation and Spin

Today Larry talks to Peter Adams, Senior Vice President of Research and Design for the News Literacy Project. They discuss the upcoming election, mis- and disinformation, as well as some surprising information on how media literacy is taught in classrooms. You can...

Podcast: How to Dodge Techno and Moral Panics

In this second episode with Jeff Jarvis, Larry and Jeff discuss regulation, encryption, the dangers of techno-moral panics, and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which has been quite controversial in the United States. Find out more in this follow-up with...

Videos

1. Generative AI for Families

2. Smart Digital Parenting: Navigating Screens with Children & Teens

3. Parent’s Guide to ZEPETO World

4. Safer Internet Day & Smart Digital Parenting

5. 4 Minutes with Snapchat: Understanding the New Family Center

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