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Wellbeing, digital or analog: A paper, a podcast

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Confused about all that you’re hearing about the impacts of digital media and tech on young people? A just-published paper should clear that confusion up, reports Scientific American. Drawing from data on more than 350,000 teens, the paper, “show[s] persuasively that…technology use has a nearly negligible effect on adolescent psychological well-being.” Its authors, Oxford University […]


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Digital safety 2019: The new ‘middle layer’ of user care (Part 2)

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Part 1 of this series was 2018 highlights. Now it’s time to shine light on some interesting ideas and developments that people have surfaced for a better Internet in 2019 and beyond. We’ll look at a new middle layer of user care that’s being discussed by some – and gradually being built out, little by […]


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Digital safety, wellbeing: 2018 highlights (Part 1)

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This may not be the Internet safety look-back on 2018 you’d expect, what with all the news about data breaches, “fake news,” “tech addiction,” algorithmic bias, election manipulation, hate speech, etc., etc. Not a pretty picture. But it’s also not the whole picture. By definition, the news reports airline crashes, not safe landings. But even […]


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Tweens are smart about smartphones: Study

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Everything about this study is smart — the 10-14 year-old respondents (average age 11), what the authors are modeling for pediatricians and parents, and the tweens’ answers. For example, when asked what age kids should be given mobile phones, one answer was: “It’s not an age. I think it’s more of a maturity thing,” said […]


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So where are we with ‘digital citizenship’ now?

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So where are we with ‘digital citizenship’ now? by Anne on November 2, 2018 Youth & family panel at Facebook’s S. Asia Safety Summit Oct. 29, 2018: YLAC co-founder Aparajita Bharti 4th from left (photo courtesy of Cindy Southworth of NNEDV.org) This week I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion in Delhi at Facebook’s South Asia Safety Summit with (Young Leaders for Active Citizenship). YLAC works “to increase the participation of young people in the democratic process and build their capacity to lead change,” using social media as their platform.