Pew: A Majority of Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying

Pew (no PEW PEW because I don’t like to joke about this): A Majority of Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying. “59% of U.S. teens have been bullied or harassed online, and a similar share says it’s a major problem for people their age. At the same time, teens mostly think teachers, social media companies and politicians are failing at addressing this issue.”

Quartz: The Oxford English Dictionary is opening its gates to teenage slang—via Twitter

Quartz: The Oxford English Dictionary is opening its gates to teenage slang—via Twitter. “As a historical dictionary, the OED is interested in the meaning of words and also the changes in usage over time. To help produce its comprehensive record, OED has launched an appeal to teenagers to tweet or write in about the latest words that they’ve been using.”

Ubergizmo: Instagram Launches A Resources Page For Parents Of Teens

Ubergizmo: Instagram Launches A Resources Page For Parents Of Teens. “For parents who are worried about their kids being on social media, it appears that Instagram has some resources ready for parents of teens. These resources basically tell parents about Instagram (in case they didn’t know) and also the various tools that are in place that teens could use to keep themselves safe.”

TechCrunch: A majority of U.S. teens are taking steps to limit smartphone and social media use

TechCrunch: A majority of U.S. teens are taking steps to limit smartphone and social media use . “It’s not just parents who are worrying about their children’s device usage. According to a new study released by Pew Research Center this week, U.S. teens are now taking steps to limit themselves from overuse of their phone and its addictive apps, like social media. A majority, 54% of teens, said they spend too much time on their phone, and nearly that many – 52% – said they are trying to limit their phone use in various ways.”

Ubergizmo: Selfies Are Apparently Driving Cosmetic Surgery Requests

Ubergizmo: Selfies Are Apparently Driving Cosmetic Surgery Requests. “Thanks to apps like Snapchat and Instagram introducing various filters that we can apply during our selfies to make ourselves look silly, look beautiful, and so on, it seems to have created a side-effect which is that it is apparently driving requests from teens for cosmetic surgery that will make them look as good as their selfies.”

University of Southern California: Grandparents’ move to Facebook spurs both embarrassing ‘fails’ and opportunities

University of Southern California: Grandparents’ move to Facebook spurs both embarrassing ‘fails’ and opportunities. “Older Americans are the fastest-growing group to use Facebook, according to a Gallup poll released in April. More than half of those between ages 50 and 64 now have a Facebook page; in 2011, only about a third did. And about a third of people age 65 and older now use Facebook as well. As recently as three years ago, 71 percent of teens reported that they used Facebook, according to another study from the Pew Research Center, and that figure has now dropped to 51 percent. While the shifting user base and other factors have skewed Facebook older, many younger users still keep their Facebook pages. Recent data show that Facebook is more popular among lower-income youth. And sources such as Gallup indicate that numbers of college-age Facebook users are holding steady.”