Depp vs. Heard: Can Justice Prevail Amid Toxic Stans and Memes?

2022-05-05T22:35:44-07:00

Trial by social media, with irreparable consequences. On April 11, 2022, the courtroom drama of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard began and their tumultuous, extravagant, and mutually-abusive relationship played out across traditional and social media. However ugly the testimony, though, it's nothing compared to what is happening on social media. The public testimonies are fueling much meaner ones on social media, where stans (stalkers-plus-fans) have taken to platforms with unbelievable vitriol, ranging from insults to death threats. Johnny Depp has always had a lot of enthusiastic fans—even with all the controversy that has followed him. His Instagram account has [...]

Depp vs. Heard: Can Justice Prevail Amid Toxic Stans and Memes?2022-05-05T22:35:44-07:00

What Parents Want to Know About Snapchat and Kids

2022-05-04T21:24:41-07:00

Q&A: Critical thinking skills and open communication can keep kids safe online. KEY POINTS Kids are drawn to apps where they can connect easily with friends without being spied on by parents. Social media apps are designed to be psychologically engaging. It’s what makes them fun and hard to put down. Social media use can be positive and negative. How you use it matters. Critical thinking skills and open communication at home can keep kids safe while having fun online. The questions I hear from parents show deep concerns about kids and social media use — especially post-pandemic. Snapchat [...]

What Parents Want to Know About Snapchat and Kids2022-05-04T21:24:41-07:00

How Memes and Media Are Crafting the Way We See War

2022-04-01T22:56:24-07:00

Social media aesthetics shape views and understanding of the Ukraine invasion. KEY POINTS Memes translate complex ideas into short-form cultural commentaries that construct social narratives. TikTok has taken over as the 'go-to' source for short-form content on the Ukraine invasion. Memes help humanize and simplify conflict, creating clear heroes and villains. Memes translate complex ideas into simple, easily digestible, emotionally evocative messages that draw on an existing cultural schema. Memes construct the narratives that frame events, as we see with the Ukraine Invasion and influence who is cast as the hero and villain, "like us," and "the other." Nowhere are [...]

How Memes and Media Are Crafting the Way We See War2022-04-01T22:56:24-07:00

Biotrackers: Good For Fitness, Bad for Mental Health?

2022-02-19T22:37:34-08:00

In a data-driven world, we look to biotrackers to improve our well-being. KEY POINTS Biotrackers combine sophisticated data-gathering technology with the long-standing drive for self-improvement. Data only helps if translated into useful, actionable information Biotrackers don't work for everyone but for most users, they improve accountability, motivation, and engagement Trackers are not one size fits all. Choosing the right approach to behavior change means figuring out what works best for you. Are you sporting an Apple Watch, FitBit, Oura Ring, or other smart wearables? If so, you're not alone. Many of us have been lured into the magical world [...]

Biotrackers: Good For Fitness, Bad for Mental Health?2022-02-19T22:37:34-08:00

Online Dating and Teens: Looking For Love in Digital Places

2022-02-10T18:48:28-08:00

Online Dating and Teens: Looking For Love in Digital Places KEY POINTS Interest in dating, intimacy and romantic love is a normal part of adolescence Increased use of social media during COVID has turned online dating into just plain 'dating' The joys and heartbreaks of virtual and online relationships can feel every bit as real as IRL The best way to keep online dating positive and safe is to focus on building healthy relationships and problem-solving skills If your teen is interested in mantic or physical relationships, they probably are already engaged in some form of online dating.  During [...]

Online Dating and Teens: Looking For Love in Digital Places2022-02-10T18:48:28-08:00

8 Ways to Help Your Kids Keep Online Dating Safe and Positive

2022-02-10T18:39:10-08:00

The rules of dating have changed. Are your kids ready? KEY POINTS Dating is a healthy part of teen development, and online dating is typical today. Having conversations early on can help keep kids safe as they date online and date offline. Parents should remain focused on healthy relationships and communication, not specific apps or devices. Valentine's Day may be around the corner. But dating and interest in romance, intimacy, and sex are normal parts of being a teen all year long. Online dating is the new normal, especially for kids locked up by COVID. While online dating has many benefits, it is not [...]

8 Ways to Help Your Kids Keep Online Dating Safe and Positive2022-02-10T18:39:10-08:00
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