What Parents Want to Know About Snapchat and Kids

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

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+00:00

How Memes and Media Are Crafting the Way We See War

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

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+00:00

How to Stop Trauma Dumping and Protect Your Mental Health

2021-09-27T22:25:43+00:00

How to Stop Trauma Dumping and Protect Your Mental Health Are you a trauma dumper? Trauma dumping is a type of emotional dumping that, to quote the Urban Dictionary, results in “unloading all your emotional crap unmercifully onto one or more of your friends.” The practice has expanded from people you know to trauma dumping to total strangers. Trauma dumping can be hazardous to your friendships and mental health. Yes. The last months have been stressful and a lot of us have pent-up emotions that we’d like to air.  That’s no excuse for unloading negativity onto the unsuspecting. [...]

How to Stop Trauma Dumping and Protect Your Mental Health2021-09-27T22:25:43+00:00

What To Do When Your Friend Behaves Badly Online?

2021-09-27T22:21:03+00:00

What To Do When Your Friend Behaves Badly Online? We see a lot of behaviors online.  Everybody has their own ideas about normal, but we sometimes see people we know posting online in ways that seem totally off.  It is troublesome when it's someone we know and care about. Do we look the other way or are we not being a good friend by ignoring it?  How do we distinguish between socially inappropriate and someone in mental distress? Mental distress is complex.  Behavior changes can be triggered by a range of things—many of which are situational and will pass, but [...]

What To Do When Your Friend Behaves Badly Online?2021-09-27T22:21:03+00:00

Gabby Petito: True-Crime Rubbernecking on Social Media

2021-09-23T23:57:39+00:00

A true-crime case unleashes speculation and opportunism on TikTok. KEY POINTS When Influencer Gabby Petito disappeared, social media embraced the case, generating millions of views. Information takes on meaning of its own as it travels, attracting opportunists using hashtags as clickbait. There is real danger in true crime speculation that activates our survival instincts, but the appeal goes deeper than rubbernecking. The wealth of social media content on Petito generated empathy, identification, and parasocial connections, creating emotional investment. True crime is appealing.  Call it morbid curiosity, but we can't look away.  True crime speculation about the attractive young Influencer [...]

Gabby Petito: True-Crime Rubbernecking on Social Media2021-09-23T23:57:39+00:00
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