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Distraction or learning tool? Learn more about how social media is used by students, teachers, and school systems
Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy speaks during a White House Conversation on Youth Mental Health, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at the White House in Washington.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speaks during a White House Conversation on Youth Mental Health last spring in Washington.
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Student Well-Being Surgeon General: Kids Under 14 Should Not Use Social Media
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said social media threatens kids' ability to develop a healthy identity and sense of self.
Lauraine Langreo, February 2, 2023
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Andrew Tate, center, and his brother Tristan, leave after appearing at the Court of Appeal, in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Jan.10, 2023. The divisive social media personality Andrew Tate arrived at a court in Romania in handcuffs on Tuesday morning to appeal a judge's earlier decision to extend his arrest period from 24 hours to 30 days on charges of being part of an organized crime group, human trafficking and rape.
Andrew Tate, center, and his brother Tristan, leave after appearing at the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, on Jan. 10. The divisive social media personality has appealed a judge's earlier decision to extend his arrest on charges of being part of an organized crime group, human trafficking, and rape.
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Student Well-Being Misogynist Influencer Andrew Tate Has Captured Boys' Attention. What Teachers Need to Know
Middle school boys, in particular, are repeating Tate's offensive language and ideas in the classroom, teachers report.
Madeline Will, February 2, 2023
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Classroom Technology Most Teens Learn About Climate Change From Social Media. Why Schools Should Care
Teens are getting information on climate change from YouTube and Facebook, underscoring the need to teach media literacy in schools.
Arianna Prothero, January 30, 2023
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Classroom Technology Explainer Is the Gas App Safe? Here's What You Need to Know
Gas is billed as a positive, safer alternative to other popular social media apps. But experts see problems.
Alyson Klein, January 18, 2023
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Teaching Opinion How TikTok and YouTube Made Me a Better Teacher
Social media may be winning the battle for students’ attention, but teachers can still steal back our “viewers.”
Eric Eisner, January 12, 2023
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Student Well-Being Seattle District Sues Social Media Companies Over Students' Mental Health
The district says it has had to hire additional mental health professionals to meet students' growing mental health needs.
Arianna Prothero, January 9, 2023
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A phone screen shows a download page for Snapchat on July 30, 2019.
A phone screen shows a download page for Snapchat on July 30, 2019.
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says Preteens' Social Media Habits Could Be Changing Their Brains
Habitually checking social media "likes" and comments can significantly affect students' brain development, a new study finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 6, 2023
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The icon for TikTok pictured in New York on Feb. 25, 2020.
The icon for TikTok pictured in New York on Feb. 25, 2020.
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Classroom Technology Should Schools Ban TikTok? Louisiana Ed. Chief Urges Districts to Do It
Louisiana is one of the first states to recommend school districts ban TikTok from all school-owned devices, amid major privacy concerns.
Alyson Klein, January 3, 2023
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Law & Courts Court Upholds Discipline of Students for Instagram Posts That Targeted Black Classmates
A unanimous federal appeals court panel said its ruling was consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court's 2021 decision on off-campus speech.
Mark Walsh, December 29, 2022
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Close up of a young woman holding a smartphone with like and love icons floating around the phone in her hands.
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Classroom Technology TikTok, Gas, Twitter: How Social Media Is Influencing Education
A handy guide to the upsides and downsides of the fast-paced world of social media.
Lauraine Langreo, December 14, 2022
3 min read
Young boy in a school lunchroom cafeteria line and choosing a slice of pizza to put on his tray which includes an apple.
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Budget & Finance Student Lunch Debt Is Expected to Rise. TikTokers to the Rescue?
The heartwarming phenomenon can solve local issues, but probably not what's expected to be a nationwide rise in lunch debt.
Alyson Klein & Hayley Hardison, December 2, 2022
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Group of Young Adults - Tennagers On Social Media
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Classroom Technology 'Gas' Is the Latest App to Catch Fire With Kids. What You Need to Know About It
The app is taking off with high schoolers, but experts caution that it has downsides.
Alyson Klein, December 1, 2022
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Tight crop of hands typing on a laptop overlaid with a window that includes a video play button and red progress bar.
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School & District Management How This Principal Uses TikTok and YouTube to Build School Culture
A Louisiana principal has found that short videos reinforce what’s happening in the classrooms.
Denisa R. Superville, December 1, 2022
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Joe Harmon, a social studies teacher in Pennsylvania, makes satirical TikTok videos poking fun at what happens in his classroom.
Joe Harmon, a social studies teacher in Pennsylvania, makes satirical TikTok videos poking fun at what happens in his classroom.
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Teaching Profession Q&A How This Teacher Builds Relationships, Has Fun, and Makes Money on TikTok
Joe Harmon is one of the growing number of teachers who is making funny videos about classroom life—and monetizing them.
Madeline Will, November 17, 2022
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