Student Perspective: Understanding the Dangers of Social Media

In an effort to best understand how young adults are using social media, the Organization for Social Media Safety maintains a Student Advisory Council composed of high school and college students from across the country.  Each month one of our Student Advisors contributes an article with his or her perspective on social media safety. Social…

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Student Perspective: Understanding the Dangers of Social Media

How to Fight Social Media Addiction: Family Phone Time Challenge

Too Much Screen Time Effective strategies for limiting teens’ screen times is one of the top requests we receive from parents, because, as everyone knows, teens are using their smartphones, mostly for social media, a lot.  A U.S. survey from 2018 showed that 70% of teens check social media several times a day, up from…

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How to Fight Social Media Addiction: Family Phone Time Challenge

Student Perspective: Influencer Advertising

In an effort to best understand how young adults are using social media, the Organization for Social Media Safety maintains a Student Advisory Council composed of high school and college students from across the country.  Each month one of our Student Advisors contributes an article with his or her perspective on social media safety. With…

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Student Perspective: Influencer Advertising

Sites Not Suitable for Teens

Each month we alert you to a site that you need to be aware of to protect your teen social media users.  This month we are warning you about: Channel45News. This month we are focusing on prank social media “news sites”.  These sites allow anyone to create a fake news post, meant to look like it originates from…

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Sites Not Suitable for Teens

In Depth: The Danger of Deepfakes

Social media has brought undeniable benefits.  It has opened parts of the world up like never before. Perhaps not since the age of exploration across the high seas and the indomitable Silk Route have disparate populations been brought together in such an unprecedented manner. People of different cultures from across the globe have been able…

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In Depth: The Danger of Deepfakes

From the Director

I had planned to write about another topic this month but then the New Zealand shooting happened.  Yet again, we found ourselves heartbroken at the news of another mass shooting, an attack that claimed the lives of fifty innocent people. Of particular concern and grief to the Organization for Social Media Safety was the role that social media played in this…

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From the Director