TikTok Unveils New Protections for Teens

TikTok has unveiled new protections for teens, including limiting notifications at night.

Microsoft: Teen “Sextortion” Common Online

A new Microsoft study shows that teen sextortion is running rampant online, with 44% saying they’d personally experienced sexual threats or knew of instances among family and friends. Of those who encountered sextortion, more than one-third said it happened nearly…

This Is What 90% Smartphone Penetration Looks Like

ComScore just released a new report on U.S. smartphone penetration – or, if you don’t like the sound of that, call it the percentage of a certain market using smartphones. Bottom line: everyone has a smartphone. Actually, about 77% –…

Florida Sheriff Charging Teen with ‘Hacking’: Change the Law If You’re Mad

Sheriff Chris Nocco of the Pasco County, Florida, Sheriff’s office isn’t all that concerned that his department is being mocked across the country. Last week, we told you about the department’s decision to charge a 14-year-old hacker mastermind with a…

14-Year-Old Hacker Mastermind Infiltrated School Network, Charged with Felony

A Florida eighth-grader is facing felony charges after accessing his middle school’s computer network and changing a teacher’s background. Hacker extraordinaire Domanik Green, 14, has been charged with offense against a computer system and unauthorized access after he “logged onto…

Only 60% of Parents Admit to Facebook Spying on Their Teen

In what appears to be a study conducted in a room full of liars, Pew reports that only 60% of parents admit to checking up on their teenagers via social media. That means that 40% of parents have never, ever,…

Teens Tweet Group Sex Video, Get Hit with Child Porn Charges

Four Joliet, Illinois teens could spend the next few years in a juvenile facility after posting a group sex video on Twitter. Three boys, aged 14, 15, and 16, and one girl, aged 15, were arrested after the girl’s mother…

Teens, Get the Hell Off Your Phones and Drive

This post is brought to you by cranky old men everywhere. Teens, put down your goddamn phones and look at the road. Stop changing tracks on Spotify, stop texting bae. Stop dancing with your friends and looking at stuff in…

Millennials Are Really Into Snapchat

That about says it. Millennials, categorized by comScore as those aged 18 to 34, have a new favorite toy in the social media realm. According to comScore’s most-recent Mobile Metrix, Snapchat is now the third most-popular social app for millennials.…

Teen Threatens to Kill Everyone in Texas Town on Facebook

There are two things that teens should know about posting incendiary, possibly terroristic messages on Facebook in 2014. First, someone’s going to notice and you’re going to get caught. Also, they’re going to take that shit seriously. Meet Melissa Johnson,…

Facebook’s Bleeding Teen Users, Right? Not So Fast…

Facebook, that magical place of college hookups, ex-stalking, and most importantly, exclusivity, is no more. To many, the real Facebook died years ago when Mark Zuckerberg and company decided that it had to be an egalitarian network. Facebook died when…

Snapchat Has to Be Thrilled with This Little Anecdote

What’s so terrifying that it’ll make high-school students panic like they’re seven and someone just took away their recess? Apparently, it’s not a giant zit on prom night or the revelation of a secret burn book. It appears that the…

Teen Stabs Friend 65 Times Over Nude Facebook Selfies

In well-that’s-just-a-horrible-turn-of-events news, a Mexican teen was stabbed 65 times after posting racy photos of herself and her best friend on Facebook, according to police in Guamúchil, Sinaloa. The NY Daily News reports that Erandy Gutierrez, 16, fatally stabbed Anel…

Teen Sues Parents for Tuition and Living Expenses

A teen in New Jersey decided that she no longer wanted to follow her parents’ household rules, so she did what other teens of age do in similar situations–she ran away. While most teens who decide they want to live…

Another Study Finds Teen Facebook Use On The Decline

Yet another study has come out indicating that teen Facebook use has dropped significantly. Mashable points to data from GlobalWebIndex, saying that active teen users in the U.S. fell 11%. But Facebook still dominates the landscape. “The site continues to…

New Data Shows Just How Many Teens Facebook is Losing

Though it may not mean the end of the world’s most popular social network, the demographic shift in Facebook members is leaving some analysts worried. Already reports are showing that Facebook is dead to teens, who are switching to more…

Monster Energy Drinks Investigated By Attorneys

Your company may want to stop pushing the envelope of your product if it has a history for being a potential causation of five deaths from reports by the Food and Drug Administration. Monster Beverage Corporation, the makers of the…

Pretty Little Liars’ Bellisario Talks Teen Pressures

Troian Bellisario, who is frequently recognized for her portrayal of Spencer Hastings in Pretty Little Liars, understands the difficulties teens experience when transitioning into adulthood. Bellisario was born into a priviledged Los Angeles family, and appeared to have an ideal…

Facebook is “Dead and Buried” to Teens, Shows Study

With decade-old MySpace now considered part of the ancient history of the internet, it’s little wonder that questions are now forming over whether Facebook has long-term staying power. As the internet (and especially mobile platforms) have grown, Facebook has become…

Facebook Downplays Problems With Teens

When Facebook released its quarterly earnings report a few weeks ago, CFO David Ebersman brought up a decrease in young teen engagement during the conference call. “I want to say a few words about youth engagement on Facebook,” he said.…