Obituary for Pennsylvania teen who killed herself calls on bullies to change their ways (Daily News)

The family of a Pennsylvania teen who killed herself this week used her obituary to shine a light on bullying.  Sadie L. Riggs, a 15-year-old from Bedford who recently began her studies at Bedford Senior High School, hanged herself on Monday. Her loved ones, in an obituary posted by Geisel Funeral Homes, recalled her bright spirit while addressing the struggles she also faced.  “In an effort to debunk the rumors about Sadie’s death we would like to share this information. Yes, Sadie took her own life, she hung herself,” it reads.  “For the bullies involved, please know you were effective in making her feel worthless. That is all between you and God now, but please know that it is not too late to change.”  Sadie’s aunt, who lived with the teen, said the high school student was primarily bullied through apps like SnapChat, Kik and Instagram. (read more)

Teens explain the world of Snapchat’s addictive streaks, where friendships live or die (Business Insider)

Instagram likes are great, hearts on Messages are fine, but the one metric by which many teens live and die is the snap streak.  A Snapchat streak is when you send direct snaps back and forth with a friend for several consecutive days. The longer you go without breaking the chain of communication, the longer your streak is.  Snapchat rewards longer streaks with special emojis, such as the “100” emoji for streaks lasting 100 days, or a mountain emoji for an extremely long streak.  Many teens invest an inordinate amount of time keeping streaks alive. There’s nothing more devastating than losing a streak you’ve put months of work into. (read more)

Here’s why Steve Jobs never let his kids use an iPad (Business Insider)

New York University professor Adam Alter, author of “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” explains why Steve Jobs never let his kids use an iPad. Following is a transcript of the video.  Steve Jobs in 2010 was on the stage at the Apple event releasing the iPad and he described it as a wonderful device that brought you educational tools. It allowed you to surf the web, it allowed you to watch videos, it allowed you to interact with other people. And he basically said it’s the best way to do all those things. (read full article)

Raising Low Tech Kids in Silicon Valley Part II And a Year Later (Huffington Post)

During 2015 we started our experiment of raising low tech kids in Silicon Valley. A year into this endeavor, I wrote an article about the four-step process we used to wean our three boys (ages 6, 9, and 9) from any technology involving screens (televisions, computers, tablets, and smartphones). Meanwhile, we’ve added a baby girl to our family and plan to raise her under similar conditions. We are happy to report that our experiment continues to surprise us in very positive ways. What follows is a summary of the outcomes we’ve observed, tips we can offer, and how we see the future playing out for us and our kids within the next decade. (read full article)

Dad, Phone Down! Mom, Stop Texting! Many Parents Set Bad Examples For Teen Drivers (WBUR)

Parents, is this scenario familiar? You’re driving the kids home from school. As always, there’s plenty to do, plenty on your mind. You stop at a red light, grab your phone, and check your email, scrolling as fast as you can before the light turns green. The guy behind you lands on the horn the moment the light changes. So you press the gas pedal, and then raise your eyes from your phone. It’s not that you hit anyone. No harm done. Right? (full article)

Facebook Is Telling Your Friends Where You Are at All Times. Here’s How to Stop It (Money)

Snapchat made headlines earlier this week with the introduction of “Snap Map,” a new feature that allows users to see their friends’ location on a map. Some were quick to point out that the function can jeopardize Snapchat users’ privacy; Facebook implemented a similar measure years ago in 2014 Facebook’s feature is called “Nearby Friends” and works similarly with the exception of a map. The social network’s mobile app will show you the precise neighborhood your Facebook friends are located in when nearby as well as display the location of friends who are currently traveling. If you’d like to turn off this feature to maintain privacy, here’s how to do it: (read more)