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)

How to Set Up Apple Family Sharing

Your best line of defense for preventing undesirable apps from making it to your child’s iOS device.  Family Sharing makes it easy for up to six people in your family to share each other’s iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases without sharing accounts. Pay for family purchases with the same credit card and approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device. And share photos, a family calendar, and more to help keep everyone connected. (link to instructions)

Supreme Court suggests constitutional right to Facebook, other social media (Washington Times)

The Supreme Court raised the prospects of a constitutional right to social media, ruling Monday that a convicted sex offender can’t be barred from surfing the web because of general fears he’ll be enticed into illicit activity.  The justices said the internet is the modern equivalent of parks or streets, where political discussions raged under the protections of the First Amendment, and said governments need to tread carefully when trying to cut off someone’s access.  They struck down a North Carolina law that had prohibited sex offender from logging onto social media, saying that such a broad ban would be cutting someone off from what has become the most robust forum for politics, free speech and commercial activity.  Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing the majority opinion, equated today’s internet to community parks, where he said the First Amendment has long reigned. (full article)

Sri Lanka starts arresting people taking selfies on train tracks (Mashable)

Sri Lanka is coming down hard on selfies.  The country’s railway authorities have announced they will start arresting people taking selfies on the tracks, or in front of moving trains.  This crackdown follows the recent death of a 12-year-old boy who died while taking selfies in the capital city of Colombo.   The boy and his 24-year-old brother, who subsequently died from the accident, were attempting to take selfies while standing on railway tracks. (read more) 

Instagram Is The Most Harmful App For Mental Health (Huffington Post)

The popular platform has a downside, according to a new report.  It might be time to reconsider how often you scroll through curated photos. Instagram is the worst social media app for young people’s mental health, according to a new report by the Royal Society for Public Health in the United Kingdom.  Researchers assessed 1,479 people ages 14 to 24 on how Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat made them feel in both a positive and negative way. Participants answered 14 questions in total about each social media platform, including whether or not they experienced feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness while using the apps. (read full article)