Media

These ‘toys’ are killing our kids

Mark Zuckerberg is a parent, which is why his new 1,400-acre Hawaiian compound includes an underground bunker the size of a mansion. He’s spending whatever he thinks it will take to keep his daughters safe—even in a hypothetical apocalypse. As a CEO, though, Zuckerberg isn’t willing to spend a cent over $270 each to keep our kids safe—not even if their lives depend on it.

How social media companies are weaponizing the First Amendment at the expense of our kids

When it comes to protecting kids online, tech CEOs talk a big talk — testifying to Congress about “how seriously” they take the issue, writing personal posts and assuring journalists that safety is “above anything else we do.” Meanwhile, their companies funnel millions of dollars into lobbying groups like Net Choice, TechNet and the Computers & Communications Industry Association for the purpose of killing any legislation that tries to protect privacy, limit addictive design or prevent product features that trick kids into revealing personal data.

Fear of school shootings is keeping cell phones in school. Our kids will pay the price

Despite an abundance of evidence that phone addiction is wreaking havoc on every aspect of our children’s lives — and news that attorneys general from 41 states and the District of Columbia are suing Meta for its contribution to this crisis — many parents are still opposed to outright cell phone bans in schools.

Fran Drescher, Bryan Cranston, and others are recasting Luddites as heroes

Charlie Kaufman and other striking Hollywood A-listers are being loud and clear about the potential threats of technology.

Phones Don’t Belong in Schools – or in Summer Camp

As calls for smartphone bans in schools grow louder, let’s ensure they’re extended to summer camp.

N.J. Is About To Make Kids More Media-Savvy. Every State Should Follow Suit.

Our individual and collective well-being depends on it.

Why you absolutely should not watch the Tyre Nichols police killing video

Right now, Americans face a difficult choice of whether to watch video footage of Memphis police officers brutally beating Tyre Nichols. It may seem inescapable: The footage is everywhere on the news and online. But you do have a choice, and the decision is clear.

Media savvy: Some Americans believe the dumbest things. How not to be one of them.

As the never-ending election season moves from “midterm” to “presidential” mode, Americans are deluged by news alerts on their screens, and by breaking-news tweets, emails and sensational claims on cable broadcasts. By this time next week, the public will have seen at least some of the special counsel’s report, which began with the undisputed fact that Russian agents spread disinformation on social media to influence the 2016 election…

On Instagram, the kids are alt-right

If a Nazi texted your teenager, would you want to know? We parents seem to have accepted social media as an inevitable part of our kids’ lives. They go on Instagram where we post our pretty pictures of food and artful vacation shots, and they’re Snapchatting friends and sometimes us.

Fear of Failing

Kathryn DeWitt conquered high school like a gold-medal decathlete. She ran track, represented her school at a statewide girls’ leadership program and took eight Advanced Placement tests, including one for which she independently prepared, forgoing the class. Expectations were high. Every day at 5 p.m. test scores and updated grades were posted online. …

The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In

Parents’ use of smartphones and laptops — and its effect on their children — is becoming a source of concern to researchers.

Video Chat Reshapes Domestic Rituals

Far-flung families are increasingly using Skype, Apple’s FaceTime and Google chat to do things together that would otherwise require a plane ticket.

A Car, A Call And A Terrible Crash

In the wee hours of Sunday, April 29, Chad Renegar was driving supermodel Niki Taylor and another friend home from a night on the town when his cell phone rang.

Shop Therapy for Guys

If we’ve learned anything from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” it’s this: hetero men want to look good, too. The Fab Five can’t be everywhere, but soon an entire …

Thirty Years, Nine Lives

Like the feminist movement itself, Ms. magazine has spent the past 30 years struggling to survive in an often hostile environment. Next week, the magazine will face yet another test of its endurance….

Tv: Lobbying For A Little Restraint

As the first anniversary of the 9-11 attacks draws nearer, victims’ families are quietly waging a letter-writing campaign asking TV networks to provide warnings before airing graphic footage of the attacks. Carie Lemack, a 27-year-old from Boston whose mother was on American Airlines Flight 11, says that when she sees the plane going into the North Tower, “it’s like watching my mother being murdered over and over again.”