Study on social media, disordered eating in teens | How to drive talented students toward STEM careers | Harvard U. agrees settlement on captioning
December 6, 2019
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Study on social media, disordered eating in teens
Study on social media, disordered eating in teens
Young adolescents who had Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Snapchat accounts, but not girls with Facebook and Instagram, scored significantly higher in a test measuring disordered eating thoughts, while those with more social media accounts had higher scores for disordered eating thoughts and behaviors, according to an Australian study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Similar findings took place with teen boys.
Healio (free registration) (12/5) 
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How to drive talented students toward STEM careers
How to drive talented students toward STEM careers
There are six ways that educators and others can encourage talented math students from underresourced schools to pursue careers in STEM, writes Jacob Castaneda, executive director of programs in Los Angeles for the nonprofit Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics. His suggestions include involving parents, partnering with outside organizations and enlisting area universities.
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Harvard U. agrees settlement on captioning
Harvard University, as part of an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit brought by the National Association of the Deaf, will be required to caption all online resources, including websites, university-produced videos, open online courses and audio on school channels. "As Harvard learned through this lawsuit, universities and colleges are on notice that all aspects of their campus including their websites must be accessible to everyone," NAD CEO Howard Rosenblum said.
Campus Technology (12/4) 
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Managing Budgets
2019 malware, ransomware detection drops, Microsoft says
The most recent data collected for Microsoft's interactive Security Intelligence Report reveals that detection of malware, ransomware and cryptominers fell in 2019 when compared with the same period last year. The change appears to indicate that many hackers have been targeting consumers less and focusing more of their attention on enterprise networks.
ZDNet (12/3) 
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Schools and Social Media
TikTok suppressed videos it claims were susceptible to "cyberbullying"
TikTok officials confirmed that platform moderators were instructed to suppress videos it says were "susceptible to bullying or harassment," such as those featuring people with facial disfigurement, autism or Down syndrome after a report appeared in Netzpolitik. "While the intention was good, the approach was wrong and we have long since changed the earlier policy in favor of more nuanced anti-bullying policies and in-app protections," a TikTok spokesperson told Netzpolitik.
Slate (12/4),  Netzpolitik (Germany) (12/2) 
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Last Byte
Payment apps grow in popularity as cash transactions decline
Thirty-seven percent of transactions under $20 were paid by consumers in cash through March 2018, a decline from 46% of such transactions in 2015, according to a study by Square Inc. Some teens and young adults prefer to be paid for chores and other jobs such as babysitting through apps such as Venmo, as opposed to being paid in cash.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/3) 
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