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April 19th, 2011
12:22 PM ET

Facebook launches new family safety center for teens, parents and teachers

Today, Facebook will announce a new section devoted to keeping its youngest users safe online, including a free downloadble guide on social-media safety for teachers and an expansion of the "social reporting" feature that allows users to report abusive content.

In a CNN exclusive, American Morning's Ali Velshi and Kiran Chetry talk to Facebook's chief security officer Joe Sullivan about this new security initiative.

Filed under: Online safety • Social Media
November 10th, 2010
08:34 AM ET

Teens who text in excess likely to drink, smoke, have sex, study finds

Many teachers and parents are already worried about teens texting behind the wheel, in class, and sending messages with sexual content.

Today, a revealing study shows that it’s not what or where the teens text, but how frequently they send messages that reveals a lot about their behavior and health risk.

According to the research, “hyper-texters,” those who send at least 120 messages her day, are:

Three times more likely to have had sex
Two times more likely to report four or more sexual partners
Two times more likely to have tried alcohol

The research, done on Ohio students, only tests association. But, it says a lot about parents role in regulating social media time, and how the high-tech era has changed peer pressure.

Kiran Chetry talks with researcher Dr. Scott Frank of Case Western Reserve University about his take-aways from the new findings.

Filed under: American Morning • Parenting • Social Media • Texting 2 Much?
November 10th, 2010
07:12 AM ET

Fired for Facebooking? Prof explains why your job may mean you're safe

Ever bad mouth your boss on Facebook? Gotten so frustrated at work that you updated your status and shared with all your friends?

When one Connecticut worker criticized her boss on the social networking site, she was heard…by her supervisors, who ultimately fired her over the posts.

Now, the National Labor Relations Board is firing back in the worker’s favor. They say the firing is illegal under the National Labor Relations Act because Facebook, in this case, serves as a type of workplace watercooler where employees weigh in on working conditions.

Paul Callan, professor of media law at Seton Hall University, joins AM’s John Roberts to explain the controversial case, and the importance of the distinction between union workers and non-union workers.

And, Callan tells you if the Act could cover you and your Facebook page, depending on your job title.

Filed under: American Morning • Facebook • Social Media
September 27th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

Welcome to the world of hashtag politics - or #politics

Washington (CNN) - When a scuffle broke out at a candidate forum in Nevada last week between supporters of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican rival Sharron Angle, the fight didn't end after tempers cooled. It simply moved over to the social media website Twitter, where the war of words in this nasty race continued.

One of Angle's campaign managers, Jordan Gehrke, posted a tweet, a short message on Twitter, that accused Reid supporters of starting the fight. "Check out the video here of Reidbots screaming and heckling," the tweet said.


Filed under: Politics • Social Media
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