Episode 121: Teens and Facebook – Secret Isn’t Really Secret

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Ten students had their acceptances revoked from Harvard, and teens everywhere learned that secret doesn’t necessarily mean secret.

Teens busy with cell phones

Harvard has rescinded its acceptances for a small group of students who participated in a secret Facebook group full of racist, sexist, homophobic, and downright disgusting memes. Parents everywhere sent the news articles to their teens as a warning, but will kids listen? We dive into an article in the New York Times that explores the secret Facebook lives of teens.

Episode Links

Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes, by Hannah Natanson – The Harvard Crimson

The Secret Social Media Lives of Teenagers, by Ana Homayoun – The New York Times

Parenting Bytes Episode 29 – Ashley Madison: Anonymous Never Is

Racially-Charged Messages Spark Controversy in Admitted Students Group Chat, by Jalin P. Cunningham and Ignacio Sabate – The Harvard Crimson

House Passes Bill That Could Have Teens Facing 15 Years For Trying To Sext, by Janet Burns – Forbes

Sesame Street: Orange Is The New Snack

13 Times Sesame Street Parodies Completely Nailed It, by Ali Velez – Buzzfeed

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Working Mom Makes Awesome Edits To Daughter’s Sexist Homework, by Caroline Bologna – Huffington Post

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