SINGAPORE: You’re meeting a friend at an out-of-the-way shopping mall you’re unfamiliar with. Stumped for directions? Not if you have a map app like Google Search to navigate your way.“Papa, how do you say grasshopper in Mandarin?” Once, you might reach for the English-to-Chinese dictionary collecting dust in the nook of your bookshelf to satisfy your child’s curiosity. Today, the answer is just a few taps away on your palm-sized computer – also known as your smartphone.These are but a couple of everyday scenarios we face – and overcome – with the digital "brain" we have sitting in our palms or back pocket.Yet, it's also this convenience at our fingertips that had one prominent American artificial intelligence (AI) expert Vivienne Ming sounding the alarm over its detrimental effects.A recent Financial Times story cited her as predicting that “within a generation, we might see widespread early onset dementia” because … [Read more...] about Is the use of digital tools and social media causing our brains to waste away?
Risks of social media for youth
By Hamdi Issawi StarMetro Edmonton Tues., Aug. 7, 2018 EDMONTON—It started with a tweet on the other side of the world. In July 2013, Mark Cherrington, a social-justice advocate from Edmonton, had flown across the pond for a vacation, but work back home was catching up with him. “I was getting calls for emergencies, things like no access to food, baby formula, diapers,” Cherrington said. “How the hell can I help all these people when I’m in London for a month?” With an ocean and almost 6,800 kilometres between them, he did the only thing that made sense at the time: he opened a Twitter account and handed the keys to the helpless. The days that followed saw desperate youth and young adults, many of them single mothers, publishing prayers to the cloud, 140-characters at a time. Some were initialled, others not, but all included phone numbers for donors to find them. Article Continued Below Once Cherrington and others … [Read more...] about Social work on social media: Twitter account crowdsources community aid
By Janice Dickson The Canadian Press Sat., June 16, 2018 OTTAWA—Wanted: social media celebrities to warn teens of the risks of vaping. Health Canada is looking for a contractor to develop, implement and report on a national vaping awareness program, including finding social media influencers that teens might be willing to listen to. “Canadians look for information from a variety of sources, and youth in particular are more likely to engage with other influencers beyond government, or health professionals,” said a spokesperson from Health Canada. One of the goals of the contractor is to find social media trendsetters with a lot of followers and influence who can encourage youth and young adults to attend events and spread Health Canada’s message online about the risks associated with vaping. The search for a contractor comes just one month after the federal government passed a new law formally legalizing and regulating vaping, or e-cigarettes, … [Read more...] about Health Canada seeking social media influencers to warn teens about vaping
(Reuters Health) - Tracking tweets and monitoring chat groups could shed light on the soaring popularity and use of the flash drive-shaped Juul e-cigarette, researchers say."Juul has become a cultural phenomenon and has been called the 'iPhone of electronic cigarettes' among some media outlets," lead study author Ramakanth Kavuluru told Reuters Health. "You know it's a phenomenon when people start dressing up as it for Halloween."Although the device is restricted to ages 21 and older, Kavuluru's team found by analyzing social media conversations that underage users have ways to buy Juul, and often use the devices secretly at home and at school."Juul came onto our radar last fall, and we started tracking it on Twitter, where social media chatter among teens is not as inhibited as on Facebook, where their parents may be," Kavuluru said in a telephone interview.Introduced in 2015, Juul is the most popular e-cigarette with nearly 50 percent market share as of January 2018, the study team … [Read more...] about Social media offer insights into teen Juul use, popularity
OTTAWA–Canada’s privacy watchdog is launching a campaign aimed at raising grade schoolers’ awareness about how their personal data is collected and used on their devices and apps. Almost all Canadian youth aged 15 to 24 access the internet on a daily basis, according to recent Statistics Canada figures. A 2015 study by non-profit group MediaSmarts found three quarters of school-aged children in Canada have some a social media account or blog. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien’s office says their campaign will target students in 8,500 elementary schools across Canada, part of a larger push to teach children how to guard their online reputation and safely use their electronic devices.“They know the beast better (than older Canadians), but they still need to be even more aware of the potential consequences of how they use this technology,” Therrien said in an interview with the Star Tuesday.“For one thing, they have a better grasp of what … [Read more...] about Your kids need to understand social media’s risks, Canada’s privacy watchdog says