The downside of social media for girls

Technology, including social media, has become an increasingly prominent part of students' lives -- at home, at school and on-the-go, asserts Ana Homayoun, founder of Los Altos, Calif.-based Green Ivy Educational Consulting. However, research shows that boys tend to prefer gaming while girls often gravitate toward more social uses, Homayoun writes in this commentary. This can lead to increased pressure on female students, whose relationships often can play out negatively online, Homayoun notes, suggesting that schools can help by teaching coping strategies.

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