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Digital Impacts on Freedom of Speech

Digital Impacts on Freedom of Speech

The Constitution of the United States offers guidance to individuals in their use of speech, both written and spoken present in the First Amendment Free Speech Clause. The backbone of the First Amendment is the protection offered to individuals from government entities constraining or compelling their usage of speech. The arrival of the internet and social media forums have complicated the traditional idea of the First Amendment.

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Team Bonding and Branding

Team Bonding and Branding

“It’s more than just a game...”

The statement that has long defined pep talks rings true to every team that enters a court or sets up on the field.  Players can be exceptional athletes but can lose sight of themselves in the quest to become the best of the best or take on the winning score or trophy.  For most sports, it isn’t solely about the individual players, but about allowing oneself to step back and put teammates first in order to become a part of something bigger.

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Midwest Premier Academy Partnership with Smart Gen Society

Midwest Premier Academy Partnership with Smart Gen Society

Smart Gen Society (SGS) is excited to announce its partnership with Midwest Premier Academy. SGS is delighted to educate, support and empower all members of Midwest Premier Academy by discussing expectations held by their coaches and teammates when it comes to social media use amongst their teams. SGS’s curriculum will help give teams the tools to protect the student-athletes online brand and avoid any inappropriate circumstances. The center of the educational content is to remain safe, private and authentic in the online atmosphere.

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Online Community Guidelines and Standards

Online Community Guidelines and Standards

Social media may widen a sense of social freedom through the ability to express your online views and personal successes to a wide and unlimited audience. However, each reputable social media platform has devised a set of Terms of Service or Community Guidelines designed to decree a set of standards that users must abide by in order to utilize the service. Whether or not these guidelines are closely monitored by the social media empires are up for interpretation.

Smart Gen Society has put together a set of community guidelines and standards to act as a basis for everyone to follow as social media continues to become a more prominent way to communicate in today’s society.

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Privacy and Accountability on Social Media

Privacy and Accountability on Social Media

The progression of online interaction has embarked on a new state of reality where privacy no longer exists. At the beginning of social media, online participants erred on the side of caution, to ensure their online persona did not interfere with their daily lives. While this remains true today, the combination of handheld camera devices and the ability to share content at any given moment (to anyone in the world) requires individual accountability for their lives both on and off the screen.

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Social Media for Social Justice

Social Media for Social Justice

Since the origin of widespread social media, it has united users with a new era of social activism and a craving for social justice. Every day, news stories surface, calling attention to various platforms that have become an online haven to share gross violations of human rights and political and social chaos in a demand for justice. These exposing posts result in users uniting for an act of change. 

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The Scoop on Snapkits Part 2- YOLO

The Scoop on Snapkits Part 2- YOLO

Previously we learned about Snapchat, an app designed for users to share pictures and messages that are only available for a short period before they become inaccessible to their recipients. More specifically, we dove into the world of Snapchat accessories otherwise recognized as Snapkits. The anonymous question and answer platform, coined YOLO (You only live once), can be accessed within a download and three clicks, allowing users enter a new kind of network where identity is fluid.

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The Scoop on Snapkits Part 1- Hoop

The Scoop on Snapkits Part 1- Hoop

Since it first topped the charts back in 2011, Snapchat has been the gateway app for teens entering the world of social media. In this two-part series we'll be diving into this multimedia messaging app’s accessories. Snapchat is designed for users to share pictures and messages that are only available for a short period before they become inaccessible to their recipients. As it’s users have evolved over time, so has Snapchat. The creation of Bitmoji, otherwise known as your personal emoji, has paved the way for several app accessories. These use Snapchat as a foundation for extensions such as dating and anonymous question and answer platforms notoriously recognized as Snap kits.

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Summer must go on

Summer must go on

With schools coming to an end, this summer isn’t going to be the drastic transition from school to home that it normally is. That happened back in March when we got the news with a moment's notice that students would not be permitted to return to their classrooms.  Instead, the only change we will be seeing over the next few weeks is our children losing a source of regular daily activities and lesson plans designed to keep them engaged while social distancing at home. 

But not all hope is lost.  In the midst of all of these new challenges, hundreds of organizations throughout the community are stepping up to provide whatever resources they can to families during these uncertain times.  

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Discord: For more than just Gaming

Discord: For more than just Gaming

Known as the Facetime of the gaming world, Discord is a platform growing to popularity in the homes of gamers everywhere. So what exactly is this communication tool enjoyed by children and young adults alike? Discord was designed to be the solution to a problem many players of beloved PC games face - connecting others playing the same game. As more and more users join the online community,  it has become a hub for various subcultures throughout the internet and a stomping ground for predator behavior. 

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