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New Emojis Give Kids a Unique Language to Speak Out Against Abuse

Featuring images of abuse, alcohol use, and self-harm, Abused Emoji offers children a means to express their complex realities.

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Love them or hate them, emojis have become one of the most widely used pseudo-languages of our smartphone-based world. From sex to racial diversity, emojis have grown and adapted to fit the needs of those digital natives for whom a picture might very well be worth a thousand words. And for some children, emojis may soon become a powerful tool to express ideas and emotions too complex and overwhelming to put into words.

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Where Does Your Country Rank in Global Emoji Use?

Software developers SwiftKey analyzed over one billion emoji from around the world. Here’s what they’ve learned.

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When it comes to texting friends, why type out individual letters like an aging neophyte, when a tiny cartoon of an eggplant or a disembodied thumbs-up would do just as well, instead?

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Wandering Technomads Can Ditch Their Phones, Too

When living the location-independent life, a million little things can prevent permanent travelers from feeling truly carefree

Bryce Adams is a technomad in the strictest sense of the word. Case in point: when you want to arrange a Skype with him, you go to a page on his website which tells you where he currently is and how many hours ahead that is of your own timezone.

Bryce Adams, NomadSMS founder

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Can Twitter Rescue Introverted Students?

Teachers are turning to social media to make it easier to get shy students to participate.

In my experience, in the typical classroom only about 20 percent of students eagerly participate in group discussions without any prompting. Kids are afraid of giving the wrong answer, of asking a question they think will sound stupid to their peers, and sometimes, they're simply introverted. To increase participation, especially from the introverts, teachers are using Twitter and other similar social media services that make it easier for students to engage in a low-stakes way.

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@GOOD Asks: Has Texting Replaced Phone Conversations? Answers

Good readers tell us their thoughts about texting: "Texting is less invasive than a phone call," and "My daughter never talks to anyone on her phone."

Last week on GOOD, Twitter, and Facebook, we asked our friends: Has texting replaced phone conversation. We ask a question to our Twitter and Facebook faithful once a day, so if you’re not yet following @GOOD or a fan, make sure to sign up and participate in the conversation.

Check out what our Twitter followers had in mind:

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