Reboot in the News
News coverage, Reboot writings, and mentions of our work from around the globe.
Is Social Media A Public Health Hazard?
Helen Lee Bouygues on WFLA Tampa
April 1, 2022
Reboot President Helen Lee Bouygues appeared on Bloom TV to discuss why social media’s detrimental effects on users’ mental health and decision making should be treated like a public health crisis. With clear evidence about social media’s role in spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories, and research showing a link to higher rates of depression and other mental health problems, it is past time for public health officials to act.
Cue the outrage machine — Fox News is paying attention to Canada
By Edward Keenan in The Toronto Star
Feb. 18, 2022
The “Freedom Convoy” protests that swept through Canada and some European nations in the winter of 2022 were the latest example of how a small group of right-wing agitators use misinformation and social media to hijack grassroots protest movements for their political purposes. Reboot President Helen Lee Bouygues is cited in this piece in The Toronto Star.
How To Overcome Your Cognitive Biases
Helen Lee Bouygues on WFAA Dallas
Feb. 1, 2022
Our brains are wired for certain biases such negativity bias (which prods us to give greater credence to negative information) and the confirmation bias (which leads us to look for news that confirms our pre-existing ideas). In an interview with ABC’s WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas, Reboot President Helen Lee Bouygues outlines critical thinking steps we can take to overcome our cognitive biases.
Have a Better 2022 With These Tech Resolutions
By Tanya Basu in MIT Technology Review
Dec. 31, 2021
The Reboot Foundation suggests parents keep an eye on their children’s social media use in the New Year, and gives tips and pointers on how users can improve their media literacy by keeping their emotions in check when reading the news and by questioning the sources cited articles.
Teaching media literacy seen as positive, but schools slow to add it
By Mark Pattison for The Catholic News Service
Nov. 20, 2021
In an interview with The Catholic News Service, Reboot President Helen Lee Bouygues argues that social media use, especially among young people, is a public health crisis and the best way to combat it is to teach critical thinking and media literacy skills, starting at a young age.
The question of “how” to teach critical thinking skills has proven to be elusive, especially in this era of standardized curriculum and test-driven accountability for schools. How can teachers also ensure they’re supporting critical thinking in their students? It turns out they can do this by adding one simple step in their daily routine – a critical thinking challenge or query to kickstart students’ brains and encourage them to better analyze the information before them.