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Not ‘the new Dr. Spock’

The headline of a recent CNET interview with MIT professor Henry Jenkins suggests he might be, but – though he isn't a pediatrician or child development specialist – he is one of the US's top experts on social media. So he knows a lot about how young people's social producing and creative networking with digital […]

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Cellphone parental controls available

It was a gleam in some early adopter parents' eyes back in 2004 when I first wrote about phone controls; now a reality. This week AT&T launched a service that might make for a little more cellphone-related family harmony: "Smart Limits" for $4.99 a month. "Many parents want their children to have access to cellphones […]

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‘Digital hangouts’

Most adults know that a lot happens when teens are "hanging out," and all that personal and social development's happening in online hangouts now too. Two researchers supported by the MacArthur Foundation offer insights into what's happening in two such "places" – YouTube and Faraway Lands. In "Self Production and Social Feedback Through Online Video-Sharing […]

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Facebook & MySpace in Oz

Social networking growth patterns in Australia makes for an interesting case study for parents looking for a bigger picture. MySpace has 3.8 million profiles in Australia, while Facebook has 141,000 Australian members. But Facebook grew by 273% in Australia between April and June, putting it in that country's top 5 online communities and "outpacing the […]

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Connected family reunions

"Do you have wi-fi?" A logical question from any teen-aged second cousin once removed. It was the type of question, anyway, that New York Times contributor Roger Mummert received at the beginning of a family gathering at his house – the "first inkling of how the vastly expanded electronic and informational needs of houseguests would […]

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Euro online youth self-reliant

A survey of 27 EU member countries plus Iceland and Norway found that "European children are well aware of the potential risks of Internet and mobile phone use but are confidently embracing digital technologies, believing they are capable of handling any problem that might arise without the help of a parent," according to an article […]

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Coping with ‘e-bullying’

This is the kind of incident that adds to school absentee rates these days: In Texas, a student "posted a page that he attributed to a classmate, complete with the girl's picture and numerous photos of her alleged sex partners. Other students … were invited to view the page," the Detroit News reports. Within two […]

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How social influencing works

One of the best protections for online youth is awareness of how other people try to influence them – here are some of the ways….

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How to recognize grooming

Learn to recognize tricks predators use to lure teens into sexual encounters.

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Sexting legislative update

Vermont lawmakers reconfigured state child-pornography law so that “that minors caught sexting would not be charged with a felony and forced to register as sex offenders, so long as the incident was done voluntarily and without coercion,” the Washington Times reports (I mentioned this earlier when a House vote was still pending). The Times adds […]

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