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Where will online teens go next?

Now that there are so many parents on Facebook and the social-networking industry itself has matured, here's what I'm thinking…

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Why technopanics are bad

Here’s a list of reasons – and why we can’t afford to let a sexting panic following the one about predators in social network sites.

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A new online safety: The means, not the end

To be relevant to youth, online safety needs to be redefined as a tool for their full, constructive participation in participatory culture and democracy.

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Major update on Net predators: CACRC

This much-anticipated study from the Crimes Against Children Research Center has mostly good news for online youth.

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Predator panic increases risk

Exaggerated reports about Internet predators are not only wrong but potentially dangerous because they divert attention away from real risks

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*Social* media literacy: The new Net safety

For the vast majority of online youth, Internet safety going forward is about participatory intelligence – functioning well in community, thinking critically and acting civilly while producing as well as consuming media.

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Facebook’s about-face on terms of use

Some thoughts on Facebook's (and all of society's) giant experiment with privacy on the social Web

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MySpace’s PR problem

The incessant negative hype from politicians and one-sided coverage in the news media are not only MySpace's problem; they're a disservice to parents and a double disservice to teens….

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Pennsylvania case study: SN risk in context

Just how dangerous is social networking, compared to other social media kids use? Here's a case study of one state's arrests which offers parents some perspective on Internet-related child exploitation.

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ISTTF report: Key crossroads

We know a lot more about youth risk online because of the research behind the Internet Safety Technical Task Force's report. The question is, will online-safety education now be based on the facts it presents?

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