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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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Teen jailed for posting nude photo

A 19-year-old was sentenced to 30 days in jail for posting a nude photo of his ex-girlfriend on MySpace, the Associated Press reports. "Anthony D. Rich pleaded no contest Tuesday to child abuse and attempted child abuse. Prosecutors reduced the charges from sex crimes that could have branded Rich a sex offender for life." He […]

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Net ‘father’ Cerf on Web 2.0

“The Internet should not be used as a scapegoat for society’s ills,” Vint Cerf told the BBC. Cerf, who is considered one of the “fathers” of the Internet for the role he played during its early stages, was on BBC’s Radio 4. He argued against over-regulation of the Net, after some members of Britain’s Conservative […]

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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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Teen’s hack unlocks iPhone

It took him 500 hours, but 17-year-old George Hotz figured out how to unlock his iPhone from the AT&T networking and use it on T-Mobile. "He posted his 10-step hack on his blog Thursday, along with a video illustrating it on YouTube; by early Friday afternoon, his video had been viewed by some 130,000 people," […]

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