China: World’s biggest Net population

The US, which since the beginning of the Web, has had the biggest online population, has been passed by China this year, The Register reports. "Data released earlier this year by the government-run China Internet Network Information Center said that China's internet users totaled 210 million at the end of 2007. US web analyst Nielsen/NetRatings […]

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AOL to buy Bebo

Though Bebo users probably won't notice much of a difference at first, AOL recently announced it would acquire the social-networking site very popular among teens, particularly British ones. The $850 million acquisition "reflects the high hopes that big media companies like Time Warner [AOL's parent] have for social networking, which they see as a potentially […]

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Many mini-MySpace options now

This blog post could be eye-opening for parents or anyone who might think putting any single social site's feet to the fire would take care of teen social-Web safety problems: TechCrunch looks at "Nine Ways to Build Your Own Social Network". In other words, if MySpace or Facebook somehow went away – besides the option […]

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No teacher rating in France

Not online, anyway. A French court cracked down on a teacher-rating site based in that country: Note2be.com. Like US-based sites RateMyTeachers.com and RateMyProfessors.com, Note2be encouraged students to grade and discuss their teachers' capabilities. The judges said the site "could no longer identify any teachers by name and told the site's owners they faced a $1,517 […]

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The Babysitter

Amanda gets off to a good start as the new babysitter, arriving early and impressing the mom. But then the mom and kids see some of Amanda's online videos. Not exactly the image Amanda wanted to  convey. {youtube}Enph-DJ7wv0&hl=en{/youtube}

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Safety myths on Web 2.0

Parents need to be parents but we also need to avoid buying into Internet safety myths. Teens may be more net-savvy than you think.  Focus on real issues, pick your battles and encourage young people to be smart socializers.

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Imposter profiles: No easy solution

Imposter profiles are one form of cyberbullying or online harassment certainly not restricted to youth. Tweens, teens, and adults create profiles that impersonate the people they want to harass, putting them in an embarrassing or defaming light. There are also simply fake profiles of imaginary people aimed at tricking the real people who "befriend" the […]

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The Webs: Kate goes steady

A fun retro look at "the Webs" featuring 16-year-old Kate and her not-too-with it but lovable parents. In this episode, Kate announces that she met a guy online and he asked her to go steady {youtube}coWxk9t4G0o&hl{/youtube}

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Teens info-swamped too

A head school librarian suggests that our digitally literate teens are no different from any of us as we slog through our collective information overload. "These kids manage to survive by bushwhacking through the muddle – while seamlessly dealing with an email, a Word document, or a 50-page PDF from the scholarly database JSTOR," writes […]

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Teens to be sex offenders for life?

LACityBeat.com tells the story of Ricky, who, when he was 16, "went to a teen club and met a girl named Amanda, who said she was the same age. They hit it off and were eventually having sex. At the time Ricky thought it was a pretty normal high school romance. Two years later, Ricky […]

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