It's as if some reporters feel compelled to write to parents' worst fears. The headline of a USATODAY blog post about a new McAfee study about the state of youth online safety says, "Privacy doesn't matter to kids engaging in risky online behaviors." Well, maybe not to kids who want to engage in risky online behavior, but this is not true of young Net users in general (we do need to keep working … [Read more...] about Coverage of new study on Net safety: Critical thinking needed!
We all just got a little clearer picture on teen sexting (nude or sexy texting), and it's not quite as dark as previously painted. The first known (and widely cited) survey on the subject, by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, found that 20% of teens have "sent/posted nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves." The latest figure - in a new survey by Harris … [Read more...] about Sexting picture a bit clearer, maybe brighter
This month two 11-year-olds, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover of Springfield, Mass., and Jaheem Herrera of DeKalb County, Ga. - neither of whom identified as gay - committed suicide after anti-gay harassment and bullying at school. "Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers," the Salt Lake Tribune reports, … [Read more...] about Anti-gay bullying most pervasive