Two previous studies have given us brief very helpful insights into why teens send nude photos via cellphones – the MTV/AP 2009 study that looked at "sexting" in the context of dating abuse (as part of pressure, manipulation, and/or control) and Pew/Internet's 2009 qualitative research, finding that “these images are shared as a part of or instead of sexual activity … a way of starting or … [Read more...] about New sexting typology: Needed clarity
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Last week I wrote about why we don't need to be so afraid (of the Net where our kids are concerned); this week why we are. I've been asking myself that for more than a decade, and I have my theories, but watching David Finkelhor's talk "The Internet, Youth Deviance & the Problem of Juvenoia" was a breakthrough for me. See if it is for you.... Here's how Dr. Finkelhor, who has studied child … [Read more...] about Net-related ‘juvenoia,’ Part 2: So why are we afraid?
The good news is, there's a lot of good advice for pediatricians and parents in "Clinical Report: The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families," just published in the journal Pediatrics. The bad news is, the "Facebook depression" part is not grounded in the very research the report cites – and of course that's the part (on p. 802 of the PDF version of the report) that all the … [Read more...] about ‘Facebook depression’ claim is research-challenged
The research-reporting impairment that unfortunately afflicts so many, so often, flared up at the UK tabloid the Daily Mail late last week. YouthFacts.org, experts at debunking disinformation and misinformation about youth, looked at both the reporting and the study (of British 11-to-18-year-olds conducted by the UK's South West Grid for Learning and the University of Plymouth) that received the … [Read more...] about Guest post: How about some FACTS on UK teen sexting?
As the 12- and 13-year-old girls tell New York magazine writer Alex Morris how they use Omegle, another ChatRoulette-type site (in groups with fake names and disconnecting often and fast when the chat gets "perverted"), they describe how differently boys handle sexual content online. It reminds me of a thought-provoking 2005 Boston Globe article, "The Secret Life of Boys" (that I blogged about … [Read more...] about Young people’s views about sexual content online