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States consider new ‘sexting’ laws

Posted by bronwynr on April 19, 2009


Parents, school districts, and law-enforcement officials have been grappling with what to do with teenagers who take sexually explicit photos of themselves with their cell phone cameras and send them to friends. Now, a handful of state legislatures are moving to get rid of one option: child pornography charges that result in lifetime listings on states’ internet sex-offender registries.


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Research on Boys

Posted by bronwynr on April 15, 2009

Did You All See This Article? Disney has hired researchers to learn about ages 6-14. I was struck by one observation — boys liking small improvements in skills, rather than identifying with the ab…
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Mississippi Lawmakers Consider Texting Ban for Teens Behind the Wheel

Posted by bronwynr on April 11, 2009

Mississippi could join the ranks of those states that ban text messaging by teens while driving.

If approved, the law would prohibit 15- and 16-year-old teenagers with intermediate licenses, and temporary learning and driving permits, from text messaging while behind the wheel. more » » »

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Teens Feel the Economic Pinch in a Big Way, Study Says

Posted by bronwynr on April 10, 2009

Teens are feeling the impact of the economic crisis in a big way. Some 53 percent say they’re choosing activities that cost less money, 50 percent say they talk about the economy with their friends, and 14 percent of kids ages 15 to 17 say they contribute money to their family budget, according to a new survey by Junior Achievement, which has kept a financial pulse on U.S. teens for the last decade.

The results of the 2009 Teens and Personal Finance poll—sponsored by Junior Achievement—demonstrate a strong need to teach kids about financial literacy. “Teens are indicating feelings of uncertainty and anxiety about the economy and its effect on their lives,” says Jack Kosakowski, president of Junior Achievement USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating kids about workforce readiness. “Possessing and using sound money management skills can help young people feel more in control of their futures.” more » » »

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National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) Lineup Announced

Posted by bronwynr on April 5, 2009

This year’s NFFTY jury has selected 113 films from more than 400 submissions to be shown in themed programs at the 2009 festival in Seattle, April 24–26. In order to qualify, filmmakers must be age 22 or under. The youngest filmmaker this year was seven-year-old Emily Salva, who’s also the youngest participant to ever be featured at a NFFTY festival in its three-year history. more » » »

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A Green Social Networking Site for Teens

Posted by bronwynr on March 13, 2009

Call it the green Facebook.

There’s a new social networking site where environmentally minded teens looking for a place to chat, share ideas, and learn about careers and university programs can now visit.

Sponsored by the Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), the Weather Channel, and Philippe Cousteau, grandson of legendary sea-explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, the recently launched Planet-connect.org is a site designed for teens by teens.

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Being a tween

Posted by bronwynr on February 8, 2009

It’s cooler than ever to be a tween these days, but is an important part of childhood being lost?

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Teen Content Creators and Consumers

Posted by bronwynr on December 24, 2008

More than half of online teens have created content for the internet; and most teen downloaders think that getting free music files is easy to do. American teenagers today are utilizing the interactive capabilities of the internet as they create and share their own media creations. Fully half of all teens and 57% of teens who use the internet could be considered Content Creators. They have created a blog or webpage, posted original artwork, photography, stories or videos online or remixed online content into their own new creations. Read the full Pew/Internet report

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Online Time Important to Teen Development

Posted by bronwynr on November 22, 2008

Online Time Important to Teen DevelopmentThe largest U.S. study on teenagers and their use of digital media show that America’s youth are developing important social and technical skills online, skills that adults do not always understand or value.


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Talking with Kids about Tough Issues

Posted by bronwynr on November 18, 2008

The Kaiser Foundation and Children Now offer “practical, concrete tips
and techniques for talking easily and openly with young children ages 8
to 12 about some very tough issues: sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, drugs and

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