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Facebook Is Still No Country For Sex Offenders, Says Indiana Judge Facebook Is Still No Country For Sex Offenders, Says Indiana Judge
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“Sex offenders are deplorable and allowing them access to our children via Facebook is criminal.” How about “it’s a universal human right, protected by the constitution, to be able to access these forms of communication as they amount to free …

Sorry Parents, Your Teens Like Porn A Lot More Than You Think Sorry Parents, Your Teens Like Porn A Lot More Than You Think
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In little-to-no-chance-of-shocking-you news, parents are fairly oblivious when it comes to what their kids are doing online. McAfee just released the results of their annual Teen Internet Behavior study, and the takeaway is that parents severely underestimate what their kids …

New Louisiana Law Gives Sex Offenders A Scarlet Letter On Facebook New Louisiana Law Gives Sex Offenders A Scarlet Letter On Facebook
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When it comes to registered sex offenders being allowed on social media sites like Facebook, maybe it’s more about open information and less about outright bans. Unsure of the constitutionality of an outright ban on sex offenders using social networks, …

If Facebook Lets in Preteens, They Better Not See Any Ads and Parents Better Have Control, Say Consumer Groups If Facebook Lets in Preteens, They Better Not See Any Ads and Parents Better Have Control, Say Consumer Groups
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Facebook’s longstanding rules on preteens accessing the service may be changing, as we learned earlier this month that the company was mulling the possibility of letting kids under the age of 13 join the network. Of course, opening up Facebook …

Jimmy Kimmel Straps Kid Into Lie Detector, Continues To Make Children Miserable

Jimmy Kimmel likes to put people in uncomfortable situations for our amusement – and that applies to his late night show and beyond. Whether he’s harassing old people to comment on Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, coaxing people to unplug the …

Facebook May Soon Let Kids Under 13 Join The Party Facebook May Soon Let Kids Under 13 Join The Party
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Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities section 4, article 5 clearly states that “You will not use Facebook if you are under 13.” But according to sources quoted by the Wall Street Journal, that may soon be changing. Apparently, Facebook …

Should Sex Offenders Be Allowed On Facebook? Should Sex Offenders Be Allowed On Facebook?
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I am not a father. Because of this, I don’t possess the visceral, instinctual drive to protect my children at all costs. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I’m insensitive to the challenges of protecting kids both online and offline, …

Kids Narrate ‘Planet Earth’: Cuteness Overload

This Weekend the BBC original series Planet Earth will be shown in its original uncut version on BBC America in celebration of Earth Day. The UK version includes narration by David Attenborough (not Sigourney Weaver) and an original score by …

Cain’s Arcade Makes A Huge Splash

Caine Monroy is a smart 9 year old. He spent his summers helping his dad at the auto parts store his family owned in East LA. One day Caine had a brilliant idea to build an arcade out of the …

Second EUHackathon, Hack4Kids, Announced For June Second EUHackathon, Hack4Kids, Announced For June

The EUHackathon was a new event started up last year that aimed to “build a bridge between the “old” (the European Institutions and lawmakers) and the “new” (the Internet and coders) world.” It brought together these two cultures that seem …

Groupon Kidz Club Launches With Some Questionable Characters Groupon Kidz Club Launches With Some Questionable Characters

Groupon has launched a new kids site called Groupon Kidz Club with games and a really weird song. One character apparently doesn’t love his parents, one hates stray dogs, one is some guy the kids “took in” after finding him …

Netflix Loses Kids Shows Briefly In Canada Netflix Loses Kids Shows Briefly In Canada
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Netflix announced that it has renewed a licensing deal to keep a few key children’ shows in its instant catalog in Canada, after losing them for a few days. I know you missed some of your favorite kids’ characters while …

PixyKids, Facebook For Kids, Gets $3 Million In Funding PixyKids, Facebook For Kids, Gets $3 Million In Funding

Facebook and other social media sites are very clear on their rules of when somebody can join their site. A child must be 13-years-old before they can start spamming their friends with requests for games and posting the latest Nicki …

FTC Approves Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program Thanks to Aristotle FTC Approves Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program Thanks to Aristotle

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved The Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program, designed by Aristotle International, as a “safe harbor” program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) on Friday. The COPPA rule grants websites that target viewers ages …

Disappointed Kids on Christmas YouTube Videos 2011 Disappointed Kids on Christmas YouTube Videos 2011

While most who took in the “WTF I Wanted an iPhone” video were shocked and appalled by the teen and pre-teen reaction to not receiving a car or Apple product for Christmas, there’s something more light-hearted and humorous about younger …

Parents Spying on Their Kids on Facebook – An Infographic Parents Spying on Their Kids on Facebook – An Infographic
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What are your kids doing on Facebook? 55% of parents can answer that question, according to a study depicted in an infographic from OnlineSchools.com. The sources of the info in this graphic are a Bullguard Internet Security Survey and Parents, …

Netflix Gets More MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central Shows Netflix Gets More MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central Shows
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Netflix is adding yet more content to its streaming offering. This time, the company’s existing partnership with Viacom and MTV Networks is getting an expansion that sees more episodes of popular television shows coming to Netflix’s on-demand service, effective immediately. …

Today’s Google Doodle is Doodle 4 Google Winner Today’s Google Doodle is Doodle 4 Google Winner

Today’s Google Doodle comes to you from seven year old Matteo Lopez. A student at Monte Verde Elementary School in San Francisco, his doodle entitled “Space Life” was announced yesterday as the overall winner of the 2011 Doodle 4 Google …

AOL Gives Parents Tool for Eavesdropping on Kids’ Social Networking
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AOL has released the results from a new survey, conducted by Nielsen, about parenting and social networking. The survey found that over half of children don’t knows all of their "friends" personally.

The survey also found that 76% of parents with kids on Facebook have "friended" their teenagers, while 29% of these teens would un-friend their parents if they were given the option. Heartwarming isn’t it? These kids are twice as likely to un-friend their mothers as opposed to their fathers.

McAfee Studies What Teens Are Getting Away with Online
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McAfee has released the results of a study today, finding that nearly half of online teens have shared personal information with strangers. The study looked at this and other areas of concern for parents.

Addressing The Problem Of Bullying On Facebook

Yesterday, Tony Orsini, my son’s middle school principal sent a blunt letter to all parents telling us that we should ban social networks for our middle school children. I was unsure whether it was acceptable for me to print the latter when I got it, but our New York CBS TV station had a headline today, "NJ Principal Asks Parents To Ban Social Networking" in which it prints the whole letter. You should read it for yourself. I respect Tony, but he’s wrong on this one.