Teens Articles

Google+ Safety Enhancements For Teens Announced Google+ Safety Enhancements For Teens Announced
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Google’s Bradley Horowitz, VP Product on Google+, announced on Google+ that the company is launching some enhancements designed to keep teens safe on Google+. Given the company’s new privacy policy consolidation, I guess that means keeping teens safe using Google …

Young People Would Rather Shop In Stores Than Online Young People Would Rather Shop In Stores Than Online
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The youth of today might not be able to so much as get out into the shower or start cooking microwave popcorn without having a smartphone or iPod attached to their face, but when it comes to shopping? They’re still …

SmokefreeTXT Helps You Quit Smoking With Encouraging Texts SmokefreeTXT Helps You Quit Smoking With Encouraging Texts
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If there is one simple truth that everyone who has ever picked up a cigarette knows, it’s this: quitting is a huge pain in the ass. Anyone who has ever attempted and failed can attest to that, and everyone who …

Sexting Linked To Depression, Suicide Sexting Linked To Depression, Suicide
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Research that has just been released by the Education Development Center in Massachusetts is linking sexting to some pretty serious psychological problems. The study, which sampled 23,000 students in the Boston area, found that “sexting can include overtones of bullying …

Facebook Is Turning Your Kids Into Drunken Stoners Facebook Is Turning Your Kids Into Drunken Stoners
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Consider this a follow-up piece to my previous “warning” that Facebook is turning your children into narcissistic idiots. With that article, I told you about a psychological study that warned of the effects that social media sites like Facebook can …

Teens Post Sexy Pics On Myspace, Judge Says It’s OK Teens Post Sexy Pics On Myspace, Judge Says It’s OK
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In the last year or so, we’ve seen multiple instances of minors being charged with crimes for sexting. Apparently, to some prosecutors, these racy pics constitute child pornography – even if the nude photos that the minors posses are photos …

Facebook Is Turning Your Children Into Narcissistic Idiots Facebook Is Turning Your Children Into Narcissistic Idiots
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A new study presents some interesting theories on how the world’s most popular social network is affecting our youth – both for the better and for the worse. But do the beneficial and detrimental findings actually contradict each other? The …

N.J. Sexting Bill Would Send Teens to Sexting School N.J. Sexting Bill Would Send Teens to Sexting School
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We all know that technology has made it so much easier these days for kids. I’m not even that old and I remember when I had to leave a message with my friend’s mom and wait for them to call …

Teens On Facebook Ignore Parents Friend Requests
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More than a third (35%) of  teens who have parents on Facebook indicate they are not actually friends with them online, according to a new survey from Kaplan Test Prep.

Among that group, 38 percent said the reason they are not friends is because they have ignored their parent’s friend request. Even as some teens ignore their parents’ friend requests, 82 percent say they mom and dad are either “very involved” (44%) or “somewhat involved” (38%) in their academic lives.

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.

Teen Texting Sees Sharp Increase
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Cell-phone texting has become the preferred form of basic communication between teens and their friends, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Daily text messaging among teens has increased in the past 18 months from 38 percent of teens texting friends daily in 2008, to 54 percent of teens texting daily in 2009. The average teen sends and receives 50 or more messages per day, or 1,500 per month.

Sexting Most Common Among Older Teens
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New research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 4 percent of cell phone owners ages 12 to 17 have sent sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of themselves to someone else on a cell phone.

Pew found 15 percent of teens that age have received this kind of image of someone they know personally on their cell phone. Sexting was most common among older teens with 8 percent of 17-year-old cell-owners saying they have sent suggestive images of themselves by text while only 4 percent of 12-year-olds have.

Teens Want More Technology At School
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More teens are using technology to access their grades and class assignments online as well as using the Internet to help with homework, according to a new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

"Teens today are using more than just a calculator to help them with their studies," said Jessica Boothe, research analyst at CEA.

Teen Media Habits Surprising to Some
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Nielsen recently shared some findings from its report (pdf) on how teens use media. Interestingly enough, the results don’t live up to the stereotypical "teens are always texting" scenario.

Kids/Teens Drawn to Virtual Worlds, Not Marketers
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What do you get when you cross a video-game with social networking? Virtual worlds – and they’re no joke, particularly with younger generations who are immersing themselves in increasing numbers.

Teens Spending Less On Online Music
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Teens (age 13 to 17) purchased 19 percent less music in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to a new report from the NPD Group.

CD purchasing feel 26 percent and paid digital downloads dropped 13 percent compared to the previous year.  With paid digital downloads, 32 percent of teens purchasing less digital music said they were unhappy with the music that was available for purchase and 23 percent were satisfied were satisfied with the digital music they already owned.

Teens Only Spend 11.5 Hours Online Per Week

Who knew? A study by OTX finds that on average teens (aged 13-17) spend 11.5 hours online a week (yep, not a day . . . no comment on how many hours I spend online a day. . . .). Nearly a quarter of teens spend over 15 hours online per week, while 45% spent eight hours or less online.

YouTube, Disney, Top Video Sites For Kids
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Initially, it’s nice to think that kids and teens watching more online video at home than adults is because, with work and responsibilities and all that, adults just don’t have that kind of time. But considering adults watch most of their online video at work, that half-hour less they spend at home watching belies that conventional wisdom.

Texting (Probably) Won’t Make Your Kid Dumb

Nothing makes parents and educators more concerned about the youth than the youth’s embracing attitude of new technology; when I was a kid video games were rotting our minds, and these days it’s, well, everything. A new survey from Pew Internet says, as usual, grownups may be overreacting.

Twitter Trying to Reach the Teen Market

I’m not quite sure how a NYT piece on Twitter ended-up in the “Fashion & Style” section, but it’s an interesting read nonetheless.

Teens Not Aware Of Downloading Laws

Nearly half of teenagers (49%) said they are not familiar with the rules for downloading images, literature, music, movies and software from the Internet a new Microsoft survey says.

Only 11 percent of teens said they knew the laws "very well".  The majority (82%) of those who were familiar with the law said illegal downloaders should be punished. In contrast just over half (57%) who were unfamiliar with the laws said violators should be punished.