Sexting is Still the Rage Among Teens
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Sexting is Still the Rage Among Teens
12/15/2009


I came across a new article today from CNN which reports "Nearly one-sixth of teens who own cell phones have received nude or nearly nude images via text message from someone they know." This is the phenomenon known as sexting. Here are a few items of interest from the article. First, "teens whose parents searched through their cell phones were no more or less likely to send and receive sexually explicit text messages than those whose phones were kept private," and also "boys and girls surveyed were equally likely to say they engage in sexting."

So it doesn't matter if your teen is male or female and it doesn't matter how tightly you, as a parent, regulate control over the device.

That's not encouraging.

Part of the solution, I believe, is communication. In fact, an 18 year old named Avery has this to say in the article:

Avery suggested parents talk to their teens about appropriate cell phone use when their kids first get cell phones. But don't overdo it, she said, because teens generally understand the dangers of sexting.

"Parents think it's happening more than it actually is," she said. "It's not seen as very normal by teenagers."


FULL ARTICLE:
CNN - Survey: 15 percent of teens get sexual text messages

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Parents Experience Fear, Naiveté and Defeat
11/13/2009

I came across this article by Rhett Smith, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate based out of Texas. He describes some observations about the emotions that parents go through when it comes to technology, social media, and their children. Making the list is fear, naiveté and defeat.

I think most of us can relate to those feelings whether technology is involved or not! Raising children invites a host of emotions. But he didn't stop there, he also explored why he thinks our kids, and especially teenagers, are attracted to technology and social media.

As a parent, I want to understand this and I think you should too. Take a look.

FULL ARTICLE
Providing Understanding for Parent’s Experiences Around Their Kids and Technology

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Pornless Porn Star Videos? There's an App for That
9/23/2009


CNET is reporting that Apple has approved the first 2 "Porn Star Apps" for iPhone and iPod Touch. These apps contain porn star related blogs, photos, and videos. What you won't find, however, is letter-of-the-law pornography.

In January we wrote about Apple walking the gratification tightrope when they took down an app that allowed you to enhance certain anatomical components of your own images with simulated 3D, uh, geography. One of the reasons that the Apple Store is being scrutinized in this area, is because they have made efforts to keep the iPhone Apps somewhat respectable. What they haven't done a good job of, however, is clearly defining exactly where the line of "objectionable material" lies.

I don't think these apps make your son or daughter's iPhone/iPod any more or less dangerous as a delivery mechanism for inappropriate material. A savvy (or clumsy) young person can pull up any webpage on the entire Internet via the native web browser on these devices. If you can see a website with your computer, they can see the same site with an iPhone, and probably an iPod Touch. Unless of course you put a content filter, such as SafeEyes Mobile, on it.

The reason I bring this up here, then, is to remind you that these mobile devices are constantly evolving, and it is your responsibility as a parent to keep up with the times to the best of your ability.

FULL ARTICLE:
Apple OKs First Porn Star Apps for the iPhone

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