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May 20, 2011:

California Bill To Give Parents Access To Kids' Facebook Pages (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 2:09 AM

California SB 242, proposed by Sen. Ellen Corbett, would force social networks like Facebook to allow parents access to their child’s account(s) and, more importantly, force all privacy settings to their maximum level by default. Parents can request that images or text be removed from any social network page “upon request … within 48 hours [...]

April 24, 2011:

Facebook kicks off 20,000 underage users a day (3 Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 7:25 PM

Are kids slipping through the cracks in Facebook's just-ask age screening approach?
The social networking site kicks off around 20,000 underage users per day, its chief privacy adviser, Mozelle Thompson, told Australia's parliament this week...

April 22, 2011:

Increasingly, Internet Activism Helps Shutter Abusive 'Troubled Teen' Boot Camps (No Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 1:05 AM

For the last 40 years, teens with drug problems, learning disabilities and other behavioral issues have been sent to residential facilities to endure "tough love" techniques that are widely known to include methods of outright physical and psychological abuse.

Whether labeled as boot camps,...

October 29, 2010:

Mozilla Pays 12-Year-Old San Jose Boy for Hunting Bugs in System (1 Comment)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 9:17 PM

It's safe to say a typical Willow Glen 12-year-old doesn't earn $3,000 for a couple of weeks' worth of work. Then again, Alex Miller is no typical 12-year-old. Alex is a bug hunter, but the bugs he's uncovering are unlikely to end up in any entomological reference book. Instead, the bug Alex found was a [...]

September 14, 2010:

Online High School: Everything You Need To Know (2 Comments)Posted in: Resources by SoulRiser @ 7:40 PM

Finishing high school online is a decent enough alternative to being stuck in a classroom with annoying people all day. It's not quite unschooling or homeschooling, but if your parents aren't open to those ideas, then it might be a decent compromise. Unlike homeschooling and unschooling, with online high schooling you get a diploma afterwards [...]

August 31, 2010:

Facebook Suit: Teens Too Young to Like (2 Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 11:42 PM

Do you "like" Facebook? But really, do you "like like" Facebook? A new lawsuit filed may soon end adolescents ability to "Like" things online. How will the teens ever survive without "Like," a word so crucial to their vernacular and awkward flirting habits? The suit, filed today in Los Angeles County Court, accuses Facebook of [...]

July 12, 2010:

Debate Looms Over Teens' Privacy Rights on the Web (1 Comment)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 6:37 PM

A proposed change to federal regulations designed to help parents control the information websites collect from their children is stirring a national debate about how much free speech and privacy American teenagers should have on the Internet. For 10 years, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) has required websites aimed at children under 13 [...]

June 10, 2010:

Mother Finds Kidnapped Kids Through Facebook (5 Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 4:53 AM

A San Bernardino mother whose children were kidnapped 15 years ago was able to finally track them down using Facebook. San Bernardino’s Deputy District Attorney says it’s the first time his office has handled a case like this one. But in this digital age, it may not be the last. Faustino Utrera, father of two [...]

June 9, 2010:

Scare tactics, blocking sites can be bad for kids (No Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 1:09 AM

Scaring children about the dangers of the Internet and blocking access to social-networking sites can do more harm than good, according to a report released Friday by a committee tasked by the U.S. government to explore online safety. Parents, teachers, government agencies, and other organizations should promote online citizenship and media-literacy education, and actively encourage [...]

June 8, 2010:

Judge convicts Ark. mom in Facebook flap with son (No Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 9:52 PM

An Arkansas woman who locked her son out of his Facebook account and posted her own items there was convicted Thursday of misdemeanor harassment and ordered not to have contact with the teenager. Clark County District Judge Randy Hill ordered Denise New, of Arkadelphia, to pay a $435 fine and complete anger-management and parenting classes. [...]

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