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Apps, Social Networks Pose New Threat to Kids

There is a rising threat to kids who habituate the Internet: the likelihood that a popular mobile app or social-networking service will invade their privacy.

Close Bond With Mom Helps Keep Teen Boys Safe

A boy's relationship with his mother changes as he grows up and the way it changes can affect his behavior when he's a teen, a new study says.

What's Hot? 9/2/11

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Teen Boys Drink Most Sugary Drinks

On average, males ages 12 through 19 drink the equivalent of nearly two cans of soda each day.

Doctors' Groups Say Teens Shouldn't Box

Teens and boxing are a bad combination, doctors say.

Pillow Talk Wearing Phone-Obsessed Teens Out

Eighty percent of teens polled say they sleep with their phones.

Kids Multitask Using Multi-Screens

Children are using up to five screens at a time including mobile phones, laptops, games consoles and television because they are now bored with just focusing on one.

Facebook Moves Privacy Settings to Individual Posts

Facebook is unveiling improvements for sharing posts, photos, tags and places with exactly the people a user wants to see the content.

Social Networking Increases Risk of Teen Drug Abuse

Time spent social networking increases the risk of teens smoking, drinking and using drugs, according to a national survey of American attitudes on substance abuse.

Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2015

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall.

Happy Teens Usually Crime-Free

A new study helps support the notion that happy young teens are more likely to avoid crime.

What's Hot? 8/19/11

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

U.S. Child Poverty Rate Hits 20%

Over the past decade, child poverty grew in 38 states. Economic recession and housing foreclosures are among the major reasons, wiping out earlier gains, a new report finds.

Expelled Teen Charged in Plot to Bomb School

Police on Wednesday said they had prevented an attack on a Tampa high school after arresting an expelled student and discovering materials at his home to make pipe bombs.

Excess Weight in Young Adulthood Predicts Shorter Lifespan

Being heavy in young adulthood can lead to earlier death, even if a person loses weight later.

Should Bert and Ernie Get Married?

A battle is brewing over the marital status of two Sesame Street characters. An online campaign has been started to have Bert and Ernie marry, in order to show support for LBGT children.

What's Hot? 8/12/11

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Kids Who Use Facebook Do Worse in School

That Facebook is hugely distracting is hardly stop-the-presses kind of news, but parents might be dismayed to learn that the social-media site can hobble learning and make kids less healthy and more depressed.

iGen: 25% of 2-Year-Olds Have Used a Smartphone

The nascent iGen - the generation following Millennials - is learning to use technology, being given access by their Gen X and Gen Y mothers.

Teens See More Sex on TV Than Online

According to new research, young people are much more likely to be exposed to sexual material through television and music than they are through websites and video games.

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