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[ NNSquad ] Expert on Youth Online Isn't Sounding the Alarm

Expert on Youth Online Isn't Sounding the Alarm

http://j.mp/zNRoNU  (New York Times)

    Children today, she said, are reacting online largely to social
    changes that have taken place off line.  "Children's ability to roam
    has basically been destroyed," Dr. Boyd said in her office at
    Microsoft, where a view of the Boston skyline is echoed in the towers
    of books on her shelves, desk and floor. "Letting your child out to
    bike around the neighborhood is seen as terrifying now, even though by
    all measures, life is safer for kids today."  Children naturally
    congregate on social media sites for the relatively unsupervised
    conversations, flirtations, immature humor and social exchanges that
    are the normal stuff of teenage hanging-out, she said.  "We need to
    give kids the freedom to explore and experience things online that
    might actually help them," she added.

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Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
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