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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Shocking stats, video on texting while driving

A new and controversial video about Texting while driving is getting a great deal of exposure right now. I wonder about its effectiveness? On one hand, it dramatically demonstrates the potential problem of this type of distraction which could “bring home” the message to teens that texting (or other distractions) while driving can be very dangerous. On the other hand, some research shows that this type of message only has a very short term effect if any.


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Also, I Interviewed for this story, short but good read: Shocking stats, video on texting while driving.



Friday, August 28, 2009

cyberbullying and online peer harassment

A list of the scholarly literature that we are aware of that examine issues relating to cyberbullying and online peer harassment among youth.

Gauging Your Distraction

Gauging Your Distraction - new game that measures how your reaction time is affected by external distractions  Interactive Feature - "Gauging Your Distraction"

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Connect Safely |Online Safety 3.0: Empowering and Protecting Youth

Both the Internet and the way young people use technology are constantly changing, but Internet safety messages change very slowly if at all. A few years ago, some of us in the Net safety community started talking about how to adjust our messaging for the much more interactive “Web 2.0.” And we did so, based on the latest research as it emerged. But even those messages are starting to get a bit stale….

Now it’s time for Internet Safety 3.0.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009



Dick Thornburgh and Herbert S. Lin, Editors

Committee to Study Tools and Strategies for ProtectingKids from Pornography and Their Applicability to Other Inappropriate Internet Content

Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
National Research Council

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Washington, DC 20418

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Teens and Mobile Phones Over the Past Five Years: Pew Internet Looks Back

Teens and Mobile Phones Over the Past Five Years: Pew Internet Looks Back
Teenagers have previously lagged behind adults in their ownership of cell phones, but several years of survey data collected by the Pew Internet & American Life Project show that those ages 12-17 are closing the gap in cell phone ownership. The Project first began surveying teenagers about their mobile phones in its 2004 Teens and Parents project when a survey showed that 45% of teens had a cell phone. Since that time, mobile phone use has climbed steadily among teens ages 12 to 17 – to 63% in fall of 2006 to 71% in early 2008.

ResearchBuzz > Video Site Especially for Kids Launched

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