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Kids These Days

Kids These Days

Thanks to iPads, Toddlers Are Totally Over Toy Blocks

Kids don't know how to do this anymore. (Wikimedia Commons)

Here’s a frightening thought regarding the future of humankind: according to The Telegraph, children born in the digital age are so addicted to technology, they’re forgoing playing with blocks, pens and paper.

Members of the UK’s Association of Teachers and Lecturers are warning that the addiction is leaving children as young as three with no dexterity in their fingers but the ability to swipe a touch screen with ease. Read More

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Kids Aren’t Reporting Cyberbullying Because They Don’t Want Their Phones Confiscated

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Today in really, really sad news, kids these days would apparently rather endure cyberbullying than not have a smartphone or laptop, Ireland’s Independent reports.

The theory belongs to Dr. Conor McGuckin, an assistant professor in education psychology at Trinity College, Dublin. According to Dr. McGuckin, who spoke at a recent Cyber-Ethics Public Forum, kids are often scared to report cases of cyberbullying to their parents because they don’t want them to confiscate their smartphones, tablets and laptops. Instead, they’d rather suffer the torment in silence. Read More

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Daughter Monetizes Her Dad By Billing Him for Tech Support

Computer repair.

If I had a dollar every time my parents asked me to fix the printer or repair the Internet, I’d be in the Maldives sipping a Bud Light Lime. Sadly I never negotiated that deal with them, but that doesn’t mean others haven’t disrupted their parents’ wallets. Australia’s news.com.au reports that one conniving daughter billed her dad for replacing his laptop’s hard drive and Read More

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It Sucks to Be a Teen on the Internet Today

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In the mid-90s, when this reporter was in elementary school, we developed a code for AOL instant messenger to alert our chat buddies whenever our parents had entered the room or were looking over our shoulders. “1,” we would type, when they were lurking around, to let our buddies know not to type anything inappropriate, and “11″ when they eventually left.

We were rarely actually talking about anything that could get us into real trouble–back then “inappropriate” meant the boys we had crushes on and articles about the Spice Girls that we weren’t technically allowed to read because they were in grownup magazines like Vogue. But we enjoyed the conspiratorial feeling of having a secret language, of having something that belonged to us and only us. It was a treasured part of being young–and it is apparently something that teens today don’t get to enjoy.

According to an article in the New York Times, parents are using our quantitative obsession to track their teens’ every move. And it’s not just online, but on their phones, in the car and when they’re out and about, too. Read More

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Online Video Chatting–All the Rich White Girls Are Doing It

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“Warning to parents,” Vator News cried out yesterday, “this is what your teen does online.” Exclamation points implied! So what’s the terrifying new teen pastime parents should be panicked about? According to Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, teenagers are, get this, using online video.

The actual study doesn’t adopt Vator New’s fear-mongering tone, except in the way that all sentences about the online activities of teenagers sound like they’re pulled from a “Nightline” investigation. “Nearly 2 in 5 online teens (37%) say they have video chatted with someone else using applications such as Skype, iChat or Googletalk.” Ahhhhh, lock up your kids. Read More

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Alloy, to Further Dominate Young Adult Market with ‘Next Generation Media’ Factory

All your young adults are belong to us.

With 3 percent of Twitter’s servers devoted to Justin Bieber, there is no denying millenials are a power force on the internet. Alloy, the creator of books like Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, among others, has honed its formula for churning out youth bestsellers and accompanying spin-offs to perfection.

Tween and teen-oriented page turners were Alloy’s bread and butter, but the company has lost its faith in books; instead turning to the web and television for eyeballs and mindshare. Alloy Digital, a division of Alloy Media + Marketing, says it reaches more than 60 70 million youngsters a month through its network of websites including the websites for the aforementioned series, new-fangled products like this confusing Facebook app, and Teen.com. Read More

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Young New Yorkers Sleep With Their Computers For That “Information Edge”

Fearless digital turks

The New York Times dove into the hyper connected world of 20 something with smartphones this weekend, returning with some shocking revelations about the behavior of this new cyber culture. A few findings:

People are always texting one another on their phones, even when they are out to dinner.

Checking in to venues. Passive aggressively emailing friends who are checking in when you are stuck at work.

To maintain an information edge, the digital youth keeps a device handy at all times. Spencer Lazar, founder of Spontaneously, sleeps with his smartphone, iPad and laptop in the bed. Read More