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Teen "Sexting" Isn't All That Dangerous

Texting naked photos of yourself is stupid, but it's not the most problematic thing kids are doing online. For most teens, cyberbullying is a far bigger problem. When I was a teenager, our parents worried that we were having sex, but they didn't t...

Woman In Labor Calls Radio Station To Find Husband

Everybody who has ever had a child has a story about the day the kid was born. Some are better than others, of course. But this story might be the best I've heard yet. A very pregnant Kerry Colber of Portland, OR, started having contractions on Mo...

Texting - Kids Can't Walk and Talk at the Same Time

We already know that teens, texting, and driving don't mix. (My van was rear-ended by a texting teen last year, who claimed he "didn't see me there." Or, apparently, the 20 cars who were also stopped at the red light in front of me.) But a new stu...

Is Your Teen Sex-ting?

Here's a lesson you need to make sure your teen knows: those explicit photos of themselves they're sending via cell phone can STILL wind up on the internet. Or on someone else's cell phone.
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California Teen Texts Too Much

After more than a quarter of a century as a computer programmer, I'm a pretty fast typist. At least, I used to think so, until I read about Reina Hardesty. The California thirteen-year-old managed to send more than fourteen thousand messages in a sin...

Mom Denied Cell Phone - For Being a Mom

Butcher, baker, candlestick maker -- all noble professions, indeed. Stay-at-home Mom? Well, get a real job. At least, that's what one Australian mom was told when she went to buy a cell phone. Lyndal Fair, a thirty-six-year-old mother of three, wante...

Texting Teaches Teens Important Life Skills

A new study has found that teenagers are sending nearly 10,000 text messages each year -- that's just over 27 a day, in case you're wondering. One third of teens surveyed also confess to watching nearly 50 videos on line each week, in addition to the...

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Trying to keep up with the Internet can be exhausting -- all those blogs to read and news stories to process! That's why we love Twitter so much -- because all the pieces of the 'net are gathered together in wee little 140 character updates. Now Twi...

Sunbathing Australian teens advertise for boys

A group of teenage girls, fourteen and fifteen years old, had the brilliant idea of writing their mobile phone numbers on their backs with blue skin cream so that boys could see them when the girls were sunbathing. The girls were hoping to attract so...

Teen facing porn charges for taking nude pics of herself

What were you thinking? If you're a parent of a teen, you may have found yourself asking this question more than once. According to recent research, if a teen answered the question honestly, they might says, "I wasn't." Experts say that a teen's risk...

Baby uses cellphone to get help

When Linda Wright heard her eleven-month-old granddaughter, Amelia, answer the cellphone, she knew something wasn't right. The baby wasn't allowed to play with the phone, under normal circumstances, so when she heard her say "Who's that?" and "Mama",...

Cellphones and children - What age is appropriate?

For many, BC could easily stand for "Before Cellphones," so unimaginable is life without these handy devices. And while giving a child his or her own cell phone is now nearly as common a ritual as buying them a bike, the age cellphone ownership is a...

Riding the subway - to school?

How do your kids get to school? How did you get to school when you were a kid? Taking the yellow school bus, walking or riding a bike may all seem like normal methods of getting to school. In the modern world, we drive and carpool as well. But what ...

Teacher texts, talks to teen

(Click the photo for the Top 10 Crazy Teacher Meltdowns) No parent would want to have to deal with a situation like this. Your teenage daughter is acting a little odd (more so, even, than one would expect of a teenager) so you decide to check thi...

At what age is it ok to leave kids home alone?

I was at least twelve years old before I was allowed to cross the street by myself. It was several years after that I was allowed to stay home alone during the summer while my parents were at work instead of going to summer camp. I always felt lik...

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