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Parents Increasingly Permissive in Letting Underage Kids Use Social Media

Pre-teens using social media? No problem, for some parents. Credit: Getty Images Sure, you're supposed to be 13 years old before you have a Facebook account, but go ahead and sign up a few years early. Your parents won't mind. They'r...Too young for Facebook? Don't worry. Your folks don't (likely) care.

Teenage Girls Portray Themselves as Sexy and Crazy Online, Survey Finds

You may be shocked by your daughter's online image. Credit: Getty Images
The time your teenage daughter spends on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace or Twitter may be causing identity confusion, as her online persona probably por...
She may be all sweet and smart at home, but on Facebook, your teen wants to be known as sexy and funny.

Nude MySpace Photos Put Teen at Risk for Sex Offender Status

In a toxic mix of social media and impulsive behavior, a teenager who posted explicit nude photographs of herself on MySpace is facing child pornography charges that could force her to register as a sex offender -- a label she would carry for the res...

Facebook Friends or Sex Offenders?

MySpace made news after revealing that 90,000 registered sex offenders have been kicked off its site in the past two years. Bravo! But where did all of those sex offenders go? Experts are saying they've snuck over to Facebook. Facebook has become...

MySpace Mom Finds Long Lost Son

Thirty-two years after giving her son up for adoption, Terri Fuller, a mom from Layton, UT, found him in the most unusual way, thanks to a simple typo. Fuller gave up her son, Rustin Hawver, when he was just two and she "was young and just barely ...

Online Predators - Just an Urban Legend?

It's enough to send a chill up any parent's spine: a 14-year-old girl agrees to meet an online friend, presumably another teen, without telling her parents. Only the "teen" turns out to be a 38-year-old man ... and a predator. To parents and child...

Twitter Post on Child Abuse Crosses Line

A blogger who goes by the name Thordora recently tweeted something rather alarming on Twitter, an online site where posters talk about what they're doing or thinking at any given moment in 140 characters or less. Thordora is mom to a 3-year-old daugh...

Julia Hudson speaks about son via MySpace

As we all know too well by now, actress and singer Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were taken from her and her sister, Julia, in what is sure to be one of the biggest tragedies in Hollywood and America. Even more alarming than the mur...

Minnie Driver shows off her son on MySpace

There's a new trend among Hollywood parents -- no, not twins, silly! I'm talking about the decision not to sell photos of the new baby to a magazine or tabloid. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban said no thanks to some big offers, and Halle Berry passed a...

Facebook gets safer

Social networking websites like Facebook are all the rage with teenagers these days. Unfortunately, they're also popular with those who would prey on teenagers. Facebook, the second largest such site, has just gotten safer, however. Working with stat...

Text messages save girl

Before you come down too hard on your teenager for her excessive text messaging, be aware that those mad typing skillz might just save her life. That's what happened with one Northern California girl. The sixteen-year-old met thirty-seven-year-old Da...

Surprising new findings about online predators

A new study released yesterday suggests that the typical online predator is not who you might think. Rather than an adult posing as a teen in order to gain kids' trust, online sexual predators are often adults who make their intentions quite clear to...

YouTube bans breastfeeding video

When I saw this I thought I'd heard it before. That's because both FaceBook and MySpace have banned breastfeeding videos as well (this one, in fact). The League of Maternal Justice reports that YouTube has joined the other losers by banning the br...

Facebook could damage your teen's future career

A UK watchdog has warned that young people need to be more careful about the personal information they're posting online -- or risk future damage to their careers. With social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace now as much a part of the lives...

Teenager commits suicide over MySpace

It's a tragic story that combines Romeo & Juliet with "Mean Girls". A teenager, who had struggled with depression, ADD, and weight issues, was finally experiencing her Cinderella moment. She'd lost 25 lbs, was about to get her braces taken off, h...

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