Experts Say Ban TV from Children's Bedrooms: Is TV responsible for the "breakdown" of the family unit? UK Gen Y parenting expert Sarah Newton says "No" and adds, "...Please, stop criticising the TV. I am getting quite annoyed with academics telling us how to parent. I mean, have they really tried to remove a TV from a 15-year-old’s bedroom?"
Boston Teens Say Rhianna is Responsible: A survey conducted in Boston finds that "many teens say teen idol Rihanna was “responsible” for what happened between her and boyfriend." Blaming the victim of domestic abuse? Uh, no. Clearly this is a teachable moment for parents and Redbook and Liz Claiborne have put together some resources to help get the conversation started. Another great resource is the National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline. In other news, Chris Brown gets dissed by music industry peers in a rap song.
Youths go for mobiles; drop landlines: Australian youth moving out of the nest aren't signing up for landlines---they're choosing to use their mobile phone as their primary phone service.
Congrats! Anne Collier, the force behind NetFamilyNews, has been has just been appointed to the NTIA's (Commerce Dept.'s) Online Safety and Technology Working Group.
What Teens Want in a Website: Great recap from Anastasia Goodstein, founder of Ypulse, on her YPulse Youth Panel at the 2009 SXSW Interactive Festival. Speaking of Ypulse, the 2009 Ypulse Youth Marketing Mashup is just around the corner. Readers of this blog can get 10% off registration by using the discount code "BAIRD." Be sure to follow Ypulse and Anastasia on Twitter!
Stop Killing Students with PowerPoint: This is an excellent SlideShare presentation on the do's and don'ts of using the ubiquitous (and mostly dreaded) PowerPoint preso. Speaking of presentations: Prezi, a new presentation tool that allows you to easily create an interactive presentation slides, has launched!
Mobile Wars in India: Graham Brown, co-founder of mobileYouth, tweeted an interesting article about the explosion of mobile phones in India and how youth are at the center of the wireless telcos battle to win the hearts and rupee's of subscribers. Thanks Graham! By the way, Graham will be speaking at the 2009 Ypulse Mashup in San Francisco!
2009 National Tween Summit: AllyKatzz, the popular online community for tween girls, has announced that they will host the Inaugural National Tween Summit, "Can't Vote, Can Change" to be held October 2009 in Washington, D.C. No word yet whether the First Tweens, Sasha and Malia, will make an appearance! Follow AllyKatzz on Twitter!