Beyond Foster Care
States are trying to extend help to the growing number of “emancipated” parentless 18-year-olds who face bleak futures on their own.
Mean Teens Online: Forget Sticks and Stones, They’ve Got Mail
Forget sticks and stones, today’s teenagers have got the web at their command and about a third of those online tell a new Pew Internet survey that they have been targets of annoying and potentially menacing online activities.
Growing Up With the News
In an era when war, tragedy and scandal often dominate the headlines, America’s parents are more likely to encourage children to follow the news than they are to shield them from it.
Teens, Privacy & Online Social Networks
A new survey and a series of focus groups, conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, study teens’ online management of their personal information on social networking websites. The study suggests that internet life poses some potential risks for online teens, e.g. 32% (and 43% of social-networking teens) have been contacted by complete strangers.
Quick Cancer Vaccine Mandate Stirs Controversy
The new cervical cancer vaccine has ignited debate over teen sex, lobbying and the role of states in mandating vaccines as well as some medical concerns.
States Say No to Teen Tanning
Spurred by worries about skin cancer, Utah and Virginia have joined 25 other states in limiting underage access to bronzing beds
A Portrait of “Generation Next”
A new generation has come of age, shaped by an unprecedented revolution in technology and dramatic events both at home and abroad. They are Generation Next, the cohort of young adults who have grown up with personal computers, cell phones and the internet and are now taking their place in a world where the only constant is rapid change.
Social Networking Websites and Teens
In the past 5 years, social networking sites have rocketed from a niche activity in to a phenomenon that engages tens of millions of internet users.
Politics and the “DotNet” Generation
Not only is there evidence of a reawakening of young people to public life, but today’s youth are politically distinctive in many ways.
Are “Wired Seniors” Sitting Ducks?
Older internet users, even relative newcomers to the senior ranks, may be easy targets for viruses, spyware and the like. Younger internet users take more chances online, but they also take more precautions.