Whoo boy. And you worried about texting? Today’s teens are snapping nude pictures of themselves and sending them to friends via cell phone. Not so LOL. According to this Associated Press story:
“Passing notes in study hall or getting your best friend to ask a boy if he likes you or, you know, LIKES you, is so last century. Nowadays, teenagers are snapping naked pictures of themselves on their cell phones and sending them to their boyfriends and girlfriends.
Many of these pictures are falling into the wrong hands—or worse, everyone’s hands, via the Internet—and leading to criminal charges.”
Final exams are looming for college students … and soon, for high schoolers too. So here’s a Fab Five of exam survival tips from nutritionist Jana Klauer, author of “The Park Avenue Nutritionist’s Plan,” who says “all-nighters and a close personal relationship with the candy machine on your hall should not be a rite of passage for college students.”
1. Eat breakfast. Include protein and calcium at every meal and, says the good doctor, avoid high fats before a test. They can make you sleepy.
2. Stockpile healthy snacks: fresh and dried fruits – blueberries, apples, oranges, bananas; low fat cheeses; healthy yogurt (i.e., not sugar-laden); nuts; low-fat Fig Newtons; bottled water and seltzers.
3. Put down the books every few hours and go outside for a walk or run. Bring an exercise buddy and spend at least 15 minutes getting your heart rate up. Read the rest of this entry »
Okaaaaay, just a thought … but if you’re planning to break any laws or commit school-banned infractions, it’s probably best not to advertise it before the fact. A University of Buffalo basketball star was suspended last week after university officials discovered he’d posted a Facebook ad looking for someone to do his homework. Here ’tis:
“I am paying anybody who have read the book ‘there are no children here’ by Alex Kotlowitz $30-40 which in some classes you have to read at UB (even more money if you have to read the book a little more!!) to write a 3-4 page paper, on a couple questions which was assigned.”
OK, hiring someone to write your essay? Wrong. So very wrong. Inability to string together a grammatically correct sentence after three years of college? So very much wrong-er.
Coming to your grouchy neighbor’s home: a repellent for teens. Considered a literal gang buster, Compound Security Systems’ Mosquito is an ultrasonic device that emits a high-pitched noise that only teens and most people in their early 20s can hear. The Mosquito has become so popular in Britain that the company is looking to expand to the U.S.
The device works by creating a sound that some teens say is as painful to hear as nails on a chalkboard or a persistent buzzing in the ear. People older than 25 generally can’t hear it because they have lost the sensitive hair cells in their inner ears. The device is used to discourage unruly teens from loitering outside businesses. (To see how it works, check out ABC Nightline’s video clip here.) In response, teens have turned the technology into Mosquito ringtones for their cell phones, making it easy to sneak one by their parents and teachers.
So, is the ‘Mosquito’ a good idea? Take our poll and tell us what you think.
As college tuition reaches stratospheric heights, textbook costs are coming under increased scrutiny. Now, a thousand college professors have signed a petition promising to seek out free or lower cost book options, instead of the heavily hyped, uber-expensive versions pushed by publishers. The typical college student shells out $650-$900 a year on textbooks alone, and most profs have never considered using free online books instead, says Genki Hara, a UC Berkeley student who helped organize the petition drive. Interested? Read the rest of the story here.
In this morning’s Times, we look at video game and internet addiction, kids who get iCrazed and how to spot the warning signs before it turns unhealthy. Wii, iPhones and all the technological gadgetry our kids use today are powerful tools for connecting people 24/7 — and for parents who dive into this technology, it can be a wonderful way to connect with your tweens and teens too. But tech toys can also be tools of addiction. Read the story (there’s an accompanying piece on the toddler tech craze, and a column by Times games columnist Gieson Cacho about his own addiction to Everquest, and we’ve put the warning signs here on the blog after the jump), then click “comments” and weigh in with your thoughts. Do you worry about your kids’ overuse of video games or tech toys? Do you set limits for them? Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve got a teen nearing driving age, you know the feeling … the white knuckles, the cold sweats… and that’s just the parents. The kid’s a little freaked out too. But our favorite parenting expert, Rona Renner, and her now-grown son Matt were on “View from the Bay” the other day to share their wisdom and practical “driver training” survival tips.
Part of the parental angst and emotion, says Rona, is because “it’s a rite of passage. You’re letting go. You’re saying, ‘I trust you enough to go behind the wheel.'”
It’s a frightening process for teens too, says Matt, particularly when parents freak out mid-drive. Stay calm, he says, don’t yell, and go easy on the “fake brake.” Your kid sees you frantically stomping the carpet on the passenger side of the car and he’ll get panicky too. Read the rest of this entry »
Check out Frontline’s Growing Up Online, which aired on KQED Channel 9 Tuesday night and repeats several times this week (TV listings). Although the program slipped into the clichéd dangers of the internet at times, it had some interesting nuggets on how this generation is different.