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Parents who are comfortable with their teenager on social networking sites

Folks, I want to talk with parents – mothers or fathers – who feel basically comfortable with their teenager(s) being on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace, etc.  There are lots of parents who feel pretty passionately about watching over their teenagers in one way or another – by “friending” them, keeping their […]

Negotiating about social media

Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, blogs, blogs, and more blogs – so much online space, so many questions! I am delighted to announce that I will be moderating a panel called Negotiating The Parent/Teen Divide Over Social Networking at SXSW Interactive 2010. I’m very excited about this panel as an opportunity for parents and teenagers to speak […]

The seductive allure of the music…

Tonight I am preparing for a class tomorrow morning on gender.  I start all my college classes with a song that is relevant to the topic, and my dear partner and I were playing around with music for tomorrow, including The Kink’s Lola, Vitamin C’s Girls Against Boys, Beyonce’s If I Were a Boy, and […]

Sexting: What now?

So here’s my overview from last Thursday and Friday‘s conversation on sexting: Yes, it can be problematic, as can almost any form of communication. Texting is (currently) a ubiquitous communication method, and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon, so as parents, teachers, and caring adults, we have to make our peace with […]

Sexting, oh sexting.

I’ve been asked a number of times in recent months what I think about sexting. So finally: my long-awaited response! There’s two different kinds of “sexting” that need to be addressed, and the issues are so substantially different that they need two separate conversations. So today I’m going to address text-only texts, e-mails, and other […]

Scare tactics and sensationalism don’t work

The problem is that almost everything worth talking about – certainly anything related to sex and sexuality – is probably nuanced.  Scare tactics are black and white.  So too much of the conversation is left out, and the wrong impression can be easily taken away. The most recent version of this conversation is about a […]

A write-up on my SXSW presentation

Austin 360 wrote a piece on my SXSW presentation called Sex Ed Online: How Teens Self Savvy.  It’s a great synopsis of the hour-long conversation. The gist: From terminology to kissing techniques, kids use Google as a sexual resource. It’s their Dr. Ruth. “In some ways, kids are much more naive about sex,” says Rayne, […]

Interesting blog

I ran across this blog the other day, and I think it’s worth sharing: The Virtual Mystery Tour: How the Internet impacts teen sexuality for better or for worse.  It’s written by Dr. Kris Gowen, author of Sexual Decisions: The Ultimate Teen Guide and Image and Identity.  (I haven’t read either of these books, so […]