Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Knock and the Door Shall be Opened...

Adults often lament that teens do not listen. Empirical evidence suggests otherwise.
In a study conducted by Megan A. Moreno, MD, MSEd, low income teens with sex, drug, or alcohol references on their MySpace page were sent the following email:

"You seemed to be quite open about sexual issues or other behaviors such as drinking or smoking. Are you sure that's a good idea? ... You might consider revising your page to better protect your privacy."

Over 40% of those receiving the email increased their privacy settings and/or reduced their references to the aforementioned inappropriate behaviors.

To access the full article from the archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, click here.

In a connected world, it is now more important than ever to point out the dangers, as well as, the benefits of social networking. Talk and they will listen.

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