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A News Round-Up, and a Thank You

Monday, September 10th, 2012

First and foremost, big thanks to Erin O’Donnell for the terrific job she did guest-blogging while I was in blissful away-land these past 2 weeks.  I enjoyed visiting PNN as a reader, and I certainly learned a lot from what I read.

It was an eventful two weeks in the world of parenting news.  Stories ranged from the controversial new recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics concerning circumcision to the births of celebrity babies toreality TV stars Snooki and Giuliana and Bill Rancic.

We were alerted to new warnings as well, including the dangers of colored laundry detergent gel-packs and the deceptiveness of products that claim to teach babies to read.

Perhaps the most interesting and intriguing story, though, was about the parents of twin newborns who were making their first airplane flight with babes in tow.  The parents passed out candy to all the other passengers on the plane, apologizing in advance for any crying or disruption their babies might cause, and offered earplugs to anyone who was bothered.  The debate that ensued was fascinating!

So again, thank you Erin for such smart coverage of such a wide spectrum of parenting news stories.

Oh, and thank YOU, readers, for taking the Parents News Now Facebook page to a thrilling milestone – we’ve surpassed the 1,000-follower mark!  If you don’t follow us yet, “like” PNN on Facebook by clicking here.

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Study Explores Downsides of Teens and Social Media

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Though nine out of ten teenagers use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites and report it has more of a positive than negative role in their lives, Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives, a new report from Common Sense Media’s Program for the Study of Children and Media, has found that many teens still prefer talking to interacting digitally – and many describe their relationships with social media as an “addiction.”

According to the report, teens’ favorite way to communicate with their friends is by talking in person (49%), with texting next (33%) and social media a distant third (7%). Teens who prefer talking face-to-face say it’s because it’s more fun (38%), and they can better understand what people mean (29%). The telephone, a mainstay of teenage life just a generation ago, is virtually dead: Only 4% of teens prefer to talk on the phone.

“Today’s 13- to 17-year-olds are the first generation to go through their entire teen years with such an array of digital devices and platforms,” said James P. Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media in a statement. “This report reads as a primer for parents to teens and tweens — to help them understand how their kids are engaging with technology and to highlight any impact it might be having on their social and emotional well-being.”

Image: Teen girl texting, via Shutterstock

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Facebook Apologizes to Mother for Photo Removal

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The social networking site Facebook has reportedly apologized to a Tennessee mother who had allegedly been banned from the site after she posted photos of her infant son, who died from severe birth defect.  Memphis’ ABC News station reports:

Heather Walker’s son, Grayson James, died just eight hours after his birth. She posted the pictures to help with the grieving process. But then, “I couldn’t post anything on my page, I couldn’t like anything, I couldn’t share anything,” she said.

Then came this: “Dear Mrs. Walker, We do apologize for the removal of this content and the subsequent warning,” Walker read.

It’s not everyday a billion dollar company makes amends for its transgressions. But that’s exactly what Facebook did after deleting controversial pictures of a dying newborn baby and censoring his mother’s account.


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Facebook Bans Mother for Posting Photos of Baby with Birth Defects

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

A Tennessee mother has reportedly been banned from Facebook after she posted photos of her baby, who was born with rare neural tube birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull.  WMC-TV, a Tennessee news station, reports on Grayson James Walker, who was born in February of this year and died just 8 hours after being born:

Heather Walker recently posted pictures of Grayson without his hat on.

“Not long after, Facebook deleted them because of the content” she said.  “They allow people to post almost nude pictures of themselves, profanity, and so many other things but I’m not allowed to share a picture of God’s beautiful creation.”

Walker and her Facebook friends decided to re-post baby Grayon’s photos in protest, and the mother is now on a 24-hour ban from the social networking website.

Click here for an update to this story: Facebook Apologizes to Mother for Photo Removal

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Lawsuit Raises Debate Over Kids’ Facebook Password Sharing

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

A lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Minnesota has sparked a debate over whether schools can demand to know a child’s Facebook password to investigate allegations of bullying or inappropriate language. reports on the case, which involves a 12-year-old middle school girl who has not been named in the lawsuit:

According to the ACLU’s version of events, the girl had moved and entered a new school as a 6th-grade student in the fall of 2010. In early 2011, she felt targeted by a school monitor and posted an update to her friends-only Facebook wall saying she “hated” the monitor because “she was mean to me,” using her own computer and while off campus.

Soon after, she was called into the principal’s office — he had obtained a screen shot of the post — and given detention.

The student subsequently posted another update to her page related to the incident: “I want to know who the f%$# told on me,” the complaint says. Again, she was called to the principal’s office, and this time was suspended for “insubordination” and banned from a class ski trip.

In March, the student had a second run-in with school authorities.  The parent of another student had complained that the girl was talking about sex with that student.  The 12-year-old was called out of class by a school counselor and eventually brought into a room with several school officials and the sheriff’s deputy, where the password demands began.

The ACLU claims that the school never asked the girl’s parents for permission to examine her private Facebook space. The school district doesn’t dispute that it obtained the girl’s password, but does say it had parental permission.

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