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Expert: Don’t Stalk Your Kids Online

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

February 10, 2012

Harvard researcher and New York University Prof. danah boyd, is in Australia to lecture on teens' online privacy. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that boyd is a proponent of allowing teens to explore the Internet without parental supervision, saying, ''The kind of public life we see online has never existed before," and "Children's ability to roam has been destroyed...Being a successful adult in society requires social skills. And we desperately need to give youth space to learn them.'' Parents and educators should focus on educating and communicating, says boyd. ''The way forward is to have open conversations, to really have a dialogue of trust."
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