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How Young is Too Young for Cell Phones and Facebook?

A common question we receive from many parents is, “At what age should I give my child a cell phone or allow them to be […]

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Self-Discovery in the Digital Era

When I began teaching seven years ago, I felt compelled to provide a longwinded explanation about social networking to my high school journalism class. During […]

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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly … and the Internet

The topic of social media prompts tremendous anxiety among parents. When it comes to their children’s digital practices, parents are both afraid of and afraid […]

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More To Wellesley Commencement Speech Than 'You Are Not Special'

David McCullough Jr. isn’t sure why the commencement speech in which he told the Wellesley High School class of 2012, “You’re not special” went viral. […]

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More To Wellesley Commencement Speech Than 'You Are Not Special'

David McCullough Jr. isn’t sure why the commencement speech in which he told the Wellesley High School class of 2012, “You’re not special” went viral. […]

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More To Wellesley Commencement Speech Than 'You Are Not Special'

David McCullough Jr. isn’t sure why the commencement speech in which he told the Wellesley High School class of 2012, “You’re not special” went viral. […]

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Is Facebook the New Big Tobacco?

(Image by Josh Russell on Flickr.) According to yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Facebook is exploring ways to tap the under-13 set. Currently kept from legally […]

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Competition for College Admission is Ruining Childhood

Yesterday’s New York Times “Motherlode” blog featured an entry about getting girls into college. The blog was a reaction to a recent article on The […]

Kids and Social Media: The Official Worry/Don’t Worry Crib Sheet

Sexting Worry: Adolescent brains have undeveloped frontal lobes, the area responsible for reasoning and judgment. So yes, they will do stupid things with their cell […]

Kids and Social Media: The Official Worry/Don't Worry Crib Sheet

Sexting Worry: Adolescent brains have undeveloped frontal lobes, the area responsible for reasoning and judgment. So yes, they will do stupid things with their cell […]

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Synthetic Marijuana Hysteria Hits Massachusetts

(Photo by Torben Hansen on Flickr.) It’s spring. That means if your kids aren’t rifling through your medicine cabinet or slamming Purell hand sanitizer, they’re […]

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Change.org Petition Seeks to End Shock Therapy for Kids

(Image by Urban Woodswaller on Flickr.) The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton is the only place in the country where kids with severe behavioral problems […]

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Bake Sale Ban Misses the Point

These cupcakes only look sweet and innocent. (Photo by Jupiterimages / Banana Stock / Thinkstock.) The elementary school bake sale: Is there anything more wholesome, […]

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The Mommy Wars and Math

(Photo via iStockphoto.) In the midst of last week’s mommy war kerfuffle, I found myself longing to dive head-first into the lush confines of an […]

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What Franco Garcia Can Teach Us

Yesterday the body of Franco Garcia was pulled from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, ending a nearly two-month search and hope against hope that the Boston […]