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Safe Teens - Net & Cells

How to disable location on your mobile device
California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office has published an information sheet titled Location, Location, Location: Tips on Controlling Mobile Tracking. The key advice in that sheet, how to disable mobile tracking on Android and iOS (iPhone and iPad) devices, is reposted below.  The tip sheet also includes location sharing advice for mobile versions of Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook email. Also see ConnectSafely’s A Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones. Android Phones and Devices: Go to Settings, then Permissions, then Location and turn it off. When an app asks for access to your location, you can choose to grant it or not. To disable geo-tagging of photos, open the camera and then click on the gear icon and set location to “No.” You may have to click the gear icon on several screen layers. You can also choose how accurate you want your location reporting to be (with Location services On). High accuracy mode uses GPS, WiFi, and cellular networks and provides the highest location accuracy and speed, and uses more battery. Battery saving mode uses WiFi and cellular networks to estimate your location, which require less battery. You give up some accuracy and some speed when you select this mode. Device only mode uses [...] Continue reading

Media Literacy Week and the U.S. election process
— Click above to listen to Larry Magid’s conversation with Michelle Ciulla Lipkin of the National Association for Media Literacy Education by Larry Magid The United States is about to celebrate its first Media Literacy Week (@MediaLiteracyEd) as Canadians have done for the past decade. While the week is not directly related to the U.S. elections, it does coincide with the early stages of both parties’ primary campaigns, which strikes me as a great time to think about media literacy. Very few of us will have a chance to meet any of the candidates face-to-face so what we know about their records, their platforms and their promises comes from the debates, the sound bites we see, hear and read and the analysis of pundits, spin doctors, commentators and reporters. The United States inaugural Media Literacy Week takes place as both the Democrats and Republicans start the process of figuring out who will represent them in the general election in November, 2016. But next year’s Media Literacy Week will take place the week before every U.S. citizen aged 18 or older can go to the polls and exercise that precious right to help make that important decision. Sadly, not everything we hear from the candidates or their supporters and detractors [...] Continue reading

Teen Health and Wellness

Suicides in Young Teen Girls Rise Sharply
Over the past 15 years, suicide rates have increased slightly among Americans. However, suicides in girls age 10 to 14 have tripled in that time. Health experts are not sure why. It is possible young teens are not receiving treatment for depression when they need it. Girls are going through puberty earlier than ever, and some experts believe that is also a factor. Puberty is associated with the onset of certain psychiatric disorders, including depression and anxiety.

Understanding Teens' Views on Gender and Sexuality
According to a survey of hundreds of teens, today’s 13- to 20-year-olds think about gender and sexuality differently than older generations. About half of teens identified as exclusively heterosexual in the survey, compared to two-thirds of people ages 21 to 34. More than a third of teens identified as being somewhere between “completely straight” and “completely homosexual.” Half of teens know someone who goes by gender-neutral pronouns, and 70 percent want gender-neutral bathrooms in public places. Many teens say they gravitate toward gender-neutral clothing, with only 44 percent saying they always buy clothes designed for their own gender.

Government Will Regulate E-Cigarettes and Hookahs
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that all tobacco products—including e-cigarettes, cigars, nicotine gels, hookah tobacco, and pipe tobacco—will soon be regulated just like regular cigarettes. These products will now be banned for anyone under age 18, their ingredients will be regulated, and their outer packaging must carry health warnings. While teens have been shunning cigarettes, e-cigarette and flavored tobacco use are way up among young people.

Does Legal Marijuana Increase Teen Access to the Drug?
Health experts feared that legalizing marijuana would make it easier for teens to acquire the drug. But a new study has found that teens in Washington State do not find it any easier to get marijuana today than they did in 2012, when the state made it legal for adults age 21 and older to possess small amounts of the drug. However, as pot’s availability has remained steady, teens report that availability of most other drugs has dropped.