August 19, 2011 |
For its 100th anniversary, the Oxford English Dictionary is proving it's still hip with the times by adding some tech-centric terms to its pages. Cyberbullying, sexting, retweet, textspeak and woot have joined the ranks as real words, along with some 400 new entries the OED has added to its 12th edition. "These additions are just carrying on the tradition of a dictionary that has always sought to be progressive and up to date," OED said in an online statement, describing itself as a word curator that had always "sought primarily to cover the language of its own time.
June 9, 2009
Re "Keeping an eye on 'sexting,' " Editorial, June 1 Your editorial caught my eye. I've never truly listened because I did not think the issue of sexting would affect me. After reading the article, I was wrong. It made me wonder: Are parents regulating cellphone use as much as they used to? I wasn't allowed to have a cellphone until I was able to drive, and then it was for emergencies only. Nowadays, there are 5- and 6-year-olds with more high-tech cellphones than most grown-ups.
July 3, 2012 |
It might not come as a surprise to any parent who has caught their teen-age child red-handed and red-faced while sending a sexually explicit text message, but a new study is suggesting that “sexting” is prevalent among adolescents. A report published online Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine suggests that the sending and receiving of sexual photos and messages via cellphone and computer, or sexting, is common among teens and may be linked to their sexual behaviors.
March 28, 2011 |
The social-media world is where many children and teens today spend much of their time. That means moms and dads have to develop a different parenting game plan than their own parents used, pediatricians said Monday. Social media aren't bad things, the report notes, allowing kids to make friends, raise money for a good cause, get help with homework, share interests and forge their unique identities. On the flip side, there are the risks of cyber-bullying, sexting, Internet addiction, depression and loss of sleep from spending too much time online.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2010 |
Four teenage boys in Yucaipa have been cited for posting nude and seminude pictures of their classmates on the Internet, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The case, which came to light Monday, involved eight girls ages 14 and 15 who attend Yucaipa High School's 9th Grade Campus. "The girls were taking photos of themselves and sending them to their friends," said sheriff's spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire.
October 1, 2011 |
It's still illegal for Florida teenagers to send sexually explicit photos, but they can now avoid severe penalties under a new state law that takes effect Saturday. Previously, a minor who sent or received an explicit photo could have been charged with a felony and been forced to register as a sex offender, said state Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, a Democrat, who wrote the bill. Under the new law, which passed in June, a first offense is noncriminal and is punishable by up to eight hours of community service or a $60 fine.