AlwaysOn features an interview with Anastasia Goodstein, author of “Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens Are Really Doing Online.”
Teenagers are connected to each other, lots more information, and media 24/7. They need parents and adults to set limits on this use and act as guides as to whats credible as well as to help them be more media and marketing savvy. It means that there is a new way of communicating that adds an element of distance, the possibility of anonymity, and the reality of much of this communication is public or can easily be made public.
Teens put the social in social networking. Being a teen is all about individuating from your parents and spending more time with peers. We did this by hanging out in malls, parks and parking lots. Todays teens are much more scheduled and structured, and todays parents are more reluctant to let teens hang out unsupervised.