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Date:4/16/2010

est media so popular with teens is that they are actually just using it to maintain social bonds and keep in touch, just as with any other form of communication."

Jeffrey Hall, an assistant professor in the department of communication studies at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, concurred.

"Parents and others are often very afraid of their children doing things online that will be negative or detrimental," he noted. "But this really points to the growing use of computer media to do things that are relatively mundane -- to seek social support, build friendships, share social experiences and communicate with people that you already like."

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There's more on keeping kids safe online at the American Academy of Pediatrics.



SOURCES: Dawn Anderson-Butcher, Ph.D., associate professor, college of social work, Ohio State, Columbus, and licensed independent social worker; Jeffrey Hall, Ph.D., assistant professor, department of communication studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence; Sam Gosling, Ph.D., professor, department of psychology, University of Texas, Austin; Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, online


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