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May 22, 2015

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Teens 2012: Truth, Trends, and Myths About Teen Online Behavior

Wondering if your perceptions of teen online behavior are correct? Have boys really started texting more? Does it seem like most 13 year olds are already engaged in online social networking? Get the answers to these questions and more from this terrific Slideshare summary of “Truth, Trends, and Myths About Teen Online Behavior,” the latest teen-focused study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, sponsored by the Pew Research Center.

Along the way you’ll discover why it’s practically useless to use email when communicating with teens,  and—great news!—“two thirds of online teens age 17 (67%) say they decided not to post something online because they thought it may reflect badly on them in the future.” Perhaps we’re finally getting through to them about being good digital citizens…

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Dodie Ownes left the glamorous world of retrospective conversion and disco to jump on the library vendor train. Since then, she has been learning at the feet of the masters about all things library. Dodie lives in Golden, Colorado, where even the sign which arches the main street says "Howdy."

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