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Cell Phones (see also Driving)

What bugs Millennials about their generation? Part 2

Dear Readers: If there's one word to define this generation, it's "distracted." Smart phones, video games, on-line porn, surround-media blasting messages mostly making bad stuff look good. Magicians rely on distraction to perform…

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Holiday shopping guide: The “straight talk” on what young people want & need

Dear Readers: It's time again for our direct-from-the-source teen & twenty shopping list! As usual, please resist buying stupid stuff just because other kids have it. Definition of stupid stuff: video games, "smart" phones,…

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When is it okay for parents to snoop?

Dear Straight Talk: Our two teenage daughters give us few problems. However, their phone accounts are in our names and we routinely check their messages without their knowledge. Our youngest, age 16, has a male friend from a good family…

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Is Facebook use slacking off?

Dear Straight Talk: A middle school teacher friend of mine says he’s noticed his students are less interested in Facebook. My 16- and 19-year-old are constantly on Facebook, which drives me crazy, as a father, because I feel it distracts…

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Boyfriend wants girlfriend to send him nude photos

Dear Straight Talk: My boyfriend and I are separated this summer for almost a month. He wants me to send him nude pictures of myself over our phones. I trust him to keep them private, but I'm nervous. What do I tell him when he keeps…

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Girl rides with friend who texts and drives

Dear Straight Talk: A friend won’t stop texting when she drives and it makes me nervous. She is the only friend I have with a car and I can't get around without her. How can I get her to stop without alienating her? "Rose,"…

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Son won’t go to sleep before midnight

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I have an ordinary question compared to the topics you cover. How do you get a teenager (age 16) to go to sleep before midnight — so that he wakes up in the morning acting like a human being? (I’m afraid…

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Young people lament downside of digital age

DEAR READERS: What bugs you most about the world? How would you make the world better? Every winter, I pose these questions to the panel. This year, technology took a bruising. Real relationships, thinking deeply, embracing boredom, and…

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Panelists support uniform cell phone policy for schools

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: Dear Straight Talk: I teach high school civics. I’m interested in a solution to the problem of cell phone distractions in high school classrooms. Everyone knows…

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Nude photo goes viral

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I don’t like my stepsister and have to share a room with her when she stays with us. I was so mad at her I secretly took a picture of her when she was naked. It…

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