This AT&T-sponsored PDF/brochure helps parents get “in the know” about texting.
The author, Dr Ruth Peters, is a clinical psychologist and frequent Redbook contributor.
The guide contains a helpful but brief guide to text language, and a cheery list of reasons why parents might wish to text their teens and tweeners. To a researcher studying intergeneration relationships, however, it is an interesting example of the near-apologetic attitude of the self-consciously uncool Boomer struggling to, quote, “look hipper.” One example:” Text messaging drops off by more than half in the “parental” age range of 30 – 49 and even more in the next age category, to which many parents belong.” Dr. Peters is afraid to say “older,” preferring the euphemism “next category.”
The Kids of Christopher Street
By STEVEN KURUTZ
The pier itself has been transformed in recent years, and the changes have heightened tensions between residents and the pier kids. Once a crumbling and desolate area that gay men and teenagers claimed for themselves and fashioned into a sort of West Side Casbah, the pier has become a buzzing, crowded part of Hudson River Park.