linked up: Tuesday’s readings

Today is starting off slow and I’m a little groggy. Plus everyone’s all flustered here in Austin since the meteorologists are forecasting snow today. So let’s keep it simple this Tuesday morning with some links.

First up Jessica Grose from XX (which is a part of Slate) has an article on MTV’s reality show, 16 and Pregnant. Grose discusses whether the show actually deters teenage girls from becoming pregnant – and at what cost to the (soon-to-be) teenage moms exploited on the show. You can watch full episodes and highlights of this show online at MTV’s site.

I first heard about this next news item last week on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and now Huffington Post has an article up. Apparently a suburban Philadelphia school loaned laptop computers to students, laptops that were equipped with webcams. According to several students and parents, school officials remotely turned on the webcams for some of the laptops and allegedly spied on students. School officials are arguing that they activated the webcams only in instances where the laptop was reported as stolen or missing. Students are reporting otherwise. Either way it’s pretty clear that neither students or parents were informed that the laptops were equipped with webcams that could be remotely activated. A big no no considering that many of the students used the laptops in the privacy of their bedrooms.

Racialicious links an article that focuses on how the recession is affecting working-class families, especially families that already rely on food stamps. Some families are having to resort to selling their food stamps in order to provide basic necessities (such as shoes) for their children.

Finally NPR has the latest news on a case in Delaware involving former pediatrician Earl Bradley who was indicted of 471 counts of sexual crimes against 103 children – many of them patients he saw from 1998 and on. Some are saying this could be the one of the worst child sex abuse cases in the history of the U.S.

I apologize for ending this post on such a grim note. Look for cheerier posts in the near future.

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~ by actyourage09 on February 23, 2010.

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