Alumni push for change in classrooms and newsrooms

Just before Christmas, I got to visit with three alums of ThreeSixty – two still in college, one in her first professional job.

Marketing is not on our teens’ minds, but should it be?

A struggle ThreeSixty continues to fight on a daily basis is creating a market for our product in the vast online world.


Sex by text

“Bow Wow,” a 16-year-old boy from New Prague, has between 20 and 30 pictures of semi-nude to naked teenage girls on his cell phone. Those photos are called sexts, or sexting, and came from both friends who forwarded the pictures to him by cell phone and from girls who sent him the pictures themselves.

MySpace vs. Facebook

Social networking sites have become more than just something fun to do in one’s spare time, but a necessity for teens everywhere. Two of these sites stand out in particular: MySpace and Facebook. These two sites, and the differences between them, have become a hot topic at among teenagers. The ultimate question is: Which one is more popular, MySpace or Facebook?

Some college admissions checking Facebook

College Application? Check. ACT score? Check. College essay? Check. Recommendations? Check. Facebook page? Check?

It’s college application time and as seniors put their final touches on their applications, a new report is showing that they may have one more thing to worry about – their social networking pages.

Just say "No" to "narcing" yourself out on social networks

Posting a photo of yourself holding a giant bag of Marijuana on Facebook and writing “Me and my friend Mary Jane” under it is asking for trouble.

In a speech to about 65 students at the University of St. Thomas in November, C.L. Lindsay, an attorney who runs a non-profit dealing with legal problems that often occur on campuses, warned students to think before they post.

“Assume anything you put online will stay there forever,” he said, so don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your mom, employers or professors to see.

Facebook redesign protested

This past July the popular social networking Web site Facebook launched a redesign of its site that caused an uproar among users; some even threatened to leave Facebook because of the changes. Cassie Peterson, a junior at Farmington and daily user of Facebook said: “I don’t like the new layout of the profiles now because they are too complex. I also dislike the main page because it is too busy.”
Although some of these anti-redesign groups had more than a million members, their numbers are just a fraction of Facebook’s total membership. According to a survey conducted by Google at the beginning of the year, 150,000 new people are joining Facebook every day. Also, Facebook reported recently that it now has 100 million members.

Researchers disagree on impact of not calling cell phones when polling

Many people have speculated that polls about the upcoming presidential election are inaccurate because they are not calling cell phones. According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds live in households that only use a cell phone, as well as 34.5 percent of 25- to 29-year-olds.

New machines keep vote private for blind citizens

In the past, blind voters have relied on others to fill out their ballots.

Keeping your information safe online

As more people join online social networking sites, the challenge of maintaining some privacy for information posted to Facebook, MySpace and other sites has increased dramatically.

More people are coming to realize that the information they post about themselves and others is by no means private. Earlier this year, students at Eden Prairie and Woodbury High Schools learned this when online photos of students drinking were given to the school’s administration.

There are ways to limit who can access your private information on Facebook or MySpace, however

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