From driverless cars to delivery drones, a new generation of robots is about to revolutionize the way people work, drive and shop. But there is one area where robots are already entrenched and spreading fast: the industrial sector, especially manufacturing and storage.

Robots have long toiled alongside workers in factories and warehouses, where they load boxes with items ordered online, drill and weld car parts, or move food from one conveyor belt to the next.

Now many experts worry about the dangers that robots pose to the humans who work alongside them.

(Source: futurescope)

Fast facts: Teens and and the internet/technology

As of July 2011:

  • Fully 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are online.
  • 77% of teens have a cell phone.
  • 23% of teens have a smartphone; 54% have a regular cell phone (or are not sure what kind of phone they have), and another 23% of teens do not have a cell phone at all.
  • 74% own a desktop or laptop computer.
  • Texting dominates teens’ general communication choices. Overall, 75% of all teens text, and 63% say that they use text to communicate with others every day.
  • The volume of texting among teens has risen from a median 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 texts for the typical teen text user.
  • 80% of online teens use social network sites such as Facebook or MySpace, and 16% use Twitter. 
  • 69% of social media-using teens say their experience is that peers are mostly kind to each other in social network spaces. Another 20% say their peers are mostly unkind, while 11% volunteered that “it depends.”
  • 8% of social media-using teens have witnessed other people be mean or cruel on social network sites.
  • 44% of online teens admit to lying about their age at one time or another so they could access a website or sign up for an online account.

Read more

by danah boyd, Eszter Hargittai, Jason Schultz, and John Palfrey, First Monday.

You can read the full article at the link above, or read danah’s blog post summarizing the results at the Digital Media and Learning Blog.

What we’re reading: A new report on awareness, attitudes, and use of online parental controls from the Family Online Safety Institute
Among the main findings:
Parents generally feel their children are safe online, but confidence declines the older the child and the more time he or she spends online.
When it comes to various online activities, parents express the most concern about their children viewing sexually explicit content online—70% say they are very/somewhat concerned. Other top concerns include communicating with a stranger online (61%) and visiting Web sites with inappropriate content (61%).
Fully 96% of parents surveyed say they have had a conversation with their child about what to do and not to do online.
Top concerns about children’s online safety relate to personal safety online, and significant concern also is expressed about spam and their child spending too much time online.
53% of parents say they have used parental control technologies to assist them in monitoring their child’s Internet usage.
Read more at FOSI.org
The research consisted of a nationwide telephone survey among 702 parents of children ages eight to 17 who access the Internet, and was conducted by Hart Research Associates. Interviewing was conducted from July 8 to 16, 2011, with a margin of error of ±3.7 percentage points.
(Click here for a full version of the above infographic - PDF)

What we’re reading: A new report on awareness, attitudes, and use of online parental controls from the Family Online Safety Institute

Among the main findings:

  • Parents generally feel their children are safe online, but confidence declines the older the child and the more time he or she spends online.
  • When it comes to various online activities, parents express the most concern about their children viewing sexually explicit content online—70% say they are very/somewhat concerned. Other top concerns include communicating with a stranger online (61%) and visiting Web sites with inappropriate content (61%).
  • Fully 96% of parents surveyed say they have had a conversation with their child about what to do and not to do online.
  • Top concerns about children’s online safety relate to personal safety online, and significant concern also is expressed about spam and their child spending too much time online.
  • 53% of parents say they have used parental control technologies to assist them in monitoring their child’s Internet usage.

Read more at FOSI.org

The research consisted of a nationwide telephone survey among 702 parents of children ages eight to 17 who access the Internet, and was conducted by Hart Research Associates. Interviewing was conducted from July 8 to 16, 2011, with a margin of error of ±3.7 percentage points.

(Click here for a full version of the above infographic - PDF)

Further Reading
Report: Teens and Distracted Driving (2009)
Report: Adults and Cell Phone Distractions (2010)

Further Reading

"[My dad] drives like he’s drunk. His phone is just like sitting right in front of his face, and he puts his knees on the bottom of the steering wheel and tries to text."

9th/10th grade boy, talking about his father’s driving habits.
Read the full report: Teens and Distracted Driving (2009) — see also Adults and Cell Phone Distractions (2010)