A new report was released last week that zeroed in on online social interaction among youth between the ages of 8 and 12. The “Tween Internet Safety Survey” found that at least half lie about their age online (in keeping with our own findings from discussions with kids around the nation). They also found that approximately half of those 11- and 12-year-olds have their own cell phones. This number seems a bit high to me, but the research was conducted among children with “online access” – and so that population may have more access to technology (and wealth) than a completely random group of kids. Finally, there seems to be some sort of a divide between 8-10 and 11-12, in that the latter group participates significantly more online with personal email, instant messaging, texting, and sending multimedia over their cell phones. Many parents are deciding to allow increased computer- and cell-phone use when their children venture into middle school and the data reflects this. With more kids embracing technology in elementary school, though, similar findings in the future will trend in that direction. This has positives and negatives. Our hope is that parents educate their kids before providing the technology, and that teachers and administrators proactively fill in the gaps.