One of the ironies of the situation is that sports reveal what is possible. American kids’ performance on the field shows just how well they can do when expectations are high and they put their minds to it. It’s too bad that their test scores show the same thing.

Have Sports Teams Brought Down America’s Schools? : The New Yorker

Hyper-parents can make college aged children depressed-study

Turbo-charged parents still running their university-aged children’s schedules, laundry and vacations could be doing more harm than good with a study on Wednesday showing these students were more likely to be depressed and dissatisfied with life.

Researcher Holly Schiffrin from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia found so-called helicopter parenting negatively affected college students by undermining their need to feel autonomous and competent.

Her study found students with over-controlling parents were more likely to be depressed and less satisfied with their lives while the number of hyper-parents was increasing with economic fears fuelling concerns over youngsters’ chances of success.

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Study finds that increased parental support for college results in lower grades

Much discussion about higher education assumes that the children of wealthy parents have all the advantages, and they certainly have many. But a new study reveals an area where they may be at a disadvantage. The study found that the more money (in total and as a share of total college costs) that parents provide for higher education, the lower the grades their children earn.

The findings — particularly grouped with other work by the researcher who made them — suggest that the students least likely to excel are those who receive essentially blank checks for college expenses.

» via Inside Higher Ed

Mom? Dad? Help! Most Young Adults Get Handouts

If it seemed like those grown children just won’t go away, it’s because they don’t. About two-thirds of adults age 19 to 22 spend at least part of the year in their parents home, and more than 60 percent get financial help from their parents, to the tune of $7,500 a year on average, a new study finds.

The funds went to tuition, rent, and transportation, among other expenditures.

» via Live Science

The upside to not saving for your child's college education

New research from the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University finds that kids whose parents are footing the entire college bill, including tuition, books, housing and recreation money, were most likely to be partying and possibly floundering.

 “Parents who pay for everything — including their children’s recreation and fun money — they have children who are more heavily into drinking, drug use, marijuana use,” said Laura Padilla-Walker, associate professor of at BYU’s School of Family Life.

Padilla-Walker’s research also found that the kids whose parents were paying for everything had less of a sense of what they wanted to do in the future than those who were getting little or no help from Mom and Dad. Not surprisingly, they also were less likely to be working while going to school.

» via MSNBC

Kids have 'adult' tech skills; parents don't know it

According to AVG, the average 11-year-old child has “adult skills when it comes to technology.” In other words, they can perform any task that an adult can when it comes to surfing the Web, getting a gadget to work, or solving complex computer issues.

"Technologically speaking, today’s kids can walk the walk," AVG Chief Executive J.R. Smith said in a statement.

» via CNET

The FTC is currently reviewing COPPA and there is a lot debate, including from some who think it should be liberalized and others who want its protections extended to all teens under 18. But one thing is for sure: millions of children are lying about their age to get around COPPA-related rules. In 2010, I reported on a study commissioned by McAfee that found that 37 percent of 10-to-12-year olds are on Facebook. And this past May, Consumer Reports reported that “of the 20 million minors who actively used Facebook in the past year, 7.5 million were younger than 13” and more than 5 million were younger than 10. It’s not just happening in the United States. Even though COPPA is a U.S. law, most companies apply the restrictions globally. The EU Kids Online study from the London School of Economics found that, across Europe, 31 percent of 10-year-olds, 44 percent of 11-year-olds, and 55 percent of 12-year-olds said they used a social network site. Australia’s Daily Telegraph quotes Facebook adviser and former FTC commissioner, Mozelle Thompson, that “Facebook removes 20,000 people a day, people who are underage.”

Survey: Many parents help kids lie to get on Facebook | Safe and Secure - CNET News

The Latest Crime Wave—Sending Your Child to a Better School

In case you needed further proof of the American education system’s failings, especially in poor and minority communities, consider the latest crime to spread across the country: educational theft. That’s the charge that has landed several parents, such as Ohio’s Kelley Williams-Bolar, in jail this year.

An African-American mother of two, Ms. Williams-Bolar last year used her father’s address to enroll her two daughters in a better public school outside of their neighborhood. After spending nine days behind bars charged with grand theft, the single mother was convicted of two felony counts. Not only did this stain her spotless record, but it threatened her ability to earn the teacher’s license she had been working on.

» via The Wall Street Journal (Subscription may be required for some content)

Affluent parents won’t foot entire college bill, survey finds

About half of Americans with assets of more than $250,000 say they won’t pay the entire tab for their children’s college education, according to Bank of America.

About 47 percent of those surveyed in the Merrill Lynch Affluent Insights Survey released yesterday said they didn’t or won’t pay the full cost of higher education. Limiting access to the bank of mom and dad will help teach their kids financial responsibility, 29 percent of respondents said.

Tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year institutions averaged $7,605 for the 2010-2011 school year, according to the College Board, a New York-based nonprofit. At private nonprofit four-year colleges and universities, costs averaged $27,293.

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More parents lenient about young Web use: poll

Despite age restrictions on some social media sites, the number of parents who would allow children 10-12 years old to have a Facebook or MySpace account has doubled in a year, a new survey showed.

Seventeen percent of parents questioned in the poll said they had no problem with a pre-teen child using a social media site, compared to just eight percent a year ago.

» via Yahoo! News