These kids may be avoiding human contact, but maybe they're making contact with other teenagers. :-) >>> Dave Tisdell <[log in to unmask]> 1/11/2008 8:43 AM >>> Sounds like some young people are moving in the direction of the characters from Solaria which Isaac Asimov created in his robot novels; they avoided human contact at all costs. Scary isn't it? David Tisdell. Music Teacher Browns River Middle School 20 River Road Jericho, VT 05465 [log in to unmask] (e-mail) This e-mail may contain information protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If this e-mail contains student information and you are not entitled to access such information under FERPA, please notify the sender. Federal regulations require that you destroy this e-mail without reviewing it and you may not forward it to anyone. >>> Steve Cavrak <[log in to unmask]> 1/11/2008 8:16 AM >>> Cellphone obsession leads Japanese children to 'scary world' By Miwa Suzuki Agence France-Presse First Posted 11:51am (Mla time) 01/11/2008 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/infotech/view_article.php? article_id=111697 TOKYO--Young Japanese people are evolving a new lifestyle for the 21st century based on the cellphones that few are now able to live without. While about one-third of Japanese primary school students aged 7-12 years old use cellphones, by the time they get to high school that figure has shot up to 96 percent, according to a government survey released last month. They are using their phones to read books, listen to music, chat with friends and surf the Internet -- an average of 124 minutes a day for high school girls and 92 minutes for boys. While the wired world they now inhabit holds enormous advantages for learning and communicating, it also brings a downside, say experts who point to a rise in cyberbullying and a growing inability among teenagers to deal with other people face to face.