Among parents, teachers and other adults, there is widespread distress about the dangers faced by young people on the Internet. We hear that a crackdown on digital social networking might be exactly the wrong solution, especially from the kids' point of view. Also, the EU imposes sanctions as the death toll rises in Kiev, and the swine flu is back — not a return to the pandemic of 2009, but bad enough to cause deaths, even among children and middle-aged adults.
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"As a matter of urgency," the foreign ministers of the European Union have imposed sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, on Ukranian officials thought "responsible for violence and excessive force." Russia is sending an emissary to Kiev. In the city itself, 70 people have been killed today, bringing this week's death toll to almost 100. Andrew Kramer is there for the New York Times.
A generation of teens lives more in the virtual world than the real one and adult anxiety is producing calls for a crackdown on social networking sites. But Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram are now the places where kids can do what kids always do: hang out with their peers. They may give up their privacy, submit to commercial exploitation and become vulnerable to cyber-bullying, but researchers say that's not the whole story. We hear from one who's embedded herself with teenagers and reports on how the world looks from their point of view.
The H1N1 flu virus caused a global pandemic in 2009. Now it's back, not like it was then, but worse than last year and bad enough to cause a dramatic rise in deaths among children, young adults and middle aged people. State health officials around the country report a dramatic rise in flu deaths this year — with six weeks to go in the flu season. That's according to the Washington Post in a story by Ariana Eujung Cha.