While the dangers of children using online networks are well documented, some believe that social networking tools may help children learn communication and technical skills that will serve them throughout their lives. NPR reports that studies have shown many children are using social networks, and the American Academy of Pediatrics released a report in April stating that much of children's "social and emotional development is occurring while on the Internet and on cellphones. Parents need to understand these technologies so they can...comfortably parent in that world." Meanwhile, doctors are facing a challenge in deciding when notifying parents of children's medical conditions--especially those relating to sexual or mental health--breaches patient privacy.
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