Girl knocks ‘Elf on the Shelf’ onto the floor, calls 911

Posted by on December 24th, 2015

A 7-year-old New Jersey girl panicked after she touched her Elf on the Shelf and called 911 for help. In the popular holiday book, the elf loses its magic if it is touched or moved. So, after Isabelle LaPeruta accidentally knocked her family’s elf from its perch, she worried her actions might not sit well […]

Protecting Adults from Stalkers

Posted by on December 14th, 2012

Senator Al Franken has introduced the Location Privacy Protection Act (S. 1223), which would ban spyware that sneaks onto your cell phone and tells someone else your GPS location or other sensitive information. Such apps are being marketed to employers who want to spy on their employees, to people who want to spy on their […]

Death Penalty For Rebellious Children? Arkansas Republican Charlie Fuqua Endorses It

Posted by on October 9th, 2012

Charlie Fuqua, a Republican candidate for the state House in Arkansas, who faced harsh criticism last week for calling for the expulsion of Muslims from the U.S., is back under the microscope for appearing to support the death penalty for “rebellious children.” Fuqua’s call for disrespectful children to be “permanently removed from society” in his […]

Mother’s Day – Youth Rights Edition

Posted by on May 13th, 2012

As you’ll find out everywhere, today is Mother’s Day. Over the years, I’ve made it no secret that I personally dislike Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, that they seem to be based on blind parental reverence and appreciation, often painting them as without exception selfless saints serving their unappreciative children. And any suggestion that such […]

Abusive Parents Going Viral

Posted by on February 11th, 2012

So, by now, we’ve all heard about that horrible man who made a video shooting his daughter’s laptop because… he was upset over something she said about him on Facebook. Something he only even knew about because he hacked into her account somehow, apparently. Perhaps even more disturbing than the idea this even happened is […]

‘Executing’ your teen’s laptop might feel good, but it’s a bad idea, experts say

Posted by on February 11th, 2012

February 10, 2012 – MSNBC –…..xperts-say Parents angry about Facebook use now have their poster child. He’s a dad wielding a .45 pistol, who posted a YouTube video showing him firing bullets through his daughter’s laptop computer as an act of discipline. The shooter, who identifies himself as Tommy Jordan from North Carolina, has […]

How Was School Today? Fine.

Posted by on October 20th, 2011

The Camera Isn’t Mine

Posted by on September 1st, 2011

Last Christmas, I got my mother a digital camera. She was so excited! A few days earlier, I’d gone to Best Buy, picked one out, paid for it, went home, wrapped it, and placed it under the tree Christmas morning. So when one looks at who paid, you might say the camera belongs to me, […]

Tracy Morgan, the Concept of Parental Ownership of Children, and the Intersection of Youth and LGBT Rights – Kathleen Nicole O’Neal

Posted by on June 15th, 2011

Recently, comedian Tracy Morgan has been receiving a lot of attention for a homophobic rant that took place during a live performance in Nashville, Tennessee. During this rant, audience members claim that Morgan stated that if he found out his son was gay he would stab him to death. Since this incident, a variety of […]

Delay of Self

Posted by on June 2nd, 2011

We talk a lot about how a great deal of anti-youth sentiment comes from the idea that those under 18 aren’t so much people as they are humanoid extensions of their parents. It’s boggling to think about just how deeply this affects a young person, how damaging this really is. Guidance counselors and the like […]

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.