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This Week in the Social Networks: Japan, St. Patrickís Day and Rebecca Who?
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Teens have had a lot to talk about on the social network this week. If you thought your teen had intense mood swings before, the events from this week have caused a mixture of emotions from sadness and fear followed by excitement and confusion all within a few days of one another.

First, the tragic earthquake in Japan has caused many teens to tweet their regrets and concerns for the current suffering of those affected. The massive, 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck last week causing nearly 3,700 counted deaths with 8,000 people still missing. The event left 434,000 Japanese citizens homeless and currently seeking refuge in shelters. Teens have been deeply affected by this awful tragedy and have posted videos, pictures and articles of the events on their Facebooks, with the note that they are praying for its citizens. Teens in California and Hawaii have been directly affected by the events because they caused a threat of tsunamis that left many in a state of panic. Teens are frequently updating their Facebooks with the latest news on the tragedy, including the recent complications with nuclear plants in the country.

Though many teens are caught up in the Japan tragedy, the NCAA Basketball Tournaments offer a pleasant distraction for everyoneĖ including the President himself. The Menís Tournament is scheduled to kicked-off on Thursday, March 17th. Teen sports fanatics have been tweeting on their Twitter what their own tournament bracket predictions with a majority tending to favor Ohio State winning the championship. However, Obama had a slightly different prediction, announcing recently that he believes the Kansas University Jayhawks will take home the title.

Teens this week were also excitedly preparing for the Saint Patrickís Day Holiday on the 17th and the festivities planned for this weekend. Chances are, your teen daughter has already used the occasion as an excuse to beg you for that adorable green top at the mall that sheís been eying for weeks. Many communities are planning fun, family-friendly activities this weekend as well, such as parades, live Irish music performances, Irish dancing shows and plenty of food and games for everyone. This would be the perfect time for you to bribe your teen with that new top if she spends some time with the family at one of these events.

On YouTube this week, the new music video for the song "Friday" by 13-year-old pop music artist Rebecca Black has gone viral with over nine and a half million views in the last six days. Rebecca Black seems to be a good candidate for the girl version of Justin Bieber. However, the video has many people wondering "Wait, is this a joke?" The song may be filled with vapid and insipid lyrics (with one verse repeating just the words "partying" and "fun" over and over), but itís definitely catchy. Anyway, if itís caused this much of a stir, someone must have been doing something right.

This week has certainly been eventful, but itís sure to calm down soon now that teens are back in school again after a long Spring Break. This means more family dinners at home and after reading this article, you should all have plenty to talk about.

Linda Bertrand enjoys spending her time writing and publishing various topics like parenting, teen influencers, children and divorce, online security, social networking, online privacy, sexting and other related parenting topics. You can read more of her work and other contributors at

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