No one knows how to fix the problems online better than the kids and teens do. They know what's wrong and why others are getting into trouble. And most kids and teens want to do what's right and help others.
The issues we'll be tackling in Peers2Peers won't be easy ones.
Downloading music - Kids and teens are used to downloading music without having to pay for it. Changing that won't be easy. If we want to change things, we'll need to understand why kids and teens do it, other than to save money.
We've learned that sometimes kids and teens download music because their parents won't let them buy certain CDs from certain artists. Their parents don't know what they are downloading. Sometimes they download songs to see if they like them before buying them. They are also tired of paying high prices for CDs for the two songs they really want. Maybe they want to put their own mixes together...Until recently there weren't any sites that offered burning choices and had enough music to make it worthwhile.
And the fact that it's free and available 24/7 helps.
Yet, people are losing their jobs becasue of all the music being stolen online. The music industry has lost billions. There may not be a recording industry if this continues, and all the kids and teens who want to work in the recording industry may have to find new career dreams. And there is always the fact that kids are being sued and their parents have to pay thousands of dollars because you downloaded a few songs. Parent are now learning more about what their kids are doing online and are not happy about it. (Parents can read Talking to Your Children About Downloading Music, a free guide for parents, at WiredSafety.org.)
With the new sites offering more and more music choices and getting cheaper ($.99 per song in some cases) things are moving in the right direction. But most of the sites don't allow kids or teens under 18 to use them, even to buy music legally. (iTunes.com is the only exception we've found.)