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We asked some New York kids for their top tips on the digital life.

Ariana DiPreta

Ariana DiPreta, 15


"Listen to Pandora [a free music-recommendation service at]. You choose a song, artist or genre you like and it plays music that's similar. It's really good for discovering new artists.

"One time my mom couldn't figure out how to connect her laptop to the printer wirelessly, so I had to do that. I went to the computer's Help menu. Help really does help."

Marlon Smith Jr.

Marlon Smith Jr., 10


" has all the TV shows. On YouTube I learned how to skip through the commercials: Rate them with a thums-up or -down and they go away.

"The advantage of an iPhone over a BlackBerry is I can put it on speaker and play games while talking to my mother on it. You disable the sound on the game."

Kayla Conway

Kayla Conway, 15


"For grownups, Facebook is great because you can reconnect with friends from camp when you were 10. But it's really distracting, so watch out. I can think, 'I'll just check one thing,' and half an hour later I'm still on it."

Credits: Gregg Segal (Prop Stylist: Wendy Schelah; Hair and makup for Ariana DiPreta and Kayla Conway: Sylvia Dimaki/Halley Resources; Grooming for Marlon Smith Jr.: Victoria Jacknow)

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*This technology guide was written by George Blooston, Peter Brown, Ron Burley, Ty Burr, Tim Carman, Annie Gottlieb, John A. House, Sharon Kay, Dolly Setton, and Abby Stokes. Consulting editor, Peter Brown.

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