We are heading to Istanbul and other areas in Western Turkey this summer with our teenage boys. We are concerned with the recent media reports in Istanbul.
There has been a recent discussion on this topic on the 'To the East' board. See: http://www.ricksteves.com/graffiti/helpline/index.cfm/rurl/topic/105396/istanbul-safe-taksim.html
Looks like if you stay out of Istanbul it would be calmer. Turkey is very dependent on tourist dollars so they will protect them.