Impoverished Black Teens Talk About Depression Differently

Depression is an equal opportunity malady. It affects people from all walks of life, be they rich or poor, young or old, or black or white. But it’s apparent there are some groups who more vulnerable to depression than others, such as those living in poverty or who regularly face discrimination. A recent study, published in the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, suggests that different groups of people also talk about depression differently. In particular, poorer black kids discuss their feelings of depression differently than other demographic groups. Read More >>

The Kids Are Boning Less 

Kids these days just aren’t that into each other, according to a new report released last week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, based on nationally representative survey data of children living in 29 US states, found that the “proportion of high school students nationwide who had ever had sexual intercourse decreased significantly during 2005–2015 overall.” Read More >>

This Revolting Poster Could Increase Teen Smoking Risk, If Teens Are to Be Believed

A recent study, in which American teens shopped in a pretend convenience store, found that gruesome anti-smoking ads might actually encourage kids to buy cigarettes, since they make smoking seem more edgy. But don’t take this finding at face value yet, as some other outlets have, because history has shown that teenagers like to mess with scientists. Read More >>

Facebook Handed Over Data on ‘Insecure’ and ‘Overwhelmed’ Teenagers to Advertisers

Facebook probably knows more about you than your own family, and the company often uses these type of insights to help sell you products. The best—or worst!—new example of this comes from the newspaper The Australian, which says it got its hands on some leaked internal Facebook documents. Read More >>

New Study Finds Teenage Rebellion Can Be Harnessed For Good

Teenage rebellion has consistently been one of the greatest threats to civilised society since we started living past the age of 40. Teens have a penchant for getting into trouble, whether it be eating Doritos in lieu of a balanced meal, sexting, smoking that sweet ganja, driving bad, perpetrating DDoS attacks, talking to their mothers with that mouth, or live streaming their sex-having. Read More >>

Israeli Teens Arrested In Connection With ‘Majority’ of Recent DDoS Attacks

Two Israeli eighteen-year-olds have been arrested in connection with an FBI investigation into vDOS, a cyberattack service that has been credited with perpetrating “a majority” of the DDoS attacks over the last few years. Read More >>

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Teens Explain the Horrors of Sexting

Sending nudes isn’t a new phenomenon—the advent of camera phones took care of that—but for teens these days, a bevy of social media platforms make sexual exploration on the internet that much more thrilling, and that much more dangerous. Read More >>

Some Antidepressants Might Actually Be Harmful to Children and Teens

A discouraging new study concludes that most antidepressants are ineffective for children and adolescents, and may even be harmful in some cases. But the researchers caution that the low quantity and quality of clinical trials are obscuring the true effects of these drugs. Read More >>

Pope Francis to Teens: Get Off Your Phones

During a three-day long celebration of the most blessed group of people on Earth—teens, obviously—Pope Francis dispensed some advice that was very much not lit. Read More >>

Snapchat is Finally a Good App for, Uh, Chatting

Snapchat announced a huge new set of updates today that will probably delight a lot of teens (and confuse everyone else). The overhaul includes what the company is calling Chat 2.0—a glorified messaging service that makes it easy to send photos, videos, GIFs, stickers, and more. It also includes new feature called Auto-Advance and an update to the terms of service and privacy policy. Read More >>

I Just Watched My First Pewdiepie Video and Now I Feel Old and Irrelevant

Against my better judgment, I surrendered my credit card information to YouTube today so that I could watch the first episode of the first YouTube Red [the premium paid-for YouTube offering currently still confined to the US] original series. It stars Pewdiepie, a Swedish man who’s become very rich and famous by playing video games on YouTube. Until today, I’d never watched one his videos. Read More >>

Did You Succeed in Summoning Charlie, the Web’s Newest Urban Legend Demon?

Teens have settled upon a new meme, and it’s an alliterative, culturally inaccurate demon-summoning ritual. Over two million people used the hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge on Twitter over the past few days. Read More >>

Newcastle’s #Distracted Campaign Wants to Save Teens From Being Run Over While Texting

If you're one of the young folk in Newcastle at risk of being turned into paint by oncoming cars because you can't put your smartphone down for five seconds, the recently launched #distracted campaign has your back. Or at least it's attempting to. Read More >>

Cool Teens Prefer “Unicorn Puke” Flavoured E-Cigs

With the e-cigarettes industry’s recent boom, it’s no surprise that vaping is also exploding in popularity among teens. Newly released data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that teen use of e-cigarettes in the States tripled to 13.4 per cent from 2013 to 2014, overtaking traditional cigarettes. Is this a good thing? A bad thing? Let us DISCUSS. Read More >>