Fluoride Linked to Worse Kidney Function in Teens, but Don’t Flip Out

There are few things that can set off the paranoid-minded faster than talking about fluoride in the drinking water. But a new study out Thursday cautiously suggests that even low levels of fluoride in teens could be linked to changes in their kidney and liver function. It’s still unclear whether these changes are actually affecting teens’ health, though – or even if fluoride is really the main culprit. Read More >>

Dystopian Company Wants Parents to Tag ‘Problem Teens’ With Ankle Bracelet Monitors

It’s hardly a novel concept for parents to spy on their kids, but a new device is troubling for just how big, ugly, and shitty it is: an ankle monitoring service that tracks troublesome teens. Read More >>

The Rebirth of Vine Just Isn’t Going to Happen, Is It?

On Friday, Dan Hoffman, a co-founder of the defunct six-second video app, announced via Twitter that v2, his Vine sequel, is now indefinitely on hold. Hoffman said his vision of a small passion project was engulfed by too much attention, and that he would need a larger team and potential investors (?!) to see it through properly. Read More >>

Report: Joe Russo Gave the Infinity War Answers You’ve Been Waiting for… to a Bunch of Teens

Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo stopped by Iowa City High School this week to surprise a group of unsuspecting teenagers with a lengthy chat about his most recent film and all of the burning questions that everyone still has after seeing it. Russo was surprisingly forthright with the audience, and while he couldn’t answer all of their questions about the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s future, he dropped quite a number of meaty revelations that cast Infinity War in a new light. Read More >>

Teen App May Try to Dethrone HQ Trivia, the video app popular with teenagers, was acquired in November by Chinese news aggregation giant TouTiao for a whopping sum in the ballpark of $800 million (£563 million). What does TouTiao plan to do with its expensive purchase? According to a planning document provided to Gizmodo, one of’s initiatives under new management may be a riff on HQ Trivia, codenamed Project F. Read More >>

Study: Being a Teen Sucks Now

Today’s kids are better behaved than ever. They’re having less sex (and more safely when they do), committing less crime, and doing fewer drugs. But research has also started to show they might be unhappier than previous generations of youths. A new study published today in Emotion adds more support to a leading theory on why that’s the case: The rise of social media and smartphones in kids’ hands. Read More >>

Maker of Tide Pods: It’s Not Our Fault That Teens Are Stupid

Why are teens eating Tide pods? Or, at least, pretending to eat them in videos that they’re posting online? We have some theories. But the company that makes the brightly coloured laundry pods would like you to know that, whatever the reason, it’s not their fault. Read More >>

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 >>