Spotty Youths

Bizarre ‘Pregnancy Text’ Campaign Turns Kids’ Phones Into Screaming Babies

Baby-sitters' club. (Photo: Getty)

Teens these days! They are so into their smartphones, they don’t even hang out at malls or school dances anymore.

One would think their Snapchat addiction would preclude them from having actual procreative sex, too. But apparently, this isn’t the case. So in its ongoing efforts to reduce teen pregnancy, DoSomething.org is hitting teens where they live: on their phones. Read More

Teen Beat

Teen Pushes Apple to Change Its ‘Insulting’ Dictionary Definition of the Word ‘Gay’

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If you were to look up 15-year-old Becca Gorman’s face when she saw how the word “gay” was defined on Apple’s online dictionary, it would be dismayed.

The Massachusetts teenager, who is the daughter of two gay parents, was outraged that the one of the meanings listed on her MacBook Pro laptop included the words “foolish (or) stupid.” The example sentence: “making students wait for the light is kind of a gay rule.” Alarmed and “insulted” that it looked like Apple was legitimizing the slang version of the word, she contacted the computer company to change it. Read More

Spotty Youths

Colleges Now Stalking Applicants’ Social Media Profiles to Gauge How Terrible They Are

How else do you expect to find friends like this?

Hey high school seniors, are you stressed enough? College admissions officers sure don’t think so. The New York Times is spreading the word that in addition to scouring your grades, test scores and every move since kindergarten, your dream school’s nosy sentries are probably stalking you on Twitter right this minute.

The Times‘s story starts with an anecdote about a young lady who didn’t get into Bowdoin after she live tweeted an information session, mocking the other attendees all the while. Unbelievably, she used her real name and Bowdoin’s name in the tweets. “It was incredibly unusual and foolish of her to do that,” the school’s dean of admissions, Scott A. Meiklejohn, told the Times. Read More

It's a Zuck Zuck Zuck Zuck World

Here’s One Theory for Why Facebook Has Lost Some Younger Teens’ Eyeballs

Everything he ever said, ever. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Today on Facebook’s quarterly earnings call, the company admitted for the first time that it might be having the slightest bit of trouble with the younger cohort.

Business Insider reports that on the call, CFO David Ebersam gave investors a little heads up: “Our best announcement on youth usage [is that] among U.S. teens was stable overall from Q2 to Q3 but we did see a decrease in daily users partly among younger teens,” he said, adding that it’s “of questionable  significance,” but “we wanted to share this with you now because we get a lot of questions about teens.” Read More

Teen Beat

Doctors Say Teens Shouldn’t Have Phones in Their Bedrooms (But Then How Will They Sext?)

Besties. (Photo: Getty)

A group of doctors are adding to their field’s centuries-long tradition of party pooping by recommending that parents impose stricter limits on kids’ time with laptops, smartphones and tablets.

Sure, unrestricted media use has been linked to “violence, cyberbullying, school woes, obesity, lack of sleep and a host of other problems,” the Associated Press reports. But surely being able to send unlimited text messages to all your snot-nosed friends is worth it? Read More

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NYC Parents Use Uber to Deliver Their Precious Angels to Fencing Practice

Besties. (Photo: Getty)

Kids these days do enough extracurricular activities to make even adults with full-time jobs feel like lazy sacks of disappointment. You may wonder how the hell the city’s teens make it from “gymnastics on the pier” to “fencing practice” to Oliver and Sebastian’s joint quinceanera. Well, the New York Times can tell you: their moms are booking cars through Uber for them.

Guy Parkin is a blase 13-year-old with a busy schedule. “It’s a lot more reliable than a taxi,” he tells the Times. “I have to get around. I also have this Princeton Review thing that’s all the way up on Madison Avenue.” Ugh, tell us about it. Read More