We all remember the amazing judgment that came with being a teen. Sure, why not follow up those five shots of Captain with a giant bong rip? Nothing bad will come of hooking up with this terrible 23-year-old pill addict! And hey, Ugg boots with denim mini skirts? Chic.
Just kidding, the only thing worse than a teenager’s judgment is her acne. That, presumably, is why New Jersey state Senator Shirley Turner has introduced a bill that would allow minors to force websites to remove the content they themselves created and posted. Unfortunately, it seems to be just as useless as that California law that purports to do the same thing. Read More
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
In a story line that not even Pretty Little Liars could script, teenagers in San Diego are in serious trouble for their involvement in a sexting ring. NBC San Diego reports that dozens of high school students are being investigated by the police for sharing explicit photos, and it could lead to criminal charges. Read More
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
Judging by all the terrible stories we hear from teenagers on a daily basis, we can’t count our blessings long enough that social media wasn’t around when we were that age. Now the state of California wants to hop into a time machine and return to 2004, making it easier for teens to wipe potentially damaging messages off the Internet. Read More
If Snapchat is trying to downplay the stigma that it’s purely used by raucous teens for sexting, then this is certainly not going to help. A North Dakota newspaper reports that a 15-year-old boy was beaten with a baseball bat by another boy of the same age after he discovered that his 13-year-old sister Read More