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Alabama Teen Receives Death Threats For Posting Smiley Selfie At Auschwitz

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Selfies strike again.

Breanna Mitchell, 18, of Roanake, Alabama, graduated from high school this year. In June, she celebrated this milestone by traveling to Europe with her grandmother and visiting Poland. Like many teens, Breanna documented her trip on social media. Sounds like a great story so far, right? The ugh moment is that Breanna snapped a smiling selfie at Auschwitz, posing in front of nondescript buildings with the caption “Selfie in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp” and a grinning emoticon. Keep reading »

The Great Diary Project Is Preserving Hundreds Of Years’ Worth Of Angsty Teenagers’ Thoughts

The Great Diary Project Is Preserving Hundreds Of Years’ Worth Of Angsty Teenagers’ Thoughts

Did you keep a diary as a teenager? Does the thought of reading it now make you want to cringe with embarrassment or would you jump at the change to gain some perspective on the course of your life so far?

Dr. Irving Finkel of London, a self-proclaimed diary rescuer, has it made it his personal mission to preserve, archive and exhibit as many long lost diaries as possible. By day, Finkel works at the British Museum, but in his off hours, he’s slowly amassing a museum of his own with his Great Diary Project and receives regular donations of families’ old journals. His reasoning, he says, is that:

Diaries are among our most precious items of heritage. People in all walks of life have confided and often still confide their thoughts and experiences to the written page, and the result is a unique record of what happens to an individual over months, or even years, as seen through their eyes. No other kind of document offers such a wealth of information about daily life and the ups and downs of human existence. The Project’s idea is to collect as many diaries as possible from now on for long-term preservation. In the future these diaries will be a precious indication of what life, in our own time, was really like…All human life, in fact, is there, packed into small pages where every entry – for the future historian – is accurately dated.

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It’s Time To Cry: Teen Takes His Great-Grandma To Prom

No Pants At Prom
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Teen girl kicked out of North Carolina prom for wearing red pants. Read More »
Banned!
Teens Who Have Been Banned For Ridiculous Reasons Map
It's hard out there for a teen. Read More »
Obama's Prom
President Obama at prom
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I want to think 19-year-old Austin Dennison, a church-going Eagle Scout who plays football, baseball, and basketball and performs in the school band, is a little goody-two-shoes. But I just can’t, because Austin is adorable. He called up his great-grandma “DD” — Delores Dennison — and asked her to be his prom date. Delores is 89 years old, a widower and suffers from heart trouble. She never attended her prom back in the 1930s, because she didn’t have enough money. So her great-grandson in Rockford, Ohio, called her up and invited her to be his senior prom date at Parkway High School. Keep reading »

Study: Teen Girls Fantasize About Sex As Much As Teen Boys

Teen Boys On Flirting
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Adolescent boys think sexual aggression is flirting, apparently? Read More »
Twerking Ban
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Maryland high school bans everything at a school dance. Read More »
Fantasies Gone Wrong
12 fantasies that you shouldn't try in real life. Read More »
Leggings, Yoga Pants Banned From Middle School Because They Are "Too Distracting For Boys"
  • According to a small study of 800 Swedish teens, boys and girls fantasize about sex the same amount! The Journal Of Developmental And Behavioral Pediatrics study also found that teen boys were more likely to have watched porn (not too surprising) but that teen girls who watched porn were most likely to have had sex. [Nerve]
  • Senate Republicans blocked an equal pay bill, because what else is new? [New York Times]
  • Brandies University in Massachusetts has changed its mind about issuing an honorary degree to the women’s rights activists Aayan Hirsi Ali. Ali, the author of Infidel, is a vocal critic of Islam, particularly for some of its practitioners’ more extreme treatment of women. In a statement, Brandeis said that Ali’s views are “inconsistent with [our] core values.” [New York Times] Keep reading »

An Open Letter To The Young Women Gossiping On The Subway

An Open Letter To The Young Women Gossiping On The Subway
How To Talk To Teen Girls
Anyone can be a mentor. Here's how! Read More »

Dear Young Women On My Subway Car Yesterday,

I remember high school, a small world in which everyone feels like a character in an epic drama.  A place where peers pass judgement and share hearsay as entertainment. Where few consider the appropriateness or repercussions of their conversations. Yesterday, the two of you stood in a New York City subway car and gossiped loudly about a classmate, making the entire subway car uncomfortable, especially as the story was about a teenage girl having sex in a public place. You laughed at her confusion about a possible pregnancy even though a condom was used. You proceeded to tell the intimate details of what she and her partner had done. I won’t share those details because my intention is not to shame the subject of your conversation. And besides, I have no right. Keep reading »

Study: Being Popular Doesn’t Make Teens More Immune To Bullying

Small Town High Schools
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Ugly People Bullied
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Study: unattractive workers are more likely to be bullied at work. Read More »
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Read our letters to our younger selves and then write one yourself! Read More »

Sorry, teenagers, but new study of high schoolers has found that becoming more popular can actually increase the risk of being bullied. Researchers from Pennsylvanita State University and The University of California, Davis teamed up and interviewed 4,200 North Carolina high school students about their social lives. The team used the interviews to create something of a social map of the school and where each kid stood among their peers. They followed changes within the school’s social structure over the course of the year.According to professor Bob Faris, “The climb up can be painful. As kids get closer [to the top], they become more involved in social combat.” Students were asked to name which classmates had picked on them and admit who they had bullied themselves. (How on earth they convinced high schoolers to be up front with such sensitive secrets, I have no idea.) Keep reading »

Can Teenagers Predict The Future Of Technology?

Can Teenagers Predict The Future Of Technology?

Much to the eye-rolling chagrin of teens, it seems that most people have a tendency to overlook their youthful opinions. After all, they spend their days doodling on notebooks in study hall, don’t they? What could they possibly know about the “real world” or how to shape it?

As it turns out, a whole lot.

According to The Atlantic, teenagers actually have a pretty solid business sense, especially in the realm of social media. Their favorite social networking patterns are an indicator of tomorrow’s Next Big Thing. Writer Derek Thompson puts it best when he says “from Facebook to Snapchat, what appear to be dumb toys for teens wind up billion-dollar industries.” Keep reading »

Single? #LookADouche Is Here To Tell You To “Shut Up” To Be Dateable

Yesterday at a Richardson High School assembly in Texas, students got some … interesting … relationship advice.  Motivational speaker Justin Lookadoo — now appropriately deemed #LookADouche by the students — shared questionable “tips” such as telling students that “dateable girls know how to shut up.”

I’m sure that went over wonderfully with fragile 14-year-olds’ self-esteem. Keep reading »

Vermont High School Cancels The Rest Of This Year’s School Dances Because Kids Were Grinding

Stowe High School in Stowe, Vermont, canceled its remaining three school dances this year to punish students for grinding at past dances. The three dances that got the kibosh included a Halloween dance, which was cancelled just days before it was supposed to happen. Prom, fortunately, has not been cancelled. However, Principal Jeff Maher told WCAX news said the school intends to hold conversations with students throughout the year about appropriate behavior at all school dances. “I don’t blame our kids, I really don’t,” Principal Maher said. “I think that they reflect the coarse, vulgar, popular culture that they inhabit.” I’m going to say something farty and old here, but I actually don’t think these actions are terrible. Extreme, maybe, but it will get the students’ attention for those (surely awkward) conversations about social boundaries. This is just a different way of approaching the problem than confronting every single kid who twerks or grinds at the dance itself. It’s anyone’s guess whether it will be successful, though.  They always could have made the students’ sign “no twerking” dance contracts instead. [WCAX via HyperVocal]

Teen Girl Commits Suicide After Her Parents Wouldn’t Let Her Log Onto Facebook

teen girl commits suicide because she can't log into facebook

Teenagers are known for having … shall we say, dramatic … reactions to things they don’t like. But this story is beyond tragic: a 17-year-old girl in India committed suicide after her parents would not let her log onto Facebook. The college sophomore’s parents chided her for spending too much time online and talking on the phone with her friends (both of which are basically what being a teen girl is all about) and “paying less attention to her studies,” according to the Wall Street Journal. After the argument, the daughter went into her bedroom and hung herself. Her parents are understandably shocked. Keep reading »

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