Sexting is, like, so not cool. Only one percent of kids age 10 to 17 have shared naked pics of themselves, according to new data released today in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers on the APA study disputed a commonly cited piece of data which said that one in five — or 20 percent — of kids ages 14 to 24 had sexted. But that definition of “sext” had included sexy text messages without photos, as well as photos “no more revealing than what someone might see at a beach,” according to the AP. This new study asked teens — and only teens — to be more explicit about the images that they send and receive. Clearly the past inclusion of twentysomethings in the survey pool skewed the results. In fact, the younger kids are, the less likely they are to sext.
Wait, you mean America was whipped up into a frenzy over a teen sex panic that turned out to be nothing? You don’t say! Keep reading »
Teen boys masturbate more than teen girls and start touching themselves at younger ages, according to a new study of 800 teens by National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior. You’re shocked, right? Keep reading »
I only got in serious trouble once when I was a teen — I was a well-behaved dork, what can I say? I had been stealing change from a bowl of coins my dad had been saving and, once discovered, he made me collect signatures for some sort of political petition in exchange for not telling my mom what a little thief I was. I got off the hook pretty easy, I have to say. But 16-year-old Kirstin Rausch’s dad is not as easygoing, though he is almost as creative. See, Kristin had her friends over at her house later than she was supposed to, so as punishment, her dad took out an ad — with her photo! — for 30 hours of free babysitting in the local newspaper. This seems way harsh to me, and if I were a parent, I don’t know that I would want some teen being forced to babysit my kids for no money. Anyway, the public shaming is really the bigger punishment, isn’t it? Did her dad force her to wear that terrible hair bow on national TV too? How did your parents punish you when you broke the rules as a teen? [CBS News
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Do you know what is terrible for teenagers to read about? Homosexuality. They might get ideas! It’s a good thing Glenn Beck’s group, The 9.12 Project, (as in, after 9/11) is on the case. The 9.12 Project has pressured a New Jersey public library into considering removing all copies of Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology, a young adult book about gay and lesbian teens, from the shelves. Keep reading »
Ah, teenagers. One day they’re drinking vodka through their eyeballs. The next day they’re sexting each other to death. Now, teen werewolves are marauding through a high school in San Antonio, Texas. They like to chill out near the mall under a full moon, hang fake “wolf” tails from their bottoms and rock freaky contacts and fake fangs, and have undoubtedly seen “Twilight” one too many times. “They’re good kids,” says one mom. I thought this was a pretty amusing report until I got to the part about the neighborhood dog that disappeared. Now, I’m scared. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Apparently, most of us are already past our prime, having missed the opportunity for great career success because we’re over the age of 18. Is it just us, or does it seem like every other day we’re hearing about some new wonder child scoring a record deal, publishing a book, becoming insta-famous as blog or YouTube stars, and now, fashion designers? Most recently, there was Cecilia Cassini, the 10-year-old who had a trunk show at Fred Segal. Straying far from the amateur, however, 17-year-old Rael Stone goes for the seriously conceptual with his collection of unisex metal crowns and edgy knits. The British teen certainly isn’t just going for pretty aesthetic pleasure here. “This collection came from countryside footpath murders, estate rape, bored unoccupied teenagers, and isolation in overgrown wisteria-ridden cottages,” he said. Estate rape?! OK, maybe there’s a reason why we decided to wait until after our teenage years to seek fame and glory.
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The typical Axe Body Spray man isn’t a man at all, apparently. The New York Times reports that more and more, it’s tweenagers and teens—boys who might not even have any underarm hair—who are buying the super manly fragrance products. Says one mother, whose children stock their bathroom with exfoliators, shaving creams, and body washes: “Every day they walk out the door in a cloud of spray-on macho.”
You might think to first blame a guy movement that’s increasingly accepting of metrosexual tendencies, but the teen obsession with brands like Axe isn’t so much about grooming and beauty as it is about finding tools to promote confidence. Much like teen girls might turn to push-up bras or sexier clothes to attract attention and mask insecurities, their male counterparts are finding the same in a spray can … Keep reading »
Jessica Watson, 16, is an Australian sailor who is attempting to set a world record by being the youngest person to ever sail around the world solo. The Queensland resident left Sydney on October 18. From there, she will travel from Australia to New Zealand, Fiji to Kiribati, Chile to South Africa, and then back home to Australia, crossing the Equator along the way. Her journey, if she can complete it, will last eight months and cover 23,000 nautical miles. Not everyone is impressed by the young woman’s moxie, deeming it “ignorant to attempt such a feat, at such a tender age and with so little trans-ocean experience.” Meanwhile, Watson is blogging her adventure. Bon voyage, Jessica! [Jessica Watson] Keep reading »