Georgia Teens Develop App to Document Police Abuse
- Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer. It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired. [more inside]
The Center for Investigative Reporting conducted a year-long investigation into the problem of teens held in solitary confinement and chronicles what it found in the short documentary “Alone
.” [more inside]
"Barely a week goes by
without some old white man castigating the yoof
of today on the shallowness/stupidity/etc. of their taste in music, art and culture in general. It’s a narrative as old as culture itself — adults throwing up their hands in despair because Kids These Days just don’t get it.
" But, contrarily, "there’s a subset of music criticism
these days that seems to view the taste and aesthetic of teens (and teenage girls, in particular) as weirdly sacred. It’s a sort of creepy offshoot of poptimism
, one that starts from an unrealistically monolithic view of teen culture
— not all teens like Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, after all — and is, in its own way, as deeply patronizing as claiming from on high that teens have no taste
." -- Flavorwire's Tom Hawking on Critical Assumptions about Teen Culture
Are your "friends" pushing illegal marijuana cigarettes? Don't let drugs get in the way of your dream car! Keep sober with these snappy comebacks to narcotics. [SLYT Australian PSA]
TEEN GIRL SQUAD! Cheerleader! So-and-So! What's Her Face! The Ugly One!
presents! Fondly recalling kindergarten
! Battling it out with the bands
! Coping with grievous tragedy
! In twenty-four great-smelling colors
! Off to camp
! Sitting on the babies
! Exempting those exams
! Attending Teen Girl Prom
! Meanwhile, Sci-Fi Greg, DnD Greg, Open Source Greg, and Japanese Culture Greg step into the
Apple Store robotic dragon's lair
Prom spending rising again, average of $1,139
The USA Today story is based on a recent VISA press release about prom spending
that comes out every year. The VISA press release breaks down how prom spending is highest among Northeastern families, with Northeasterners averaging $1,528 compared to Midwesterners paltry $722. It also shows a breakdown by income category with families earning less than $50,000 spending an average of $1,245 while those from higher earning families spend $1,129. [more inside]
While this has been mentioned recently
, it is quite worth remembering it was just 20 years ago, that LeAlan Jones
, and Lloyd Newman
taught the world an important lesson;
Ghetto Life 101
But please don't forget their equally stunning followup, Remorse
: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse.
From the mid 40s to the mid 50s Coronet Instructional Films
were always ready to provide social guidance for teenagers on subjects as diverse as dating
, preparing for being drafted
, and shyness
, as well as to children on following the law
, the value of quietness in school
, and appreciating our parents
. They also provided education on topics such as the connection between attitudes and health
, what kind of people live in America
, how to keep a job
, supervising women workers
, the nature of capitalism
, and the plantation System in Southern life
. Inside is an annotated collection of all 86 of the complete Coronet films in the Prelinger Archives
as well as a few more. Its not like you had work to do or anything right? [more inside]
How child molesters get away with it.
'Jerry Sandusky and the Mind of a Pedophile,' by Malcolm Gladwell. Some may find the descriptions within the article disturbing. Via.
Are you a teen girl tired of looking for advice in fluffy magazines? Perhaps you should Ask A Grown Man
! Watch Jon Hamm
, Paul Rudd
, Hannibal Buress
, and other gents dole out advice on love, sex, and who farts (spoiler alert: everyone).
In Anoka, Minnesota, nearly ten students have committed suicide in the past year and a half. Anoka
is part of the congressional district of Congresswoman Michele Bachman,
and it had a policy of neutrality with regards to GLBTQ discussions in its public schools that "The Rolling Stone" reports as having now been replaced. [more inside]
Teaching Good Sex
-- a profile of Philadelphia's Friends' Central School's
Sexuality and Society course and its teacher Al Vernacchio, by Laurie Abraham, author of the book "The Husbands and Wives Club." (Descriptions in the first link may be NSFW.) [more inside]
A girl and her room.
Photographer Rania Matar has taken dozens of pictures of teenage girls in their bedrooms, in both the US and the Middle East. (Slightly NSFW
's 18-year old son Henry
lost his battle with drug addiction in May 2010. Since his death, a scholarship fund to send teenagers to rehab
has been started in his honor, a short documentary on his life
has been posted online, and his mother is using her blog
to seek justice for those involved in his death. The Introduction
and Parts 1
of her quest have been posted, with more to come.
is a new, free community and platform for young people to share their fiction writing, "connect with other readers and discover new stories and authors. Users are invited to write novels, short stories and poems, collaborate
with other writers and give and receive feedback on the work posted on the site." (Via
About-Face aims to provide women and girls
with skills to critically examine
media messages that affect their positive self-image. Their website
is a one-stop shop for simple, direct, teen-friendly educational materials about female self-esteem and body image. [more inside]
Why are so many recent Young Adult novels set in nightmarish futuristic dystopias? Because they're just like high school. [more inside]
A teenage girl named Hope Witsell died
after being tormented for sending a nude photo of herself to a boy. [more inside]
In 2010, Obama will have a miserable year
, NATO may lose in Afghanistan
, the UK gets a regime change
, China needs to chill
, India's factories will overtake its farms
, Europe risks becoming an irrelevant museum
, the stimulus will need an exit strategy
, the G20 will see a challenge from the "G2"
, African football
will unite Korea
, conflict over natural resources will grow
, Sarkozy will be unloved and unrivalled
, the kids will come together to solve the world's problems (because their elders are unable)
, technology will grow ever more ubiquitous
, we'll all charge our phones via USB
, MBAs will be uncool
, the Space Shuttle will be put to rest
, and Somalia will be the worst country in the world
. And so the Tens
The Economist: The World in 2010
. [more inside]
The NHS in the UK has released a pamphlet called Pleasure
(pdf) to educate teens on the more enjoyable aspects of carnal relations. Some disagree
with this development.
Growing into Womanhood
-- In the images in White’s series, both figures are blossoming into womanhood, though each along a different path. [via
After four years researching for the documentary, Azam told "Good Morning America" that oral sex is as common as kissing for teens and that casual prostitution -- being paid at parties to strip, give sexual favors or have sex -- is far more commonplace than once believed.
For this generation of teens hugging [video | 02:35]
seems to be all the rage
at high schools around the U.S. “A measure of how rapidly the ritual is spreading is that some students complain of peer pressure to hug to fit in.” And in some schools hugging has banned. “Touching and physical contact is very dangerous territory,” said Noreen Hajinlian, the principal at a junior high school in Hillsdale, N.J., where hugging has been banned for two years.
Prescription for Disaster:
The dangers of teens using prescription pain killers and other doctor-prescribed drugs.
What Girls Want
- A series of vampire novels illuminates the complexities of female adolescent desire. (via) [more inside]
Joseph Szabo has been photographing his teenage students for the past twenty-five years, and has perfectly captured the ambivalence of that time of life. Samples from his books: Almost Grown
, Jones Beach
, and Rolling Stones Fans
"Some Florida teens believe drinking Mountain Dew or smoking marijuana will prevent pregnancy and that swallowing a capful of bleach will prevent HIV/AIDS."*
As a result, lawmakers are pushing "for an overhaul of sex education in the state. State lawmakers said the myths are spreading because of Florida's abstinence-only sex education
"On Tuesday, a bill that would 'require a more comprehensive approach' to sex education narrowly won approval from a state Senate committee."*
PBS Frontline explores Growing Up Online
. Here's what they learned.
PISA results are in. Finland
and Canada high five and make awkward polite bows and gestures towards The Far East. For education policy Programme for International Student Assessment is the
research about how 15-year old students are being educated. Briefings for UK
Results escape easy answers, but you might test your theory against interactive data tool
. [more inside]
"I just like to have the hottest of the hottest. Whatever's hot at the time"
In the spring of 2007, Lauren Greenfield conducted interviews with Los Angeles teenagers on the subject of money and how it affects their lives.
The link is a 15-minute selection of those interviews.
“We’re selling magazines to earn points in a contest to win a trip abroad,”
begins the standard spiel. At any given moment there are roughly 2,500 of these fresh-faced teens travelling across the USA hawking subscriptions for periodicals door to door. Welcome to the violent exploitative world
of the Magazine Crews.
How does your country measure up as a place to raise kids?
It turns out that growing up in the UK is a bleaker experience than in any other wealthy country.
UNICEF studied all the wealthiest nations (full report PDF here
), and the US and UK came in at the bottom on almost all indicators (material wellbeing, health and safety, education, family and peer relationships, behaviours and risks, and the subjective feelings of kids and teens themselves ). Doing best for kids were the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. It turns out that GDP and material wealth alone does not ensure healthier or happier or more well-educated kids--the Czech Republic scored very well despite being one of the poorest nations surveyed.
is "an interactive online visualization that attempts to depict a slice through the romantic lives of American teenagers. Using real postings extracted from millions of online blogs, visitors to the project can surf through tens of thousands of specific romantic relationships in which one person has "dumped" another." Launched yesterday at the Whitney
. Frenetic social data browser with voyeuristic blog-sniffer available here
73% of American Teens Experimenting with the Occult
Fundamentalist religious research group the Barna Group has published the results of a study with 4000 teens that shows that a third of American teenagers have used a Ouija board, 1 in 10 have been in a real seance and 1 in 12 have cast spells or made potions. Also here
I for one blame this guy
and this girl
Chances are, of all the things you've heard about masturbation, most of them were absolutely false.
For some reason, misinformation surrounds masturbation like virtually no other topic. Since JackinWorld's goal is to debunk misinformation, here are some of the myths commonly believed about masturbation — and the truth about each.
All you ever really wanted to know about something we all already know plenty about. NSFW.
WWASP stung by alleged victims, goverment and watchdog organizations.
The WorldWide Association of Specialty Schools
, a program that manages a series of domestic and overseas behavior modification schools for "troubled teens" is under intense scrutiny right now by a lawmaker in Calfornia who just filed legislation requesting more oversight
, officials in New York investigating various claims against their Ivy Ridge Academy (PDF
) & Utah looking into Majestic Ranch
, recently having an offer turned down
to purchase property for a school in Boonville, Missouri, and having to file a lawsuit against the International Survivors Action Committee
, a watchdog organization closely monitoring WWASP and its large network of
educational consultants, recruiting companies, transport services, real estate ventures, and lots of Limited Liability shell companies.
Eminem is Right If yesterday’s rock was the music of abandon, today’s is that of abandonment
Are you a gay teen in Utah? Do you want to attend a high school dance with a same-sex date? Better bring a note from your parents