Serious Mental Stress and Teens

Serious mental stress has become a fact of life for many U.S. teens. According to a recently released Pew Research Center survey on teens ages 13 to 17, one of the largest problems facing teens is anxiety and depression. Currently, seven out of ten teens say anxiety and depression are…

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Global Recognition for Teen’s Environmental Innovations

Braden Milford, a high school senior from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was recently selected as a Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader. Milford, who created a water purification system for a school project, is now receiving global recognition and interest after creating and using a simulated stream to show how it would…

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Major U.S. Retailers Tighten Rules on Gun Sales to Teens

Gun control is a complicated issue in the United States. It’s illegal to sell firearms to anyone under the age of 18 or to anyone who has a criminal record, mental disability, or dishonorable military discharge. However, none of these restrictions are foolproof in preventing gun violence. Last week, several…

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Vaping Isn’t the “Healthier” Choice for Teens

You may have heard that vaping is a less harmful alternative to smoking, and it might seem more appealing than cigarettes. But while e-cigarettes can help adults who want to quit smoking, they can have the opposite effect on teens and young adults. Recent studies suggest that young people who…

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Does “13 Reasons Why” Send a Dangerous Message to Teens?

The YA novel Thirteen Reasons Why was adapted for Netflix and it’s getting mixed reviews from mental health experts. The story follows Hannah Baker, a high school student who commits suicide and leaves cassette tapes for the people she holds responsible for her death. Many experts say the show doesn’t…

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Teen’s Death Linked to Caffeine-Induced Heart Failure

Sixteen-year-old David Allen Cripe collapsed at school after drinking a McDonald’s latte, a large diet Mountain Dew, and an energy drink in just under two hours. He was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead two hours later. Cripe didn’t have a diagnosed heart condition and had no family history…

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Teens Invent a Straw that Detects Date Rape Drugs in Drinks

Three high school students won first place in the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge with their invention: a “Smart Straw” that can detect roofies, GHB, and Ketamine (three drugs that are commonly associated with sexual assault). The straw turns blue to show if your drink has been tampered with. The…

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Teens Connect with Young Syrians Affected by War

Canadian teens are taking part in a new digital project that connects them with young people caught up in the ongoing civil war in Syria. Called A Tale of Two Cities, the project allows Canadian and Syrian teens to bond as they speak through translators. The project is intended to…

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Time Magazine Releases List of Influential Teens

Time Magazine has published a list honoring game-changing teens from around the world. It includes Olympic athletes, activists, and young scientists and entrepreneurs. Some teens that made the cut are: • Gavin Grimm, 17, a transgender rights activist • Kiara Nirghin, 16, who invented a way to help crops survive…

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