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danah boyd on why teens and social media are ‘complicated’
This post first appeared on CNET News.com When it comes to understanding how teens use social media, there’s perhaps no one more clued in than Danah Boyd, except maybe teens themselves. An ethnographer with a Ph.D. in information from the … Continue reading →
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In defense of Internet safety education
There has been some discussion lately over whether there is still a need for Internet safety education. I say yes. It’s true, as some argue, that safety messages from the 90′s are way out-of-date. We no longer need to dwell … Continue reading →
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Teen Health and Wellness
Bringing Eating Disorders Out of the Shadows
For teens, eating disorders are often a hidden problem. Many suffer silently, without seeking treatment. Many family members and friends do not recognize the signs of disordered eating. Experts are now warning of the dangers of orthorexia, an eating disorder that can be hidden as “healthy” eating. Teens with orthorexia might become fixated on the quality or purity of their food. They might develop rigid rules and refuse to eat wheat, sugar, gluten, or dairy. When a diet spirals out of control, it can be a sign of disordered eating. All eating disorders put teens at risk for health complications.
New Survey Shows Teen Stress Is Off the Charts
According to new research from the American Psychological Association (APA), teens are feeling the pressure, with higher stress levels than adults. A whopping 83 percent of teens cite school as a major source of stress. Many surveyed teens believed stress did not affect their health. However, teens often reported feeling the effects of stress, from anxiety to fatigue. A third of teens said stress caused them to feel depressed. From unhealthy eating to lack of sleep and exercise, the APA says stress often goes hand in hand with unhealthy behaviors. Luckily, teens have many strategies at their disposal for overcoming stress.
Facebook Adds New Options for Transgender Users
Last week, Facebook began allowing users to customize their gender identity in user profiles. The change allows transgender users to avoid being tagged as “male” or “female.” Instead, they can choose from dozens of new labels, including “trans male,” “trans female,” “gender questioning,” and more. Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison commented, “There’s going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world.” An estimated 700,000 Americans identify as transgender. Transgender people may find that their biological sex does not match their gender identity. Transgender teens face higher levels of bullying and harassment than other groups.
Teens Go for Gold at Sochi Olympics
This month, dozens of teen athletes are facing off in Sochi, Russia, in the hopes of winning Olympic glory. Teens make up a tenth of the U.S. Olympic team. Freestyle skier Maggie Voisin, 15, is the youngest team member in 40 years. Canada’s youngest, figure skater Gabrielle Daleman, just turned 16. Superstar figure skater Gracie Gold, 18, takes online classes in order to balance her training schedule with high school life. Freeskier Nick Goepper, 19, just graduated from high school with a 3.7 GPA. Skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, is an Olympic “It Girl,” already gracing magazine covers. She is expected to take home a gold medal. You don’t have to be an Olympian to feel the thrill of victory. Winter sports at your school or around your town are a great way to get in shape and feel like a champ.