Fifty-nine percent of teens say they’ve been bullied online, reports Pew. In a 2017 survey by Ditch the Label, an anti-bullying group, more than one in five 12-to-20-year-olds said they’d been bullied on Instagram. “Instagram is many teens’ entire social infrastructure,” writes Lorenz. “At its most destructive, bullying someone on there is the digital equivalent of taping mean flyers all over someone’s school, and her home, and her friends’ homes.” Teenagers have always been
Half of female-to-male transgender teens have attempted suicide, according to a study published in Pediatrics. Suicide attempts also are much higher for adolescents who don’t identify exclusively as male or female (42 percent), trans female teens (30 percent) and those questioning their gender identity (28 percent.) Skylar Marcus Lee, a transmale 16-year-old in Madison, Wisconsin, died by suicide in 2015 after struggling with depression. Of cisgender teens, 18 percent of fema
Twenty-seven percent of 12- to 17-year-olds in California identify as “nongender conforming,” according to a new UCLA survey. Take a breath. That doesn’t mean they’re transgender or gay. Most are heterosexual kids who don’t conform to gender stereotypes. Here’s the question: A person’s appearance, style, dress, or the way they walk or talk may affect how people describe them. How do you think other people at school would describe you?Very feminineMostly feminineEqually femini
More than four in five high schools start the day earlier than sleep researchers recommend, reports Sarah D. Sparks in Education Week. The average start time is 7:59 am, according to the 2015-16 National Teacher and Principal Survey. Fewer than 1 in 4 elementary schools, but nearly half of high schools, start the day before 8 a.m. Schools with few low-income students were the most likely to start by 8:30 a.m. or later. “The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended since
When schools start before 9 am, “owls” get lower grades than “larks,” concludes a new paper in Scientific Reports, writes Helge Hasselmann for Research Digests. Those with late chronotypes — owls — earned significantly lower grades in science (except for physics) and math, even if they got a full night’s sleep. However, they did as well as their lark classmates when they took exams in the afternoon. Chronotype did not affect performance in humanities/linguistic subjects. Teen
Most teenagers won’t be working this summer, reports Ben Steverman onBloomberg News. The summer job has gone from rite of passage to passe. In 1988-89, nearly 70 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds had summer jobs or were looking for a job. That fell to 53 percent in 2006 and 43 percent in 2016. Fewer teens are working during the school year, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Teen labor force participation peaked at 57.9 percent in 1979, fell to 34.1 percent in 2011, and is
Can ‘Sober High’ schools keep teenagers off drugs? asks John D. Tulenko in the Hechinger Report. Independence Academy in Brockton, Mass. is one of 33 “recovery schools,” public high schools for adolescent drug and alcohol abusers. Students are referred by residential drug-treatment programs, school districts, or parents desperate for help.
Once in, the hope is that a culture of “positive peer pressure” will help teens stay sober. They also receive intensive counseling to find