The skills that every teen should learn before they ever get a cellphone

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Being a teenager is like waking up every morning in a house of mirrors. You’re everywhere and nowhere at once, trying to pinpoint which version of yourself is the most authentic. 

For the past decade, teens have navigated this tumultuous period of their lives with a smartphone in their hand. We know the power of connectivity can be liberating, especially in adolescence. We also know how our craving for that connection often leaves us longing for more — incomplete without one more scroll or an extra like. 

What we don’t know yet is how that constant whiplash effect of moving from elation to despair or creative engagement to mindless distraction changes young minds. I’ve been writing about this subject for a year, studying the research that suggests a link between screen time and poorer mental health, talking to experts worried about the inevitable moral panic that comes with every new technology, exploring the positive aspects of being online, and even urging young people to reclaim their lives from the thrum of social media.  Read more…

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Rick Santorum seems to think teen protesters are just dumping their problems on others

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Rick Santorum is no longer an elected official, but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped being a heartless buffoon.

The former Senator from Pennsylvania appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, and for some unfathomable reason he decided to use that platform to criticize the students across the country who spent Saturday marching in support of gun control. That’s right, he legit went after survivors of gun violence — and the internet was not pleased. 

“How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that,” noted the aspiring spokesperson.  Read more…

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Frayed Apple iPhone 6 charger cable electrocutes Vietnamese teen

You might recall back in July 2013 when we told you about a 23-year old stewardess who was electrocuted when she answered a call on her Apple iPhone 5 while it was charging. That seemed to kick off a series of other incidents where iPhone or iPad users would report receiving a shock. In many cases, the problem was the use of a third party charger. Later that year, Apple announced that it would allow consumers to swap third party chargers for the official Apple version. This was to take place in certain countries including the U.S., China, and the U.K.

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Colorado teen who stole 25 guns arrested after posting selfies

Colorado teen who stole 25 guns arrested after posting selfies
18-year-old Colorado teenager Viet Trinh was the getaway driver in a smash-and-grab burglary in the Denver area and he escaped uncaught after stealing 25 guns, but he fell easy pray for police after posting numerous selfies with the guns on social media.
The teenager was charged with theft in Denver Federal Court on Tuesday, and faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.
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Teen Groot will steal every 'Avengers: Infinity War' scene he's in, just watch

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You thought Baby Groot was a stone-cold scene thief? Just wait.

There’s so much to unpack from a second viewing of the Avengers: Infinity War footage that first played at D23 last and came out for an encore at Comic-Con on Saturday night, but there was one thing I utterly missed the first time that fully stood out the second:

Teen Groot.

We first met the brooding, game-obsessed teenaged Groot in one of the post-credits scenes from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, when Peter Quill was giving him a fatherly talking-to, and he wan’t having any of it. Well, he’s barely aged at all by the time we get to Infinity War — and so settled into the background that I didn’t see him the first time around. Read more…

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Taylor Swift sent a nice gift to a teen who invited her to her graduation party

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Taylor Swift is very busy doing whatever she is doing right now, so she was not able to attend her fan Ashley’s graduation party. But, according to Twitter, she did send the next best thing — flowers and a handwritten note.

Ashley — @AshSilv13 on Twitter — tweeted a photo of the gift on Saturday. “I INVITED TAYLOR TO MY GRADUATION PARTY AND SHE SENT ME FLOWERS AND THIS CARD,” she wrote. 

Behold:

I INVITED TAYLOR TO MY GRADUATION PARTY AND SHE SENT ME FLOWERS AND THIS CARD 😭😭😭 I LOVE YOU HONEY @taylorswift13 pic.twitter.com/8qQ6gTNeyP

— Ashley (@AshSilv13) May 13, 2017 Read more…

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