Is the Teenage Summer Job a Thing of the Past?

Fewer and fewer teens are slogging away at summer jobs these days, according to data compiled by the Brookings Institution. That means fewer teens smoking covert cigarettes on loading docks; fewer teens losing their virginities behind terrestrial neon pirate ships; fewer teens weeping over McFlurries in their Honda… » 7/16/14 12:30pm 7/16/14 12:30pm

Popular Teens Are Victims of Bullying, Too

It seems like a stupid April Fool's headline, but a recent study has actually found that teens who are in with the in-crowd are "unnoticed victims of school-based aggression." As they work their way up high school's social ladder and increase their status, kids' chances of being bullied increases by more than 25… » 4/01/14 11:40am 4/01/14 11:40am

Teens Are Having a Racist Meltdown Over Lorde's 'Ugly' Boyfriend

Holy shit, something's wrong with the teens. The teens have gone mad. After Kiwi chanteuse Lorde apparently said (to someone, somewhere—I literally can't find any sources on it besides teens on Twitter) that Justin Bieber and the members of One Direction are "ugly," wounded superfans began firing back with a barrage… » 12/09/13 5:15pm 12/09/13 5:15pm

The Horror of Coming of Age: Films Subverting the Teen Girl Experience

Growing up can be a bit of a bloodbath for everyone, regardless of gender. And when it comes to how the actual gory details of the process are portrayed on film, young female characters don't often get the same freedom to explore the dark side of the process that young men do, unless you happen to be watching a horror… » 10/15/13 6:45pm 10/15/13 6:45pm

Parents of Teens Grudgingly Submit To Their Awkward BF/GF 'Sleepovers'

When I was a teenager, which I like to think was not that long ago, there were no one-on-one co-ed sleepovers, although I do remember a whole lot of drama over a handy given at a New Year's Eve slumber party while everyone else was sleeping. (Not by me.) Nobody even thought to ask. (Not that I was hanging out with,… » 8/10/13 1:04pm 8/10/13 1:04pm

Selfies Degrade Teenage Girls, Says Teenage Girl

Consider how many times you've heard that "X" trend has turned "boy-girl relations into a cut-throat sexual race" over the decades; substitute "X" for "sexting," "crop tops," or "coed education," and you've got yourself a Newsweek cover story. This week, X = "pouty self portraits" — otherwise known as the selfie — and… » 7/11/13 5:15pm 7/11/13 5:15pm

Booze-Free After-Prom Parties Are Still Boring, Even with Bribes

It’s prom season, and for every parent with a teenager not self-assured enough to take itself out for an Evil Dead/The Big Wedding double-feature at the local cineplex instead of attending a chaperoned night of slow-jam hugging in a school multi-purpose room, that means lots of worrying about what sort of after-prom… » 5/19/13 11:30am 5/19/13 11:30am

100 Things a Teen Age Girl Wants to Know Is a Hilarious Artifact

Forget Full Frontal Feminism, 100 Things a Teen Age Girl Wants to Know is the book to buy all the young ladies in your life immediately. Don't fill their pretty little heads with ideas of bodily autonomy and jobs outside the home — instead, let minister W. V. Grant, Sr. teach pesky teen girls about principles,… » 5/08/13 10:50am 5/08/13 10:50am