Phys .org: Teen museum educators increase engagement, learning, in tween visitors

Phys .org: Teen museum educators increase engagement, learning, in tween visitors. “Do you want to get the most out of a museum and encourage your child’s interest in STEM? Try interacting with a teenaged museum docent. Research led by investigators from North Carolina State University and the University of Exeter in the U.K. has found that youth docents have an overall positive effect on visitors’ experiences, learning and information retention at informal learning sites. The positive effects accrued across age groups regardless of museum type, but were most apparent in children ages 9 to 11.”

New York Times: Older Children Spread the Coronavirus Just as Much as Adults, Large Study Finds

New York Times: Older Children Spread the Coronavirus Just as Much as Adults, Large Study Finds. “In the heated debate over reopening schools, one burning question has been whether and how efficiently children can spread the virus to others. A large new study from South Korea offers an answer: Children younger than 10 transmit to others much less often than adults do, but the risk is not zero. And those between the ages of 10 and 19 can spread the virus at least as well as adults do.”

New York Post: Teens are dressing up as mask-wearing grandmas to try to score alcohol

I’m not really sure where to put this. I don’t know if the kids are really getting alcohol when they cosplay older adults, or if it’s just a prank. If they ARE getting alcohol this way, I can’t put it under humor, because I don’t find anything funny about a minor getting access to alcohol. So I’ll just put it here. New York Post: Teens are dressing up as mask-wearing grandmas to try to score alcohol. “In a pandemic, no one knows you’re underage. That’s what Gen Z has discovered as they’ve updated the fake ID for the COVID-19 era, hitting up liquor stores dressed as elderly grandmas wearing coronavirus face masks.”

ABC News: Some hospitals see rise in younger admissions for COVID-19, raising doctors’ concerns

ABC News: Some hospitals see rise in younger admissions for COVID-19, raising doctors’ concerns. “As data shows more and more younger people are getting infected by the novel coronavirus, health experts are trying to bust a myth that they say has stifled the global health crisis response: that young people can’t get seriously ill from the virus that has killed more than 574,000 people around the world.”

EurekAlert: How vaping companies are use Instagram to market to young people

EurekAlert: How vaping companies are use Instagram to market to young people. “E-cigarettes are highly addictive nicotine products with unclear health impacts, particularly on young people. Instagram is a visual social media platform which is wildly popular, particularly with young people. Researchers interested in public health at Aalto university in Finland studied how vaping is represented on the platform. By using artificial intelligence, they were able to analyse hundreds of thousands of posts from a 6-month period last year, and found that a large portion of posts are promoting controversial flavoured e-liquids to young audiences.”

Florida teen fighting for her life against COVID-19; family begs people to wear masks (Herald-Tribune)

Herald-Tribune: Florida teen fighting for her life against COVID-19; family begs people to wear masks. “Just two weeks ago, 16-year-old Halene O’Connell was a normal, healthy teenage girl, ready to start the summer before her senior year at Milton High School. But today, she’s in a coma and on a ventilator fighting for her life at the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart in Pensacola, battling a severe case of COVID-19 — and her family is begging the community to wear masks and practice social distancing so they don’t end up in a hospital bed too.”

Route Fifty: Know a Teen who Needs a Summer Job? Covid-19 Response is Hiring.

Route Fifty: Know a Teen who Needs a Summer Job? Covid-19 Response is Hiring.. “State and local officials are attracting new recruits in the fight against Covid-19: teenagers and young adults. A handful of counties, cities and states across the country have announced plans to expand or revamp existing youth employment programs to include opportunities to assist in government-led coronavirus response initiatives.”

Public Technology: Government turns to Instagram to seek policy guidance from teenagers

Public Technology (UK): Government turns to Instagram to seek policy guidance from teenagers. “The government has unveiled a new Instagram page through which it wishes to garner policy guidance from teenagers and young adults. The ‘Involved’ account will use the photo-sharing site’s polling and stories functions to ask questions related to ‘decisions made at the heart of government’. The government wishes to hear the responses of young people aged between 13 and 25.”

TikTok: Fears videos may ‘trigger eating disorders’ (BBC)

BBC: TikTok: Fears videos may ‘trigger eating disorders’. “Social media app TikTok could encourage unhealthy relationships with food and trigger people who have suffered eating disorders, campaigners have said. The video app is one of the most popular in the world, with more than 800m users – 41% of those users between the age of 16 and 24. But there are fears some of the content glamorises eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.”

The rise of the ‘quaranteenager’: How to help young adults with their mental health during the pandemic (The National)

The National: The rise of the ‘quaranteenager’: How to help young adults with their mental health during the pandemic. “The number of people living with mental health disorders amid the coronavirus crisis has undoubtedly soared, but teenagers are particularly at risk, says one UAE psychologist. Tanya Dharamshi, clinical director and counselling psychologist at Dubai’s Priory Wellbeing Centre, says the clinic has seen an upsurge in teenagers visiting, as they have been diagnosed with issues such as anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder since schooling went virtual.”

Travel+Leisure: The Metropolitan Opera Is Offering a Ridiculously Cool Virtual Summer Camp — and It’s Free (Video)

Travel+Leisure: The Metropolitan Opera Is Offering a Ridiculously Cool Virtual Summer Camp — and It’s Free (Video). “On June 15, the Metropolitan Opera will launch its Met Opera Global Summer Camp, an educational initiative to ‘engage and support students worldwide.’ According to a statement provided by the Metropolitan Opera, the eight-week online summer camp will run from June 15 to August 7 and will include a featured opera each week from the Met’s own digital library of performances. And best of all, it will be completely free for children and teens to attend.”

Coronavirus: The strangers reaching out to Kyrgyzstan’s lonely teenagers (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: The strangers reaching out to Kyrgyzstan’s lonely teenagers. “Maksat (not his real name) feels alone and misunderstood. He often expresses suicidal feelings – a noticeable change, his teachers say, from the boy they knew before the curfew was brought in. And then he met a ‘phone pal’ – Jalalbek Akmatov, a university student in the capital Bishkek. Jalabek is one of around 100 young adults taking part in a project to reach out via phone to teenagers just like Maksat, thousands of whom have been stuck at home for weeks.”

Los Angeles Times: Teens are feeling lonely and anxious in isolation. Here’s how parents can help

Los Angeles Times: Teens are feeling lonely and anxious in isolation. Here’s how parents can help. “Normally adolescence, a developmental period marked by impulsivity and feelings of invincibility, is a time in which teenagers separate from their parents and bond with their peers. Now that families are confined at home, parents are in a peculiar position in which they have to balance the seriousness of the novel coronavirus with their teen’s desire for social interaction.”

WBEZ: COVID Toes Skin Disease Gains A Foothold Across The Country

WBEZ: COVID Toes Skin Disease Gains A Foothold Across The Country. “In the Chicago area, teens and young adults are developing red, purple, sore and itchy toes that doctors are informally calling ‘COVID toes.’ Dr. Amy Paller, the chair of dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, said that in the past week she’s gotten more than 50 reports of new pediatric cases in the Chicago area. She said she expects many more cases as news of the condition spreads.”