BBC: Cancelled prom pictures win £15,000 Taylor Wessing portrait prize

BBC: Cancelled prom pictures win £15,000 Taylor Wessing portrait prize. “A series of portraits of school leavers dressed for proms that never took place because of the coronavirus pandemic has won a £15,000 prize for photography. The judges of this year’s Taylor Wessing Prize felt Alys Tomlinson’s Lost Summer ‘spoke to the events of 2020… without being heavy handed.'”

CNET: COVID-19 creates new barriers to getting girls into tech

CNET: COVID-19 creates new barriers to getting girls into tech. “As students continue remote learning, a lack of resources at home can make it nearly impossible to study properly and connect with teachers. And when women do enter the workforce, it will be harder to find female mentors as we emerge from the COVID-19 era. Multiple family demands in the pandemic are causing women to abandon the workforce four times the rate of men.”

Washington Post: For months, he helped his son keep suicidal thoughts at bay. Then came the pandemic.

Washington Post: For months, he helped his son keep suicidal thoughts at bay. Then came the pandemic.. “Since the coronavirus arrived, depression and anxiety in America have become rampant. Federal surveys show 40 percent of Americans are now grappling with at least one mental health or drug-related problem. But young adults have been hit harder than any other age group, with 75 percent struggling. Even more alarming, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently asked young adults if they had thought about killing themselves in the past 30 days, 1 of 4 said they had.”

MIT Technology Review: How to talk to kids and teens about misinformation

MIT Technology Review: How to talk to kids and teens about misinformation. “Being young has never been easy, but it’s especially tough when social media, television programs, and maybe even the adults in your life often twist truth into misinformation. Here are some tips for grownups and young people alike for how to talk with someone about misinformation and make sure the information you’re getting and sharing is true.”

New York Times: At 12, She’s a Covid ‘Long Hauler’

New York Times: At 12, She’s a Covid ‘Long Hauler’. “More than seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, it has become increasingly apparent that many patients with both severe and mild illness do not fully recover. Weeks and months after exposure, these Covid ‘long-haulers,’ as they have been called, continue experiencing a range of symptoms, including exhaustion, dizziness, shortness of breath and cognitive impairments. Children are generally at significantly less risk than older people for serious complications and death from Covid-19, but the long-term impacts of infection on them, if any, have been especially unclear.”

BuzzFeed News: Watching TikToks Makes Me Hopeful About The Future

BuzzFeed News: Watching TikToks Makes Me Hopeful About The Future. “I’ve interviewed dozens of teens and young adults who fall within the Gen Z cohort, born between the late ‘90s and the early ‘00s. And every time, I’m consistently and pleasantly surprised by the maturity, authority, and care they speak with, oftentimes with more empathy and insight than the adults I talk to. Their TikToks cover political extremism, and racial justice, and the nuances of anti-trans prejudice. They’re never thrown off when I ask for their pronouns and embrace a fluidity in their identities that stems not from uncertainty, but from a very grounded confidence that it’s OK to change and grow.”

BuzzFeed News: Trump Said Don’t Let COVID Dominate Your Life. These Millennials Don’t Know If They Will Ever Get Better.

BuzzFeed News: Trump Said Don’t Let COVID Dominate Your Life. These Millennials Don’t Know If They Will Ever Get Better.. “As the United States closes in on nearly 8 million coronavirus cases, thousands of people are still suffering from debilitating symptoms months after they contracted the virus. COVID-19 has upended their lives, changed their bodies, and made it difficult to complete everyday tasks or, in some cases, hold down jobs. A CDC study from this summer found that 1 in 5 people aged 18 to 34 who tested positive for COVID-19 had not recovered their health after a few weeks. Some may be chronically ill and need long-term care. Months into the pandemic, there’s still no real treatment plan for these patients and many say their own doctors, friends, family members — and now their president — continue to downplay what they are going through.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive. “The Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive… documents youth and student engagement in climate change and environmental issues from around the globe beginning in 2019. It contains websites and online documents created by individuals, groups, organizations, and coalitions of student and youth-led environmental activism.”

Europeana Pro: GIF IT UP – inspiring students to engage with digital cultural heritage

Europeana Pro: GIF IT UP – inspiring students to engage with digital cultural heritage. “With this year’s GIF IT UP competition currently taking place, Cristina Roiu talks to teenager Anamaria Şune about her experience of making GIFs and how the competition inspires educational engagement with digital cultural heritage.”

Washington Post: Coronavirus outbreak sickens more than a dozen at Fairfax juvenile detention center

Washington Post: Coronavirus outbreak sickens more than a dozen at Fairfax juvenile detention center. “Officials said a coronavirus outbreak has sickened more than a dozen workers and residents at Fairfax County’s Juvenile Detention Center, prompting questions from staff about the precautions taken against the virus and how its spread was handled. Eight workers and six juveniles have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Fairfax City facility since Sept. 29, officials said, making it one of the worst known outbreaks at a local youth center since March.”

Not old enough to vote, but old enough to help: How teens are helping to avert an election crisis (USA Today)

USA Today: Not old enough to vote, but old enough to help: How teens are helping to avert an election crisis. “Facing a drastic shortage of poll workers in November because of the coronavirus pandemic, an army of voting rights groups and other organizations this summer waged the most robust poll-worker recruitment campaign in modern election history. It has included high-profile allies, from Noah to NBA star LeBron James, whose recently formed More Than a Vote organization has worked to increase poll workers in predominantly Black districts. Companies like Old Navy, Warby Parker and Target are paying their employees who take a day off to work the polls.”

University of Texas at Austin: Getting Fewer ‘Likes’ on Social Media Elicits Emotional Distress Among Adolescents

University of Texas at Austin: Getting Fewer ‘Likes’ on Social Media Elicits Emotional Distress Among Adolescents. “Study participants helped test drive a new program that allowed them to create a profile and interact with same-age peers by viewing and ‘liking’ one another’s profiles. Likes received were tallied, and a ranking of the various profiles displayed them in order of most to least liked. In actuality, likes were assigned by computer scripts. Participants were randomly assigned to receive either few likes or many likes relative to the other displayed profiles. In a post-task questionnaire, students in the fewer likes group reported more feelings of rejections and other negative emotions than those who received more likes.”

Route Fifty: Young People Fueling a Pandemic Rise in Freelancing, Report Says

Route Fifty: Young People Fueling a Pandemic Rise in Freelancing, Report Says. “Coronavirus has undoubtedly shifted the job landscape in America since it became widespread in March. Amid the layoffs, furloughs, and remote work forced by the pandemic, millions more people are now freelancing, according to a new report from Edelman Intelligence, a market research firm.”

ABC 13: FDA warns about ‘Benadryl Challenge’ after reports of teens ending up in ER

ABC 13: FDA warns about ‘Benadryl Challenge’ after reports of teens ending up in ER. “The craze on TikTok reportedly encourages viewers to take large doses of the antihistamine to induce hallucinations. But the FDA warns that taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicine can lead to serious heart problems, seizures, coma, or even death.” Apparently this has already killed somebody.

Wired: Why Teens Are Falling for TikTok Conspiracy Theories

Wired: Why Teens Are Falling for TikTok Conspiracy Theories. “On the surface, it makes sense that young people would latch on to conspiracy theories on TikTok. The platform skews young—reportedly one-third of its daily users in the US are 14 or younger—and celebrity gossip has long been the lingua franca of social media for people of all ages. Right-wing conspiracy groups like QAnon have been spreading made up stories about those in power on networks like Facebook for years. Now those ideas have jumped to TikTok where they’re being metabolized by much younger consumers. Those things all scan. What doesn’t, however, is why teens believe them.”