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.”

Broadway World: Columbus Symphony Unveils Two New Music Education Web Sits For Kids and Teens

Broadway World: Columbus Symphony Unveils Two New Music Education Web Sits For Kids and Teens. “Via an online library of educational videos, students can learn everything from the basics of reading music to the history behind famous orchestral composers. Visitors can view online lessons or get audition tips from a Columbus Symphony musician. Both sites offer the ‘Columbus Symphony Recommends’ page which lists Columbus Symphony concerts featuring their favorite instrument.”

“I Don’t Want to Live Like This Forever”: A 14-Year-Old’s Story of “Hidden Homelessness” Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic (Frontline)

Frontline: “I Don’t Want to Live Like This Forever”: A 14-Year-Old’s Story of “Hidden Homelessness” Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. “Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, almost 12 million children in America were estimated to be living in poverty — a burden disproportionately borne by kids who are Black or Latino. Kyah is one of them. Her story unfolds in Growing Up Poor in America, a new FRONTLINE documentary that follows children in three families — one Black, one mixed-race and one white — in the battleground state of Ohio as they struggle to make ends meet. That struggle has been heightened by the coronavirus.”

The Atlantic: What Young, Healthy People Have to Fear From COVID-19

The Atlantic: What Young, Healthy People Have to Fear From COVID-19. “COVID-19 presents an array of health challenges that are serious, if not imminently fatal. The disease occasionally sends people’s immune system into a frenzy, wreaking havoc on their internal organs. Several studies of asymptomatic patients revealed that more than half of them had lung abnormalities. A March study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that 7 to 20 percent of sick patients showed heart damage associated with COVID-19.”

Qantara .de: Giving a voice to young African women during coronavirus

Qantara .de: a href=”https://en.qantara.de/content/sauti-africa-young-feminist-blog-giving-a-voice-to-young-african-women-during-coronavirus”>Giving a voice to young African women during coronavirus. “This year, those marking Pan African Women’s Day on 31 July had even more reason to celebrate. Two days previously the African Union launched ‘Sauti’, meaning ‘my voice’ in Arabic and Kiswahili. A digital collection featuring award-winning stories by twenty-five young women from across the five regions of Africa and its diaspora, it is the first ever feminist blog of its kind. Young African women were invited to share their contributions in writing, visuals, audio or video, presenting their thoughts and innovations in the face of COVID-19, as well as their daily struggles amid the evolving pandemic.”

New York Times: Why Influencers Won’t Stop Partying Anytime Soon

New York Times: Why Influencers Won’t Stop Partying Anytime Soon. “California, where coronavirus cases remained low in the first few months of the pandemic, has experienced a summer outbreak. Last week it became the first state to report half a million cases, according to a database maintained by The New York Times, and the infection rate has been especially high in Los Angeles County. Still, many of its young residents keep partying.”

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.”

Washington Post: Despite pandemic, young bar patrons say they want to keep on partying

Washington Post: Despite pandemic, young bar patrons say they want to keep on partying. “Last week, the governors of Maryland and Virginia raised concerns about enforcement of pandemic rules, such as masks and social distancing, at bars and restaurants — with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) noting in a letter to county officials that the coronavirus positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 is on the rise.”

I can’t shake Covid-19: Warnings from young survivors still suffering (CNN)

CNN: I can’t shake Covid-19: Warnings from young survivors still suffering. “Daniel Green is still hobbled by the severe viral infection that struck him in March and left him coughing up blood. Three months ago, the 28-year-old postdoctoral research associate from Newcastle, United Kingdom, was on the road with friends in a band as they toured venues in the French Alps. He came down with Covid-19 symptoms, and like many coronavirus patients, spent weeks in bed. Unlike other people, however, Green’s life hasn’t returned to normal.”

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.”