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Alarming Trend Among Teens: 'Digital Self-Harm'

6% of children surveyed said they'd engaged in 'self-cyberbullying'

(Newser) - Cyberbullying is a huge problem among teens—and an alarming new study finds that sometimes, kids inflict the bullying on themselves. Researchers surveyed almost 5,600 US students between the ages of 12 and 17, and around 6% reported they had engaged in what researchers are calling "self-cyberbullying" or... More »

Teen Heroes: 'They're Going to Die If We Don't Do Something'

Calif. 16-year-olds Alex Schrier, Jeffrey Bounds help rescue passengers in burning car

(Newser) - Two quick-acting teens and a third Good Samaritan are being hailed as heroes for rushing to save a man and woman trapped in a burning car that crashed in Southern California. Alex Schrier and Jeffrey Bounds, both 16 and teammates on their high school baseball team, spotted the vehicle on... More »

Cops: Serial Killer Met Teen Victims on Twitter

He allegedly targeted those looking to commit suicide

(Newser) - The 27-year-old Japanese man in whose apartment police found body parts belonging to nine people—including two severed heads and 240 bones—allegedly targeted teenage girls on Twitter. According to police, Takahiro Shiraishi used Twitter to connect with those wanting to commit suicide. He's suspected of killing four teens... More »

Pumpkin Theft Prompts Bizarre Police Lineup

St. Louis residents can claim their stolen fruit

(Newser) - Police who caught three teenagers orange-handed with 48 stolen pumpkins—and one gourd—are asking residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a "pumpkin lineup" online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered, reports the AP . The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports pumpkins began vanishing last... More »

Why Today's Teens Don't Act Their Age

'Helicopter parenting' is one factor, researchers say

(Newser) - Compared to a generation ago, today's young people are dawdling when it comes to experiencing behaviors traditionally seen as precursors to adulthood: drinking, driving, having sex, and joining the workforce. As a result, they're often called "lazy"—but that's not exactly accurate. According to researchers,... More »

More Kids, Teens May Be Diagnosed With Hypertension

Based on new AAP guidelines that seek to spur early prevention and intervention

(Newser) - Parents bringing their kids to their well visits will likely review their height, weight, vaccinations, and now ... blood pressure. CNN reports on new guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics and printed in the September issue of the Pediatrics journal that include updated diagnosis tables based on kids within... More »

Teen Goes to Metallica Concert, Loses Car for Days

His dad had to place a Craigslist ad asking Toronto locals to help his 'doofy son'

(Newser) - For much of this week, Toronto residents have been on a scavenger hunt of sorts, with an odd target: a 2015 Nissan Versa, "misplaced" by a US teen who'd forgotten where he'd left it after a Metallica concert. The CBC reports on 19-year-old Gavin Strickland's parking... More »

Warning for Parents: Look Out for 'Blue Whale Challenge'

Online 'game' (or is it a hoax?) supposedly spurs kids to self-harm

(Newser) - Because parents don't have enough to worry about, both in the virtual and real worlds, a warning is now circulating about an online dare that could spur kids to engage in self-harm. Massachusetts' Sun Chronicle reports that school officials there emailed parents last week about the "Blue Whale... More »

Teen Girls Committed 'Heinous, Nasty Crimes' in Pa.: Cops

Kemonie McKee, 16, and Syniah Martinez, 17, charged in armed robbery cases

(Newser) - "You could write a book" about Kemonie McKee and Syniah Martinez, a Philly-area police official tells the Philadelphia Inquirer , but the story about the two teen girls wouldn't exactly be a fairy tale. Instead, McKee, 16, and Martinez, 17, pulled off "some very heinous, nasty crimes,"... More »

Scores of Teens Rush Onto Train, Rob Riders

Riders were assaulted in BART attack

(Newser) - Bay Area Rapid Transit riders were robbed and assaulted by up to 60 teens in an attack that lasted just seconds Saturday night. Police say at least seven people were robbed and two suffered injuries that needed medical attention after the juveniles swarmed a BART train at Oakland's Coliseum... More »

Girl, 17, Guilty of Homicide in Delaware School Death

Victim had previously unknown heart condition

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl was convicted Thursday of criminally negligent homicide in a school bathroom attack in Delaware that left a 16-year-old classmate dead. The ruling came in a nonjury trial for three girls charged in the death of Amy Joyner-Francis, the AP reports. All three were 16 when the fight... More »

No Charges for Man Who Killed 3 Teen Burglars

Alleged getaway driver pleads not guilty to murder

(Newser) - The 23-year-old man who shot three teenage burglars dead last week "acted in accordance with his rights as an Oklahoma citizen" and will not face criminal charges, authorities announced this week. Zach Peters, 23, opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle when Jaykob Woodruff, 16, Jacob Redfearn, 17, and... More »

The Coolness of Everything, as Ranked by Teens

Good news for YouTube and Oreos; not so good news for the Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - Sorry, Sunglass Hut, the teens have spoken on what's cool, and it ain't you. The Washington Post reports Google recently released a report called It's Lit: A Guide to What Teens Think Is Cool after surveying around 1,100 youths between the ages of 13 and 17.... More »

Good Samaritans Stop to Help Crash Victims, Get Hit by Car

Doctor, teen stopped after a Jeep rolled over, were hit by suspected drunk teen

(Newser) - Six teens found themselves in trouble when their Jeep rolled over early Sunday on a Detroit interstate, and help came quickly in the form of two Good Samaritans who were driving past the scene around 7:30am. But per WDIV , those two helpers ended up in the hospital themselves when... More »

Alleged Getaway Driver in Fatal Burglary: 'I Don't Blame Him'

Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez on man who shot and killed 3 suspects

(Newser) - Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez says she knows that a home burglary she's accused of taking part in earlier this week was "stupid" and "wrong"—and she doesn't blame a 23-year-old Oklahoma man for killing three of her alleged partners at the scene of that crime, ABC... More »

Cops: Homeowner's Son Killed 3 Teen Burglars

Getaway driver surrendered after Okla. shooting

(Newser) - Three teenage suspects are dead and their alleged getaway driver is in custody after what police in Broken Arrow, Okla., are calling an apparent home invasion. Police say that after the three suspects broke in through a glass door at the back of the home Monday afternoon, there was a... More »

Teens' Street Fight Ends in ... a Viral Handshake

Ibn Ali Miller is sad more people don't step in like he did in scuffle between boys

(Newser) - Ibn Ali Miller is distressed. Not because he was able to talk down two teens who were involved in an Atlantic City street fight, nor because the Facebook video of him doing so has now gone viral—and definitely not because LeBron James acknowledged him on Twitter for what people... More »

Cops: Teens 'Tired' of Messages Plotted to Kill Girl

Utah boys accused of leaving 14-year-old for dead

(Newser) - Two 16-year-old boys accused of shooting a 14-year-old girl in the back of the head and leaving her for dead plotted to kill her because one of them was sick of her messages on Snapchat, a court heard this week. A sheriff's deputy testified at a preliminary hearing for... More »

Hundreds of Teens Are Fake Killing Each Other

And one Chicago-area high school wants it to stop

(Newser) - For months every year, upperclassmen at Glenbrook South High School outside Chicago divide into teams, arm themselves with Nerf guns, and "kill" their fellow classmates to win money. It's a game called Paranoia, and it's been a tradition at high schools in the Chicago area for years.... More »

Your Brainy Kid Is Twice as Likely to Smoke Pot

But they're less likely to smoke cigarettes than their peers, study says

(Newser) - Smarter teens are twice as likely to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol than their classmates, new research out of Britain shows, but they're far less likely to smoke cigarettes than their lower-scoring peers, the Telegraph reports. London researchers who tracked pot, booze, and tobacco use among 6,000 young... More »

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