Young Adults

Internet Gives Teenage Bullies Weapons to Wound From Afar

he fight started at school, when some eighth-grade girls stole a pencil case filled with makeup that belonged to a new classmate, Amanda Marcuson, and she reported them.
But it did not end there. As soon as Amanda got home, the instant messages started popping up on her computer screen. She was a tattletale and a liar, they said. Shaken, she typed back, "You stole my stuff!" She was a "stuck-up bitch," came the instant response in the box on the screen, followed by a series of increasingly ugly epithets.

That evening, Amanda's mother tore her away from the computer to go to a basketball game with her family. But the barrage of electronic insults did not stop. Like a lot of other teenagers, Amanda has her Internet messages automatically forwarded to her cellphone, and by the end of the game she had received 50, the limit of its capacity. Read more.

School Dismisses Student After Alleged Laxative Prank

Here's a classic...

"A Concord High School student has been kicked out school for putting laxatives in the coffee of a librarian and the principal. The two were told what was in their drinks before either of them sipped them.

School officials said the unidentified student can reapply to the district once he serves a two-month suspension. The process usually takes 30 days, which means the boy will miss the first semester of school." Read More.

CrossGen: Analysis of a Collapse

GregS* writes "In-depth analysis on the fall of CrossGen via Captain Comics' website. Captain Comics is run by Andrew Sullivan, a newspaper editor who has a syndicated column dealing with comics and other fandom topics, though this article isn't by him. I don't know how many of you buy graphic novels for your libraries or even read them yourselves. I encouraged our YA librarian to buy the collected volumes of CrossGen's 4 major titles. They were very high quality books, and it was a very innovative company. At the very least their innovations have pushed other companies to keep up by experimenting with new print formats and digital too."

Study Reports Young Adults are 'Disconnected'

Yahoo News reports...

"Despite marked improvement in the lives of American children, a new study finds rising numbers of [disconnected young adults] those who have no job, are not in school and have not progressed beyond a high school diploma.

Over 3.8 million disconnected youth face a greater likelihood of bad outcomes, now and in the future, which hold severe implications for our society," said Douglas W. Nelson, president of the foundation, a private research and grant-making concern that focuses on children." Read More.

T-rated video games

nbruce writes ""Content analysis suggests a significant amount of violence, injury, and death in T-rated video games. Given the large amount of violence involving guns and knives, the relative lack of blood suggests that many T-rated video games do not realistically portray the consequences of violence. Physicians and parents should appreciate that T-rated video games may be a source of exposure to violence and some unexpected content for children and adolescents, and that the majority of T-rated video games provide incentives to the players to commit simulated acts of violence."

Statistics and Full story

All 3 authors are at Center on Media and Child Health, Children's Hospital Boston and Kids Risk Project, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts"

Library baits young readers with illustrated novels

Getting teenagers and young adults to read and use public libraries is a challenge the library in Ocean Springs [Mississipi] is addressing with a $5,000 development grant from the Mississippi Library Commission.
The Ocean Springs Municipal Library, a part of the regional system, will use a collection of "Visual Readers: Illustrated Novels for Today's Youth" to draw in younger readers, according to Rex Bridges, public relations director for the system.

"The grant is for one library branch to increase their collection of these readers but all branches in the system will have access to these books," Bridges said.
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Love of books sparked by curiosity

With fewer and fewer students reading literary works, calling them "dull and boring", a scholar of literature blamed the teachers for not making reading interesting.

Nasti M. Reksodipuro, a retired lecturer of the School of Literature at the University of Indonesia, pointed out that teachers should give a brief introduction about a certain book.

"Teachers only assign the students to read a book without giving an indication as to what makes the book interesting to read," she told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview.

The Jakarta Post has the full story.

My so-called Blog - blogs for teenagers

InfoWhale writes "Teenagers, and others, are using their own blogs as basic ways to communicate with the rest of the world.

NY Times Has The Story"

A result of all this self-chronicling is that the private experience of adolescence -- a period traditionally marked by seizures of self-consciousness and personal confessions wrapped in layers and hidden in a sock drawer -- has been made public. Peer into an online journal, and you find the operatic texture of teenage life with its fits of romantic misery, quick-change moods and sardonic inside jokes.

Exposing Kids to Gay Themes in Library Books

Robin "In My Book" Blum spotted some Some Letters To The LATimes on "Exposing Kids to Gay Themes in Library Books."

"With all respect to the librarians of the world, theirs is not a job that demands much by way of physical courage. If they cannot find the intellectual strength to recognize narrow-minded bigots when they meet them, perhaps they should look for another line of work."

NYPL Branch Reaching Out to Teens

Here's a New York Times piece about the Donnell Branch of the New York Public Library, its "Teen Central" area and librarian, Sandra Payne, who is charged with making the library more teen-friendly. Most of the article focuses on Payne, her background, and her work as the acting coordinator of youth services. The article serves as a foil to all the recent high-visibility publicity about the (love-it-or-hate-it) Librarian Action Figure.

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