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The Power Of "Squid Game" Netflx's Surprise Smash Hit

October 7th, 2021
By : Juliet Bennett Rylah Source : The Hustle South Korean drama “Squid Game” has exploded in meme-form on the internet and, according to Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, may become Netflix’s most popular original series ever. Squid game! Sounds fun? Wrong! In “Squid Game,” people play simple children’s games, like “Red Light, Green Light.” If they win all 6 games, they get a piece of a ~$38m pot. Lose even 1 and they’re dead. It might sound like torture-porn a la “Saw,”...
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How Lego Won The Pandemic Game

October 7th, 2021
By : Rob Litterst Source : The Hustle Playtime has been moving online for years now. In January 2020, the CDC reported the following screen time statistics: US children between 8-10 spend an average of 6 hours per day in front of a screen US children between 11-14 spend an average of 9 hours per day in front of a screen Despite the pandemic accelerating the trend, Lego is proving that kids still have an appetite for analog toys. The company is already considered the top toymaker in the world and cemented that status...
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Teenagers Being Trained To Drive 18 Wheelers Amid Truck Driver Shortage

October 6th, 2021
By : IE Staff Source : Inside Edition Inside Edition visited student participants of Patterson High School who are participating in one of the first truck-driving programs for high schoolers in the U.S. Hiring teenagers might help with the nationwide truck driver shortage, but you still don't generally see them behind the wheel of a big rig. Now that's changing. Inside Edition spoke to a California 17-year-old, named Isabella, as she trained behind the wheel. She’s one of several teens at Patterson High School who are...
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Psychedelic Use On The Rise As Gen Z Seeks To ‘Enhance Connectedness’

September 23rd, 2021
By : Max Daly Source : Vice News The recreational use of psychedelics is on the rise in the US in the wake of COVID-19 and amid increasing acceptance of the drug as a medicine. In the last three years the use of hallucinogens such as LSD and magic mushrooms among young people in the US has jumped, according to the latest data from the annual Monitoring the Future survey, carried out by the University of Michigan. Last year, when the US went through COVID-related lockdowns, 8.6 percent of US college students and 7.6 percent of young...
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Facebook Internal Documents Show Company Knows Instagram Is Terrible for Teenage Girls

September 23rd, 2021
By : Lucas Nolan Source : Breitbart According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, social media giant Facebook is aware that its Instagram photo-sharing platform can have a negative effect on the body image of young women. One of Instagram’s internal presentations admits: “We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls.” In a recent report titled “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show,” the Wall Street Journal claims that Facebook is aware that...
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Twenty One Pilots To Perform 'Pioneering Interactive Virtual Concert' On Gaming Platform

September 23rd, 2021
By : Murray Stassen Source : Music Business Worldwide Having hosted large-scale virtual concerts by superstar artists like Lil Nas X and Zara Larsson, gaming paltform Roblox will now serve as the virtual location for a forthcoming Twenty One Pilots event, described in a media release as “a pioneering interactive virtual concert powered by the latest Roblox technology”. Roblox and Warner Music Group announced the news today, with the forthcoming ‘Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience’ described by WMG’s Oana...
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Teenagers Arrested Planning Columbine Style Florida School Shooting

September 23rd, 2021
By : Wilson Wong Source : NBC News Two teenagers were arrested Thursday after authorities said they plotted to commit a mass shooting at a Florida middle school. The 13- and 14-year-old boys were charged with conspiracy to commit a mass shooting after a student told a teacher that one of them had a gun in his backpack Wednesday at Harns Marsh Middle School in Lehigh Acres, about 15 miles east of Fort Myers, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said during a press conference. "This could have been the next Parkland massacre, but we...
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Kanye West's And Drake's Albums Battle It Out On The Charts

September 14th, 2021
By : Murray Stassen Source : Music Business Worldwide Blockbuster albums have been in short supply these past 18 months. While the likes of the Weeknd’s Blinding Lights (March 2020) and Taylor Swift’s Folklore (July 24, 2020) certainly impressed on streaming services, they couldn’t get close to the kind of numbers pulled in by all-time record breakers on the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. In fact, for a minute there, it looked like no new albums would ever smash play-count records on major streaming platforms...
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The Impact Of Men Quitting Watching Porn (The Guardian)

September 14th, 2021
By : Simon Usborne Source : The Guardian Thomas discovered pornography in the traditional way: at school. He remembers classmates talking about it in the playground and showing each other videos on their phones during sleepovers. He was 13 and thought it was “a laugh”. Then he began watching pornography alone on his tablet in his room. What started as occasional use, at the beginning of puberty, became a daily habit. Thomas (not his real name), who is in his early 20s, lived with one of his parents, who he says did not care...
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Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Breaks Apple Music Records - Hits #1 In 152 Countries

August 31st, 2021
By : Ethan Shanfeld Source : Variety Kanye West and his long-awaited new album “Donda” are already breaking records on Apple Music. The album, which dropped by surprise on Sunday, set a new record by reaching No. 1 on Apple Music’s Top Albums chart in 152 countries in 24 hours. According to Apple, in the album’s first full day of release, “Donda” was streamed over 60 million times in the U.S. Of the top 20 spots on Apple Music’s Daily Top 100 Global songs chart, 19 were from “Donda,”...
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Olivia Rodrigo Gives Writing Credit To Paramore On 'Good 4 U'

August 26th, 2021
By : Jason Lipshutz Source : Billboard The credits for “Good 4 U,” Olivia Rodrigo’s Billboard Hot 100-topping hit, have been updated to acknowledge an interpolation of Paramore’s 2007 single “Misery Business.” Sources with knowledge of the situation confirm that Paramore leader Hayley Williams and former guitarist Josh Farro, who co-wrote “Misery Business,” are now credited as writers on “Good 4 U,” alongside Rodrigo and producer-songwriter Daniel Nigro. The listing was changed...
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For King & Country, Lauren Daigle Debut New Tracks On Hot Christian Songs Chart

August 26th, 2021
By : Jim Asker Source : Billboard For King & Country, the duo of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, bounds onto Billboard's Aug. 21-dated Hot Christian Songs chart, which blends airplay, sales and streaming data, with "Relate" at No. 15. The pair claims its 31st entry on the chart, a sum that includes 16 top 10s. The song, released Aug. 6 and set to be included on the act's upcoming album, hauled in 1.1 million U.S. streams in the week ending Aug. 12, according to MRC Data, and opens at No. 22 on Christian Streaming Songs....
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Drummer Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones Backbone, Dies At 80

August 25th, 2021
By : Jill Lawless and Gregory Katz Source : AP News LONDON (AP) — Charlie Watts, the self-effacing and unshakeable Rolling Stones drummer who helped anchor one of rock’s greatest rhythm sections and used his “day job” to support his enduring love of jazz, has died, according to his publicist. He was 80. Bernard Doherty said Tuesday that Watts “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.” “Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as...
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Taylor Swift Joins TikTok, Lip-Syncs To Rap Song With Lyrics About Her

August 25th, 2021
By : Nicholas Rice Source : People Taylor Swift has officially joined TikTok! On Monday morning, the 31-year-old singer joined the popular video-sharing app, which she celebrated by posting her first-ever clip. Set to the tune of the song "Screwface Capital" by British rapper Dave, the seconds-long clip sees Swift channeling through the eras of her most recent bodies of work — themed outfits included — such as 2020's Folklore and Evermore, as well as the re-release of her 2008 LP, Fearless, earlier this year. The...
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Gen Z Wants To Talk About Faith (Barna)

August 20th, 2021
By : Daniel Silliman Source : Christianity Today Treyson West doesn’t have a name for it, but if you want to call it evangelism, that’s fine. He doesn’t think he has a strategy or model for trying to change people’s beliefs, though. He’s just interested in friendship and reliance on the Holy Spirit. “The big thing is showing somebody what their identity could be through Christ,” says the 19-year-old high school graduate in the suburbs of Dallas. “Everybody is pushing you to be polarized....
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How Risky Are Concerts? Billboard Asked An Infectious Disease Expert

August 20th, 2021
By : Steve Knopper Source : Billboard For a year and a half during the pandemic, concerts seemed more dangerous than just about any other setting. Then came vaccines, and shows trickled back, from Madison Square Garden to Red Rocks Amphitheatre -- until the fast-spreading delta variant ripped through a Netherlands festival, leading to 1,000 infections, and the Foo Fighters postponed a show after a member of the band's organization tested positive. Then Chicago public-health officials reported just 203 of Lollapalooza's 385,000 attendees...
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University Of Alabama Rush Has Taken Over TikTok (NBC News)

August 20th, 2021
By : Kalhan Rosenblatt Source : NBC News When Greg George first saw TikTok videos of young women at the University of Alabama going through the sorority recruitment process, also known as "rush," he was confused. Many of the videos, which in the last week have flooded the feeds of TikTok users across the country, show potential new members — or PNMs, as they are called in the sorority and fraternity community — showing off their outfits for themed events and naming the brand or store each item comes from. Other...
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The Weeknd's 'Blinding Lights' Spends Record-Breaking 88th Week On Billboard Hot 100

August 18th, 2021
By : Gary Trust Source : Billboard The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" logs a record-breaking 88th week on the Billboard Hot 100 (on the chart dated Aug. 21). It passes Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," which spent 87 weeks on the survey in 2012-14. "Blinding Lights," released on XO/Republic Records, debuted at No. 11 on the Hot 100 dated Dec. 14, 2019. The song, which ranks at No. 18 in its 88th week, hit No. 1 for its first of four weeks on top on the chart dated April 4, 2020. Over its run, it has rewritten the...
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Billie Eilish And The Pursuit Of Happiness (Rolling Stone)

August 12th, 2021
By : Brittany Spanos Source : Rolling Stone From the outside, the house isn’t terribly different from others on the block: a cozy bungalow in L.A.’s Highland Park neighborhood with an old lilac tree blooming near the entrance. In fact, it’s legendary: the place where a prodigal teenager and her older brother recorded the album that made Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell the queen of Gen-Z pop. It’s a location familiar to any Eilish fan, and at first glance on an absurdly beautiful day in April, not much...
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Kids And Cars: Teenagers In No Rush To Start Driving

August 12th, 2021
By : Associated Press Source : Fox 8 Automakers are facing a challenge with the newest generation of drivers: The teenagers of today aren’t in a hurry to get their first car, let alone a driver’s license. Statistics show that over the last three decades the percentage of 18-year-olds with drivers’ licenses has dropped nearly 20%. Some of the teens surveyed say they prefer using more environmentally-friendly options instead of driving themselves, as well as ride-sharing services. Others admitted they find driving too...
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Preparing Teenagers For Challenges To Free Speech

August 11th, 2021
By : Christine Folmar Source : The Gospel Coalition As a Christian student on my college campus, I’ve experienced ridicule, threats, and ostracization. Unfortunately, this isn’t out of the ordinary for students who speak up for Christ. Taking lives in the womb, abandoning God’s design for sex and marriage, and denying God’s image reflected in male and female are enthusiastically endorsed by secular college campuses across the country. Many universities teach LGBTQ tenets as fact and shame into silence those who...
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Aaliyah's Music To Return After A Decade

August 6th, 2021
By : Dan Rhys and Gary Mitchell Source : Billboard The singer’s biggest albums have been unavailable for a decade. Now her uncle, who founded her label, has a deal with EMPIRE to release them on streaming services. But Aaliyah’s estate isn’t happy about it.  read more...
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The Year’s Biggest Concert Belongs To A Christian Rapper

July 30th, 2021
By : Lucas Shaw Source : Bloomberg One day in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, concert promoter Dan Fife was stuck at home when he came across a photo in Pollstar magazine of Mads Langer, a Danish singer-songwriter, performing at a drive-in theater. The image of the socially distanced show gave Fife an idea. His company, Awakening Events, typically promotes about 350 concerts a year. But at the moment everything was at a standstill due to the coronavirus. Eager to get his employees back to work, Fife and his team tracked down...
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John Mayer's 'Sob Rock' Rules At No. 1 On Billboard's Top Album Sales Chart

July 29th, 2021
By : Keith Caufield Source : Billboard John Mayer’s Sob Rock rules Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, as the singer-songwriter’s latest studio set debuts atop the list (dated July 31). The set sold 61,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending July 22, according to MRC Data -- the biggest debut sales week for an album in nearly two months, since Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour started with 72,000 copies at No. 1 (June 5-dated chart).  read more...
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Kari Jobe Says Thousands At Bieber's Freedom Concert Experienced 'Presence Of God'

July 29th, 2021
By : Jeannie Ortega Law Source : The Christian Post The Los Angeles Freedom Experience concert headlined by Justin Bieber over the weekend was lauded as a major success by singer Kari Jobe who told fans that what they experienced at the event was "the presence of God." The 1DayLA charity event brought together 20,000 volunteers across Southern California to give back to their communities. Following a day of service, volunteers were invited to attend a worship concert hosted by Jason Kennedy of E! News and led by pop star...
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Parents' Fears Over Sexting And Abuse Among Teenagers

July 28th, 2021
By : Branwen Jeffreys and Katherine Smith Source : BBC A vivid picture of sexual assaults and harassment in teenagers' lives has been laid bare in recent months but parents rarely speak about the emotional turmoil they face. Here, two of them tell their stories.  read more...
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Mark Zuckerburg Wants Churchgoers To Connect With God On Facebook

July 28th, 2021
By : Alana Mastrangelo Source : Breitbart Mark Zuckerberg believes the coronavirus pandemic has created a new opportunity for Facebook to grow. His plan involves incentivizing churchgoers — who have become familiar with virtual services over the past year due to lockdowns — to permanently move their religious worship online.  read more...
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Kanye West Living In Atlanta Stadium Until He Finishes 'Donda'

July 28th, 2021
By : Tyler McCarthy Source : Fox News Kanye West is currently living inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta until he finishes work on his 10th studio album "Donda." A representative for the performer said Monday that West planned to remain inside the stadium while working to complete the album following a star-studded listening session that took place there Thursday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. read more...
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Billie Eilish Is Making Her Disney+ Debut

July 22nd, 2021
By : Gil Kaufman Source : Billboard  Billie Eilish will make her Disney+ debut on Sept. 3 with the concert special Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles. The singer's upcoming album, Happier Than Ever, will drop on July 30, and according to an announcement on Thursday (July 22), the special will feature intimate performances of every song from the 16-track collection in sequential order for the first and only time. read more...  
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Root Of Teenage Empathy Begins With Secure Home Relationships (New Study)

July 16th, 2021
By : Sarah Molano Source : CNN Teenagers who have close, secure relationships with their families are more likely to extend empathy to their peers, according to a new study. More specifically, when teens feel safe, supported by and connected to parents or other adult caregivers, they are better equipped to pass the empathy they receive on to others. "I don't think teens in particular like being told what to do, and I don't think it's going to work to tell teens they should empathize with other people," said Jessica Stern,...
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Sharenting: Solving The Problem Of Parents And Kids On Instagram

July 16th, 2021
By : Tim Elmore Source : Growing Leaders It all started when April, Christine’s youngest daughter, was five years old. Christine knew April would be their family’s last baby and wanted to document each milestone and comical moment of her childhood. By the time she was ten, April was avoiding photo ops; shying away from the camera. By 13, when she had a phone of her own, April witnessed on social media just how much mom had posted on both Facebook and Instagram. She felt violated. Eventually, as a teen, April requested her mom...
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BTS, Olivia Rodrigo Early Front-Runners For Big Four Nominations At 2022 Grammys

July 16th, 2021
By : Paul Grein Source : Billboard  The Recording Academy’s bombshell announcement in April that it’s disbanding its nominations review committees means that, for the first time in 27 years, voting members will have the final say on the nominations in the Big Four categories. The change makes the Grammy nominations even harder to predict than usual. That’s because the committee’s patterns — striving for gender, genre and racial diversity and generally steering clear of legacy, deceased and controversial...
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Britney Spears' New Attorney Says Father Jamie Must Step Aside

July 16th, 2021
By : Associated Press Source : Billboard A judge allowed Britney Spears to hire an attorney of her choosing at a hearing Wednesday (July 14) in which she broke down in tears after describing the “cruelty” of her conservatorship. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny approved Spears hiring former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, who called on Spears’ father to immediately resign as her conservator.  read more...
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Coffee Prices Soar After Bad Harvests And Insatiable Demand

July 14th, 2021
By : Will Horner and Jeffrey T. Lewis  Source : Wall Street Journal Global coffee prices are climbing and threatening to drive up costs at the breakfast table as the world’s biggest coffee producer, Brazil, faces one of its worst droughts in almost a century. Prices for arabica coffee beans—the main variety produced in Brazil—hit their highest level since 2016 last month. New York-traded arabica futures have risen over 18% in the past three months to $1.51 a pound. London-traded robusta—a stronger-tasting...
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Young Americans More Religiously Diverse (2020 Census Of American Religion)

July 9th, 2021
By : PRRI Staff  Source : PRRI Seven in ten Americans (70%) identify as Christian, including more than four in ten who identify as white Christian and more than one-quarter who identify as Christian of color. Nearly one in four Americans (23%) are religiously unaffiliated, and 5% identify with non-Christian religions. read more...
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Fourth Of July Recap: interlinc Webmaster Shreds National Anthem

July 9th, 2021
 Little known fact… interlinc’s long-term webmaster Gawain Reifsnyder is a killer guitarist who formerly played with Take 6. His backporch salute to the Star Spangled Banner on Sunday needed to get far far beyond his neighborhood and his wife’s post…. So here it is… Pass it along and send Gawain a note to info@interlinc-online.com
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What Year Is It? #1 iTunes Albums Are 40 (Queen) & 50 (Joni Mitchell) Years Old

July 7th, 2021
By : Roger Friedman Source : Showbiz 411 What year is it again? Over the weekend, Queen’s Greatest Hits went to number 1 on iTunes. Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” is number 2. read more...
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Britney Spears Wants Her Conservatorship to End: Here's What Happens Next

June 25th, 2021
By : Taylor Mims Source : Billboard Through a virtual appearance Wednesday, Britney Spears made an impassioned request to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny to end her 13-year conservatorship. The 39-year-old singer spoke openly in court about her conservatorship for the first time since 2008 and likened her experience to being enslaved and sex trafficked. read more...
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Digital Generations: The Technology Gap Between Seniors, Parents, And Kids

June 23rd, 2021
By : Kyle Chivers Source : Norton There’s no sugarcoating the truth that different generations interact with technology differently. For a sweet comparison, just consider how it used to be the norm to knock on a neighbor’s door to borrow a cup of sugar — and your grandparents still might do just this. Nowadays, we can have an entire bag of sugar delivered to our doorsteps within a few clicks on a grocery delivery app. Tech-savviness isn’t necessarily something that runs in the family. To some degree, it’s...
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How Christian Values Bind Colts’ Carson Wentz And Frank Reich

June 22nd, 2021
By : Mike Wells Source : ESPN INDIANAPOLIS -- The bond between Colts coach Frank Reich and quarterback Carson Wentz can be traced to a three-minute car ride across the North Dakota State campus to the football facility. It was 2016 and Wentz was expected to be one of the top picks in the draft. Reich, then offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, wanted to sneak in a few extra minutes with his future quarterback -- and avoid being cramped in the rental car with his Eagles co-workers. In going over some of the things discussed in...
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Here Are All the 2021 CMT Music Awards Winners

June 11th, 2021
By : Katie Atkinson Source : Billboard  Here are all the winners from the 2021 CMT Music Awards, held on June 9 in Nashville, TN! 
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Millions In US Struggle Through Life With Few To Trust (AP Poll)

June 10th, 2021
By : Alexandra Olson Source : AP Karen Glidden’s loneliness became unbearable during the coronavirus pandemic. The 72-year-old widow, who suffers from vision loss and diabetes and lives far from any relatives, barely left her house in Champion, Michigan, this past year, for fear of contracting the virus. Finally vaccinated, she was looking forward to venturing out when her beloved service dog died last month. It doesn’t help that her circle of trusted friends has dwindled to one neighbor she counts on to help her shop, get to...
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5 Tips To Keep Your Kids Safe From Pornography

June 10th, 2021
By : Protect Young Minds Staff Source : Protect Young Minds The number for poison control is hanging on the fridge – check. You’re ready to hug your kids and wave goodbye to the babysitter. But wait! Did you go over any rules to keep kids safe from pornography? Consider this: The minute a babysitter enters your home (yay, date night!), you’ve also likely invited in a smartphone. Let’s go over a few ways to protect your kids from pornography when they’re being cared for by someone other than YOU. read more......
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Sexting Among Kids Is Bigger Than Ever (Wall Street Journal)

June 10th, 2021
By : Julie Jargon Source : Wall Street Journal Lauren Anjema was in sixth grade the first time a boy asked her to send him a nude photo of herself. “It was a ‘If you love me you’ll send me this’ kind of thing,” said Ms. Anjema, now 18. As social isolation and device usage soared during the pandemic, digital-media experts say the sharing of nude selfies and other sexually explicit messages among teens and tweens has only gotten worse. Bark, an online safety service that parents and schools can pay to monitor...
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Billboard Music Awards 2021 Winners

May 24th, 2021
Here are the winners from last night's Billboard Music Awards!
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Twenty One Pilots ‘Scaled And Icy’ Livestream : By The Numbers

May 24th, 2021
By : Gil Kaufman Source : Billboard Twenty One Pilots spent more than seven months planning, rehearsing and building the elaborate livestream that beamed out on Friday night (May 21). The hour-long event showcasing most of their new album, Scaled and Icy, incorporated more than half a dozen Broadway-style sets arrayed on the floor of their hometown Columbus, Ohio, arena -- the Schottenstein Center -- as well as roping in a full band to augment their usual two-man set-up, a troupe of dancers, a retro 1970s storyline and some fancy footwork...
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How Zoom Era Has Ruined Conversation

May 12th, 2021
By : Rachel Kurzius Source : Microsoft News When Rabbi Hannah Goldstein would talk to families before a funeral in pre-pandemic times, she remembers how they would share information about a loved one with her. Everyone tended to “jump in, and someone corrects a detail and then someone adds another piece of it,” recalls Goldstein, who works at Temple Sinai in D.C. “It’s collaborative. It’s like everyone’s sort of telling that story together. Oftentimes, I think when you’re remembering a loved one,...
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6 Steps To Safeguard Kids Using Popular Chat App Discord

May 7th, 2021
By : Protect Young Minds Staff Source : Protect Young Minds Ever heard of Discord? It’s a popular way for kids to chat with friends while playing Fortnite, Minecraft, or Among Us. You may have seen media reports warning parents about the dangers of Discord: hate speech, vulgar language, bullying, spreading malware, and even predators or human traffickers stalking kids on Discord. So what exactly is Discord? And can my teen safely use it? read more...  
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Spotify Monthly Active Users Up 24% Over 2020 – 345 Million

May 7th, 2021
By : Murray Stassen Source : Music Business Worldwide Spotify published its financial results for Q1 2021 today (April 28), revealing that its global Premium Subscriber base grew to 158 million in the quarter (ended March 31). That was up 21% year-on-year, but up by just 2%, or 3 million subscribers, on the 155m that SPOT counted at the end of the prior quarter (Q4 2020). The company’s total global Monthly Active Users, (MAUs), meanwhile, grew 24% year-on-year to 356m in Q1 2021 and by 3% compared to the previous quarter (Q4 2020)...
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YouTube’s Advertising Business Is Exploding... Up 2X On 2019

May 7th, 2021
By : Tim Ingham Source : Music Business Worldwide YouTube‘s advertising business is exploding. The platform’s latest revenue figures were revealed last week as part of the Q1 results of parent company Alphabet. They show that YouTube is now generating an average of over $2 billion every month from ads – and that it’s potentially on course to generate somewhere near to $30 billion across the course of this year. They also show that YouTube’s ad business materially closed the gap on...
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Being Bullied Leads To Thoughts Of Violence

May 7th, 2021
By : Robert Preidt Source : HealthDay News Bullied and mistreated teens are much more likely to fantasize about hurting or killing others, a new study warns. "One way to think about fantasies is as our brain rehearsing future scenarios," said lead author Manuel Eisner, director of the University of Cambridge Violence Research Center in the U.K. His research included more than 1,400 young people in Zurich, Switzerland, who were asked about their thoughts and experiences at ages 15, 17 and 20. Among other things, they were asked...
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How Screen Time Is Getting In The Way Of Teenager Sleep (New Research)

April 28th, 2021
By : Maddison Raynor Source : News Center Maine Remote-learning, scrolling on TikTok and Instagram, Snachatting friends -- teens and young adults are constantly staring at screens and these distractions can prevent teens from getting restful sleep. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, teens on average spend up to nine hours watching screens, including smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, TVs, and computers.  It seems like teens never get enough sleep, but the problem can be even bigger for children...
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Social Media Use In 2021(Pew Research)

April 23rd, 2021
By : Brooke Auxier and Monica Anderson Source : Pew Research Center Despite a string of controversies and the public’s relatively negative sentiments about aspects of social media, roughly seven-in-ten Americans say they ever use any kind of social media site – a share that has remained relatively stable over the past five years, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults.  Beyond the general question of overall social media use, the survey also covers use of individual sites and apps. YouTube and...
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How Much Of Your Stuff Does Big Tech Own?

April 23rd, 2021
By : Elizabeth Kolbert Source : The New Yorker On July 26, 2015, William Merideth’s daughter was sunbathing on the deck of their house, in Hillview, Kentucky, when a drone flew over the back yard. The girl rushed inside to tell Merideth, who rushed out. The drone had whizzed on, but it soon returned. It was, Merideth would later say, “hovering” above him when he decided to plug it with his shotgun. The drone, which cost its owner some fifteen hundred dollars, crashed into a nearby field. Merideth argued that he was...
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The Spending Life Of Teenagers: Chick-Fil-A, Nike And Bitcoin

April 22nd, 2021
By : Weston Blasi Source : Marketwatch American teens are spending their money on chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, athletic gear from Nike NKE, -1.15% and cryptocurrencies like bitcoin BTCUSD, -2.12%. The investment firm Piper Sandler PIPR, -0.86% released a semi-annual research project detailing the spending and usage habits of teenagers with an average age of 16.1 years old. Chick-fil-A dominated their food rankings as 18% of the 7,000 surveyed said their favorite restaurant was Chick-fil-A. Coming in at No. 2 was Starbucks SBUX,...
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Carrie Underwood-CeCe Winans Gospel Medley Lights Up ACMs & Fan Reaction

April 21st, 2021
By : Kayla Keegan Source : Good Housekeeping Many folks who watched the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards didn't think 2020's Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood got the love she deserved last night. While seeing Carrie and best-selling female gospel artist CeCe Winans crush their gospel medley at the 56th ACM Awards on Sunday night, some fans couldn't get over the fact that the American Idol alum hadn't been nominated this year in either the Female Artist of the Year or Entertainer of the Year categories.   read more...
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Culture Of ‘Jesus, Others, Yourself’ Leads To Baylor’s 1st Men’s Basketball Championship

April 7th, 2021
By : Jon Ackerman Source : Baptist Press Baylor jumped out to a 9-0 lead over Gonzaga on Monday night (April 5) and never looked back. By the time their dominating performance was over, the Bears had an 86-70 victory for the first men’s basketball national championship in school history. En route to the title, Baylor knocked off one of the greatest teams in NCAA history. The Bulldogs entered the championship game 31-0, looking to become the first unbeaten national champion since Indiana in 1976. They were the first undefeated team...
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Kristi Noem Vs Lil Nas X "We Are In A Fight For The Soul Of Our Nation"

March 31st, 2021
 By : David NG Source : Breitbart South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) has put her foot down in the controversy over Lil Nas X and his limited line of “Satan Shoes” sneakers, provoking a social media fight with the pop star. Gov. Noem singled out the controversial sneakers for criticism in a tweet Sunday. “Our kids are being told that this kind of product is, not only okay, it’s ‘exclusive,'” she wrote. “But do you know what’s more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul. We are in a...
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BTS Set Another Massive Guinness World Record With 'Dynamite'

March 18th, 2021
By : Gil Kaufman Source : Billboard By now, BTS have racked up so many records that you'd think there were none left. But you'd be wrong; Guinness World Records announced on Tuesday (March 16) that the K-pop septet officially notched yet another massive achievement thanks to their English-language smash "Dynamite." The colorful video for the song is now in the Guinness books for achieving the "most simultaneous viewers for a music video on YouTube Premieres." According to the record keepers, "Dynamite" set...
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Instagram Will No Longer Let Adults Message Teens Who Don’t Follow Them

March 17th, 2021
By : James Vincent Source : The Verge Instagram is introducing new policies limiting interactions between teenagers and adults to make its platform safer for young users. The app has banned adults from direct messaging teenagers who don’t follow them and is introducing “safety prompts” that will be shown to teens when they DM adults who have been “exhibiting potentially suspicious behavior.” Safety prompts will give teenage users the option to report or block adults who are messaging them. The prompts will...
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Kings Of Leon Will Be The First Band To Release An Album As An NFT

March 4th, 2021
By : Samantha Hissong Source : Rolling Stone On Friday, Kings of Leon will release their new album, titled When You See Yourself, in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT) — becoming the first band to ever do so. The band is actually dropping three types of tokens as part of a series called “NFT Yourself,” people involved in the project tells Rolling Stone. One type is a special album package, while a second type offers live show perks like front-row seats for life, and a third type is just for exclusive audiovisual art....
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Over 60,000 Songs Uploaded To Spotify Every Day (Music Business World)

February 25th, 2021
By : Tim Ingham Source: Music Business Worldwide  The mind-boggling amount of music being uploaded to Spotify continues to get even more mind-boggling. As part of Spotify’s ‘Stream On’ event on Monday (February 22), the company confirmed that more than 60,000 new tracks are now being ingested by its platform every single day. The figure, announced by Spotify’s co-Head of Music, Jeremy Erlich, means that across the course of this year, approximately 22 million tracks will be added to Spotify’s catalog....
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For Some Teenagers It’s Been A Year of Anxiety & Trips To The ER

February 24th, 2021
By : Benedict Carey Source : NY Times When the pandemic first hit the Bay Area last spring, Ann thought that her son, a 17-year-old senior, was finally on track to finish high school. He had kicked a heavy marijuana habit and was studying in virtual classes while school was closed. The first wave of stay-at-home orders shut down his usual routines — sports, playing music with friends. But the stability didn’t last. “The social isolation since then, over all this time, it just got to him,” said Ann, a consultant...
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Freaks and Geeks Now A Cult Favorite For Teenagers On TikTok

February 24th, 2021
By : Anna Grace Lee  Source : Esquire Freaks and Geeks is now streaming on Hulu for the first time ever, in its 18-episode entirety, with all its vital original music intact. The show premiered on NBC in September 1999 and was cancelled in 2000, after only 12 episodes aired (the remaining episodes were released later thanks to a movement of fans). As a remedy for the show's poor ratings, executives pushed for writers to give the cast of teenage characters "more victories." Creator Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow refused...
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Daft Punk Announces They’ve Split Up After 28 Years

February 24th, 2021
By : Jenna Amatulli Source : Huff Post Turns out when Daft Punk said, “We don’t stop, you can’t stop,” they weren’t being totally honest: The electronic dance music duo just announced that they’re splitting up. In a nearly eight-minute video titled “Epilogue,” excerpted from their 2006 film “Electroma,” the French pair walk their separate ways on a flat terrain, wearing metallic motorcycle hats and jackets that read “Daft Punk.” A timer ticks in the background...
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As Pot Legalization Spreads, More Teenagers Are Lighting Up

February 18th, 2021
By: Robert Priedt Source: US News TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- As pot gains in acceptance among adults, teenagers appear to be more tempted to try it, a new study out of California finds. After the state legalized marijuana use for adults in 2016, teens' use of the drug also climbed after years of steady decline. Researchers analyzed survey data from more than 3 million seventh-, ninth- and 11th-graders, who answered questions about their marijuana use from the 2010-11 school year through 2018-19. In the final two...
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Olivia Rodrigo's 'Drivers License' Tops Hot 100 For 5th Week

February 17th, 2021
By : Gary Trust Source : Billboard Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" dominates the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a fifth week, after soaring in at the summit four weeks ago. Plus, Cardi B's "Up" blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 2; The Weeknd doubles up in the top five following his Super Bowl LV halftime show performance, with "Blinding Lights" at No. 3 and "Save Your Tears" at No. 4; and the late Pop Smoke's "What You Know Bout Love" enters the top 10, rising from No. 13 to No. 10. Get...
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MTV Debuts Documentary On Teen Depression & Suicide

February 17th, 2021
Source : Local SYR As we near the one-year mark of Covid-19, studies show that the impact on the mental health of young people is staggering. Knowing that, Peabody Award Winning Filmmaker Alexandra Shiva set out on a mission to speak with some of those who have been impacted. Shiva spent months speaking with teens from across the country to help raise awareness about mental health and how others can get help. ...read more    
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Speeding On US Roads IS Taking Thousands Of Teenagers’ Lives

February 10th, 2021
By : Alan Mozes Source : Health Day MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half -- 43% -- of all fatal car crashes involving teens and their passengers are the result of speeding, a new automobile safety report reveals. The finding stems from an in-depth analysis of all fatal motor vehicle accidents across the United States between 2015 and 2019. During this five-year period, 4,930 teen drivers and passengers died in crashes involving speeding. And while the report acknowledges that deadly speeding is a problem at any age, it...
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Justin Bieber To Perform TikTok Concert On Valentine’s Day

February 10th, 2021
By : Gil Kaufman Source : Billboard The Feb. 14 show will be TikTok's first-ever long-form concert event. Justin Bieber will celebrate Valentine's Day on Sunday (Feb. 14) with a special first-ever performance of his 2013 fan-favorite album Journals via TikTok. The compilation, which gathered up the string of digital singles Bieber released as part of his Music Mondays series from Oct.-Dec. 2013 -- including the R&B-leaning songs "Heartbreaker," and "All That Matters" -- will be performed in the Live From the...
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Americans More Likely To Have Stronger Faith Amid Pandemic

February 3rd, 2021
By : John Burger Source : Aleteia Pew finds that COVID-19 outbreak, lockdowns, economic ills and limited church services have not weakened religion in U.S. In spite of severe restrictions on attending church services, the religious faith of Americans has grown stronger during the coronavirus pandemic. A Pew Research Center survey conducted last summer shows that more Americans than people in other economically developed countries say the COVID-19 outbreak has strengthened their faith and the faith of other Americans. Among 14...
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When Cell Phones Come Between Teenagers And Studying

January 20th, 2021
By : Angela Duckworth Source : The Philadelphia Inquirer Question: What temptation is hardest for teenagers to resist? Answer: Cell phones How do I know? I’ve been studying self-control in adolescence for nearly two decades, and increasingly, my data implicate cell phones as the single most potent temptation in the lives of young people. Phones are a limitless source of immediate gratification. Finished scrolling through your Instagram feed? You can rewatch an episode of The Office. Craving something else? There’s...
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Acne Is A True Teenager Issue: It’s Time To Treat It As Such

January 14th, 2021
By : Maria Krug Source : Inklings News I look down while walking through crowds of classmates hoping the fluorescent school lights won’t reveal the red bumps on my face. I shuffle through the halls praying to go unnoticed, only to be asked, “Why does your skin look like that?” This is a scenario that many teenagers with acne (including me) have experienced. We try to play it off cool and then hastily change the subject, putting up a mask to hide our insecurity. Acne, as harmless as it may appear, can take a toll on...
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Chat Service Discord Doubles Valuation To $7 Billion

January 14th, 2021
By : Marc Vartabedian Source : The Wall Street Journal Chat startup Discord Inc. roughly doubled its valuation to $7 billion in a financing that comes amid the service’s efforts to expand its user base beyond videogamers. The San Francisco-based company said it raised $100 million in a funding round led by venture-capital firm Greenoaks Capital, which was already an investor in the company. Discord makes voice- and text-communication software that is popular among computer and mobile gamers because it allows them to hang out...
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Cardi B Defends Not Letting Daughter Listen To ‘WAP’

January 14th, 2021
By : Glenn Rowley Source : Billboard Cardi B has no problem rapping about her "wet a-- p---y" (except for when Kulture is in the room). The rapper was recently jamming out to her salacious Billboard Hot 100 chart topper on Instagram Live, lip syncing to the hook until she spotted her two-year-old daughter walk in. "No, no, no, no!" Cardi shouts, quickly pausing the song and taking a sip of wine. Recently, Offset gave his wife his full support after Snoop Dogg criticized the Megan Thee Stallion collab for being too...
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What Is Sadfishing And Why Leaders & Parents Need To Know

December 31st, 2020
By : Whitney Fleming Source : Your Teen When my twin daughters were halfway through sixth grade, we started a shared Instagram account under our dog’s name. The three of us could post photos of our pet, and my girls could also do what they truly wanted, which was to follow their friends, many of whom had been on Instagram for a year or two already. More importantly, I could see everything that was going on to ensure that our first foray into social media was as safe as possible. As their friends list grew, I watched one...
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Justin Bieber Reportedly Studying To Be Minister

December 31st, 2020
By : Lee Brown Source : Page Six Justin Bieber is studying to become a minister — hoping to help lead Hillsong after the firing of his preacher pal Carl Lentz, according to a report. “Justin doesn’t plan to give up his music career, but he feels there’s a bigger calling out there for him,” a source told OK! magazine. “He wants to be a full-fledged minister next year,” the source insisted of the 26-year-old “Holy” singer. The pop superstar has long praised Hillsong for saving him...
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Teenager Isolation COVID-19 Report (Huffpost)

December 17th, 2020
By : Catherine Pearson Source : Huff Post When the COVID-19 pandemic first shuttered schools nationwide last spring, many teenagers were ecstatic. They could sleep in. Wear pajamas all day. Spend hours on social media. “At first, it was this cool thing,” said a 17-year-old in a new report co-written by The California Partners Project and The Child Mind Institute, which explores how teenagers are navigating their new normal during COVID-19. Months later, the novelty has worn off and teenagers are suffering. Interviews...
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Juice WRLD’s Legacy: One Year After Accidental Overdose (Billboard)

December 17th, 2020
By : Josh Glicksman Source : Billboard Juice WRLD’s death at age 21 last December from an accidental drug overdose left the music industry, his fan base and his team at Grade A Productions/Interscope (IGA signed him through a joint venture with Grade A in March 2018) grappling with the shocking loss of one of hip-hop’s most influential young stars. The rapper born Jarad Higgins seemed destined for a long career — and with the sheer volume of new music he left behind, his team could have immediately jumped on prolonging...
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TikTok's Top 10 Creators of 2020

December 11th, 2020
By : Palmer Haasch Source : Insider Over the past year, TikTok has proven that it can be a star vehicle, launching the careers of creators like Charli D'Amelio, Addison Rae, and a number of other influencers who have found a home on the short-form video platform. TikTok has curated a list of its "rising stars" — the top creators on the app in 2020. Among them, you'll find big-name influencers like D'Amelio and Rae as well as "the World's Favorite Mom" Tabitha Brown, known for her warm cooking content, and...
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Taylor Swift Dropping Second Surprise Album: 'We Just Couldn't Stop Writing Songs'

December 11th, 2020
By : Gil Kaufman Source : Billboard If you thought it was awesome to have one surprise Taylor Swift album this year, how would you feel about two? Swift shocked the TaylorNation on Thursday morning (Dec. 10) when she revealed that a second no-notice collection, the 15-track Evermore, would drop at midnight. "I’m elated to tell you that my 9th studio album, and folklore’s sister record, will be out tonight at midnight eastern. It’s called evermore," she wrote along with a rustic photo of the back of her head,...
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For KING & COUNTRY To Appear On Good Morning America Christmas Day!

December 9th, 2020
Source : Curb Nashville, TENN. – Four-time GRAMMY Award-winning duo and Curb | Word Entertainment recording artist for KING & COUNTRY will be making two special holiday appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America. The duo, made up of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, will be performing their spirited rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” on Christmas Day, and will be performing their No. 1 hit “joy.” on New Year’s Day, performing both songs at the historic Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville,...
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Kids Engaging In “Digital Self-Harm” (South Florida Hospital News)

December 4th, 2020
Source : South Florida Hospital News December 3, 2020 – Approximately 10 percent of Florida middle and high school students report having engaged in “digital self-harm” – they have cyberbullied themselves. It is an emerging form of self-harm that may be increasing among adolescents, according to a recent study led by an FIU researcher. Digital self-harm is when an individual anonymously posts mean or hurtful comments about themselves online, according to Ryan Meldrum, lead author of the study and associate...
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Carrie Underwood Launches Streaming Christmas Special

December 4th, 2020
By : Glenn Rowley Source : Billboard Carrie Underwood is about to get into the spirit of the season with her first-ever holiday special! She unveiled the trailer on Monday (Nov. 30), and it's sure to be a merry time. The country star will be starring in the HBO Max special on Dec. 3 to celebrate the release of her holiday album, My Gift, which was released Sept. 25 via Capitol Records Nashville. During the special, the American Idol champ will perform with a live orchestra and backing choir, belting out a variety of traditional holiday...
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Ultra-Processed Diet Puts Teens’ Hearts At Risk (American Heart Association)

December 2nd, 2020
Source : CT Post If you think the teenagers in your life have been eating a lot of unhealthy food – you're probably right. U.S. adolescents get about two-thirds of their calories from ultra-processed food, and the more they eat, the worse they score on important measures of heart health, a new study says. Nutritionists started using the term "ultra-processed food" about a decade ago. The study used a diet classification system called NOVA that sums it up as "snacks, drinks, ready meals and many other products...
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BTS Is First Group To Rule Billboard Hot 100 & Billboard 200 Charts

December 2nd, 2020
By : Billboard Staff Source : Billboard BTS has now spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, as its new LP Be debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (chart dated Dec. 5) with 242,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The seven-member South Korean superstars also score their third No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Life Goes On" debuts at the summit. It follows "Dynamite" (No. 3 this week) and the act's Jawsh 685/Jason Derulo collab "Savage Love (Laxed – Siren...
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Charli D’Amelio First To Hit 100 Million TikTok Followers

November 25th, 2020
By : Jacob Kastrenakes Source : The Verge Charli D’Amelio is the first TikTok creator to hit 100 million followers. She’s the first by some distance, too — only two other creators have cracked 50 million. On TikTok, that makes her more than twice as big as Will Smith, three times as big as The Rock, four times as big as Selena Gomez, and five times as big as Kylie Jenner and Ariana Grande. It also means she reached 100 million subscribers in record time. On YouTube, it took 14 years before any channel hit 100 million....
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Media Use By Kids Zero To Eight (Common Sense Media)

November 19th, 2020
Source : Common Sense This report presents the findings from the fourth wave of Common Sense Media’s ongoing series of surveys about the media lives of young children in the United States. The series began nearly a decade ago, in 2011; over this period, more than 5,700 respondents have been surveyed. As far as we are aware, this is the only nationally representative, probability-based study tracking the use of media by children from birth through age 8 in the United States. We do this study because of our conviction that media and...
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Teenagers Agree Tech Can Make Life Easier - and Harder (Barna)

November 19th, 2020
Source : Barna The information revolution has transformed the way everyone lives—but especially the youngest generations. Recent Barna data show that the average American teen receives their first smartphone at around 12 to 13 years of age and their first tablet around age 11. The U.S. childhood and adolescent experience is mediated by screens, both in and outside the home. In light of this, how should teens and their families respond to the new force shaping their lives? ...read more  
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Dolly Parton Helped Fund COVID Moderna Vaccine

November 18th, 2020
By : Timothy Bella Source : Chron As Dolly Parton tells it, her first-ever car accident in October 2013 was minor, but left her bruised and sore enough to seek medical advice at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. That's where she met Naji Abumrad, a physician and professor of surgery. Abumrad knew next to nothing about the beloved megastar with big, blond hair, but he soon befriended her because he deeply enjoyed their talks about current events and science. Their bond of nearly seven years received worldwide attention Tuesday after...
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2 Billion YouTube Users Are Playing Music Videos Every Month

November 18th, 2020
By : Tim Ingham Source : Music Business Worldwide What’s the biggest music streaming platform on the planet? If you guessed YouTube, you’re right. Mega right. The platform’s Global Head of Music, Lyor Cohen, has today (November 17) confirmed via a blog post that more than 2 billion logged-in YouTube users are now playing music on the platform each month. To put that into context, it’s more than six times the 320m Monthly Active Users (MAUs) who pressed play on a track on Spotify in Q3. What’s more,...
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Can Marijuana Help My Teenager Manage Anxiety?

November 18th, 2020
By : Christine Carter Source : Greater Good Magazine This is a good time for all of us parents to shore up our understanding of the pros and cons of cannabis, given this week’s wave of legalization votes. Four new states eased restrictions on marijuana. (In addition, Oregon passed two measures that legalize hallucinogenic mushrooms for medical purposes and decriminalized possession of small amounts of hard drugs like heroin—but we’ll leave information about those drugs for another column.) Your son is not alone. Just...
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New Device Puts Music In Your Head – No Headphones Required

November 12th, 2020
By : Louise Dixon Source : AP  LONDON (AP) — Imagine a world where you move around in your own personal sound bubble. You listen to your favorite tunes, play loud computer games, watch a movie or get navigation directions in your car — all without disturbing those around you. That’s the possibility presented by “sound beaming,” a new futuristic audio technology from Noveto Systems, an Israeli company. On Friday it will debut a desktop device that beams sound directly to a listener without the need for...
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Increased Screen Time For Kids Likely Here To Stay

November 6th, 2020
Source : eMarketer By : Mark Dolliver The screen-time wars are over in many households, with parents having surrendered en masse. In a period when large numbers of parents and school kids are stuck at home with one another, this is one battle many parents choose to forego, at least for now. Many parents feel incapable of doing otherwise. That came across in August–September polling fielded by OnePoll for Smith Micro Software. About seven in 10 parents of school-age kids declared themselves “helpless” to keep screen...
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How Your Favorite Songs Send Your Brain Into “Pleasure Overload” (Research)

November 4th, 2020
Source : Study Finds By : Chris Melore BESANCON, France — At some point or another, we all have experienced that joyful sensation when our favorite song comes on the radio. It can change your whole mood, especially when “that moment” in every song hits and sends chills down your spine. So what causes this hair-raising jolt to the system? French researchers say studies on the brain reveal many people go into pleasure overload when their favorite tunes start playing. Researcher Thibault Chabin and a team at the...
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