- Jan 16 2020
College admissions officers are watching applicants’ social profiles.
College admissions officers are watching applicants’ social profiles. According to Kaplan Test Prep, 36% of officers looked at applicants’ profiles on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to learn more about them—up from 25% last year. The trend is currently on an upswing, despite having been on the decline three years prior. While Kaplan’s director warns students to “remain careful and strategic” about what they share online, 70% of applicants report being OK with colleges viewing their profiles. (Adweek)
- Jan 14 2020
Why are more young people cyberbullying themselves?
Why are more young people cyberbullying themselves? There has been a small rise in young people sending anonymous insults—to themselves. Nearly 9% of American adolescents have reportedly cyberbullied themselves, up from around 6% in 2016. Why would they digital self-harm? Seeing if anyone would stick up for them is one of the reasons, with a third saying it achieved what they hoped for. While the topic is still poorly understood, teachers and parents are trying to find ways to help known self-cyberbullies by directing them to counselors. (The Economist)
- Jan 10 2020
Michelle Obama’s new Instagram series will follow first-time college students navigating challenges.
Michelle Obama’s new Instagram series will follow first-time college students navigating challenges. The six-episode IGTV series A Year of Firsts will address the hurdles of balancing academics, making friends, navigating financial aid, and mental health. The goal of the series is to “creat[e] a supportive community,” and inspire students to pursue a college degree. For Instagram’s IGTV, exclusive series are their best bet at drawing in young viewers. Currently, 15% of 13-37-year-old social media users tell YPulse they use IGTV. (Business Insider, Fast Company)
- Jan 08 2020
Schools are banning bathroom breaks and holding random drug tests to curb student vaping.
Schools are banning bathroom breaks and holding random drug tests to curb student vaping. According to a federal survey, 5.4 million middle and high school students in the U.S. recently used e-cigarettes or vaping devices. Now schools are trying to stop “an entire generation of addicts” by banning bathroom breaks, incorporating random drug tests, and even starting weekend “vape schools” where teens attend hours-long lectures on the dangers of vaping. At a national level, there has been a ban of most Juul flavors, which caused some backlash. (WSJ)
- Jan 06 2020
Colleges are encouraging freshmen to use mental health apps, but privacy risks are a concern.
Colleges are encouraging freshmen to use mental health apps, but privacy risks are a concern. The American College Health Association reports that mental health problems among college students have increased significantly, with two in five students reporting they suffer from depression in 2018, and only 15% seeking help at a counseling center. Because universities are struggling to keep up with the demands of students’ mental health needs, apps like TAO Connect and YOU at College are being recommended as alternatives. But some experts worry that young users are giving up private information to be used for marketing purposes by signing up for these platforms. (Washington Post)
- Dec 11 2019
Young people are starting to take adulting courses.
Young people are starting to take adulting courses. YPulse’s adulting research found that 77% of young people find many things about being an adult overwhelming and they want their schools to teach real-life skills. But emphasis on high test scores has made home economics courses in high school more rare than ever. Now colleges and libraries around the country are meeting demand, providing adulting classes to teach skills like budgeting, time management, cooking, and more. One Adulting School instructor explains, “We’ve had clients who are [M]illennials having major anxiety that they didn’t have these skills and didn’t feel successful as an adult. There’s a lot of self-loathing that happens.” (LATimes)
- Oct 25 2019
College tuition has skyrocketed in the last decade.
College tuition has skyrocketed in the last decade. Private four-year school tuition and fees have increased 26% over the last ten years, and public school costs climbed 35% in the same period. A college education is now one of the biggest expenses Gen Z and Millennials will have in their lifetimes, second only to buying a home. Cuts to state funding for higher education is pushing most of the costs to students, contributing to increase. YPulse has found that college tuition is one of Gen Z and Millennials biggest financial worries right now, impacting their mental health, as well as their ability to conquer other financial milestones. (CNBC)
- Oct 23 2019
TikTok clubs are the latest trend in high schools around the country.
TikTok clubs are the latest trend in high schools around the country. In teacher-approved clubs focusing on the app, students are watching popular TikTok clips, creating skits, imitating dances, and strategizing on how to become TikTok famous. In other schools, students have been using TikTok for class projects and broadcasts. While some schools are still apprehensive about the app and block or limit it from their servers, one thing is for sure: TikTok is only continuing to grow in popularity. (NYT)
- Oct 23 2019
Student newspapers are filling a reporting void as local papers disappear.
Student newspapers are filling a reporting void as local papers disappear. From Michigan to Arizona, more than 2,000 newspapers have closed or merged, leaving more than 1,300 communities without any local news coverage. Student journalists have stepped in, with young reporters covering everything from politics to the #MeToo movement. But one major issue they face is the temporary nature of these students’ jobs, as they move on after graduation. (NYT)