10/27/17: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you’re busy—that’s why we’re keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed. (And don’t forget to take a peek at our brand-new website and let us know what you think!)


1. Is social media contributing to mental health problems and suicide?

Sadie Smith took her own life earlier this year, after dealing with bullying, mostly on social media. This comes at a time when a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis has recently confirmed that the suicide rate among teenage girls is higher than it's been in 40 years. And a study released this week in the UK suggests that self-harm has increased 68 percent from 2011 to 2014 among teenage girls. Experts say social media is just one of many problems contributing to teen suicide, but social media can cause feelings of loneliness and isolation, despite its promise to connect.


2. Distracted driving is still increasingly an issue

Especially among teens, distracted driving, usually in the form of texting while behind the wheel, is an increasing problem. Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens, and according to the American Automobile Association, while only six percent of teens condone texting while driving, 34 percent admit to having sent a text while driving in the past month. And according to the driver-safety organization TeenSafe, 40 percent of teens have been passengers while the driver (who could be an adult) was texting. While cell phones do not cause all distractions, text messaging is especially dangerous.

For more information on distracted driving, be sure to read Danger Behind the Wheel, and direct students to read Power Passenger Pledge at the end of the story. 


3. In Honolulu, pedestrians will now be fined for texting and walking

Pedestrians in Honolulu can now be fined up to $35 for viewing their phone screen while crossing the street. This comes at a time when many cities in the United States and around the world have enacted various laws and signage to prevent distracted walking. In Germany, after a teenager was struck and killed by a vehicle, one city installed pedestrian stop-and-go LED lights to help ensure safe crossing. Use this article to spur an in-class debate on pedestrian texting laws. What could be a drawback?


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