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06.02.15 Liam Mathews

Starting in September, New York City public high school kids will be instructed on how to properly put on a condom in health classes, the AP reports. Prior to the change in policy, students who wanted a demonstration rather than verbal instructions had to go to a “health resource room.” In a statement Monday, the […]

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05.15.15 Liam Mathews

On May 15, 1940, the first ever McDonald’s opened in San Bernadino, California. Little did the McDonald brothers know that 75 years later, their humble hamburger restaurant would be the biggest restaurant chain in the world and the preferred brawling location for New York City teens. A group of kids in Brooklyn celebrated the anniversary […]

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04.17.15 Liam Mathews

The New York Post reports that four teens, all 16 or 17, were caught scaling a staircase up to the lowest tower of the abandoned New York State Pavilion from the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. They were given summonses for trespassing. “These acts of trespassing go beyond simple rule-breaking. The towers are not […]

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04.08.15 Liam Mathews

Look at this kid! He’s an incredible athlete and also a big dumb-dumb. This video was originally posted by the Facebook group New Yorkers and shows a kid leaping between two subway islands at the Bedford-Nostrand stop on the G train. This is my stop, so I feel obligated to inform you that the center […]

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04.06.15 Liam Mathews

Don’t worry, lonely teen, it’s not just you: a poll by the federal Centers for Disease Control found that the percentage of New York City teenagers who report having had sex has decreased from 37.8% of respondents in 2011 to 31.2% in 2013, the New York Post reports. This percentage is the lowest since the […]

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08.18.14 Marina Galperina

Andy Henriquez died in his solitary confinement cell from a torn aorta, in severe pain, while guards ignored his and other inmates’ cries for help, DNAinfo reports.  After a shocking report detailing institutionalized abuse, rights violations, a “culture of violence” and frequent medical emergencies experienced by young inmates at Rikers Island, other cases of systemic corruption are being brought to light, […]

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05.07.14 Andy Cush

Sup, tweens? A radical lady named danah boyd has a new book called It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, which aims to demystify the totally gnarly ways in which millennials like us use Snapchat, Twitter, and Facestagram. Sweet. In a Q&A with the Associated Press, boyd (not Boyd, capital letters are for olds) dispels the notion that […]

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04.28.14 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, Brooklyn and web-based performance artist and playwright Ann Hirsch speaks candidly about Twelve, a digital media piece inspired by her cybersexual preteen relationship with an older man, which was turned into an app and censored by Apple for […]

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10.23.13 Andy Cush

As if you needed another reason to be grateful that you’re not a teen or tween out there in the cold world today: the current generation of adolescents is more likely than you were to contract genital herpes. And no, it’s not because they’re having more sex. It could be oral sex, though. Two things […]

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09.13.13 Andy Cush

And the winner of a server that once held some Wikileaks’ Iraq War information, sold at auction on eBay this week, is a 17-year-old who used daddy’s account without his permission. The final bid? $33,000. Naturally, dad–an industrial worker in Portugal–wasn’t happy with the purchase, and was able to retract his deal. “My son is 17 […]

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