Research + News | Topic: Risky Behavior

Girl Chatting On FaceTime Struck And Critically Injured By Car

A teenage girl is hospitalized in critical condition after witnesses say she walked in front of a moving car while engaged in a video chat on her mobile phone. Read the article here.

How The Blue Whale Challenge Manipulates Teens

The game apparently coaxes vulnerable teens to take a series of 50 challenges ranging from waking at odd hours, to self mutilation to eventually killing themselves all the while sharing their experiences via social media with the administrators. Read the article here.

12 YouTube Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About

Learn about the viral Internet stunts kids can’t resist — and help them play it safe. Read the blog post from Common Sense Media here.

Millennials Eclipse Teens As Worst Drivers On The Road, AAA Study Finds

Rookie teenage drivers have long been seen as the worst motorists on the road, but now there’s evidence that their older cousins – millennials – may be the most reckless people behind the wheel.

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Teens Often Ignore Online Risks

New research finds that adolescents are more likely than adults to take online risks, regardless of the gamble involved. Read the article here.

Why Teenagers Get Suckered In By Social Media Dares

Several popular and life-threatening social media challenges have prompted warnings from public health officials over the last few years. What draws teens in? Read the article here.

Don’t Let Your Teenager Be The Next Kik Victim

Smartphone app popular among younger teens, Kik Messenger is on the defensive following the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl in Virginia who told friends she was using Kik to connect with an 18-year-old man. Read the article here.

New Survey of Teens Shows Parents Are Sending the Wrong Message by Texting While Driving

Teens report 2 out of 3 parents are texting while driving with them in the car. Read the article here.

3 Kinds of Apps That Stir Up Drama in Schools

As kids head back to school this fall, beware of social networking apps that appeal to negative impulses. Read the article from Common Sense Media here.

Japan Tries Online Detox for 500,000 Teenagers Addicted to the Internet

Digital detox centers are becoming more important at battling online obsessives. Read the article here.