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By Craig Kennet Miller | Curated by Craig Kennet Miller, learn about the digital life of children and teens, those born from 2000 to 2017.

This Map Shows How Low States Education Spending Has Gotten

State policymakers who discover that they put less of a premium on education than Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad may want to rethink their budgets …

Bashar al-Assad

Parents Television Council Calls on Netflix to Pull 13 Reasons Why

The Parents Television Council asked this week for Netflix to pull the popular series <i>13 Reasons Why,</i> now in its second season on the streaming …

Justin Timberlake

The Best Explanation for Our Spate of Mass Shootings Is the Least Comforting

On another terrible day, I hate to introduce even more pessimism, but when we discuss mass shootings, one of the first questions we ask is the …

Guns

Watch Ariana Grande & The Roots Jam with Nintendo Labo

In January this year, <i>Highsnobiety</i> reported that Nintendo was working on a series of cardboard toys for its Switch console called Nintendo Labo. The …

Nintendo Labo

These Are the Only Colleges That Regularly Give Students a $1 Million Payoff

See which graduates get the biggest bump.<p>If you want to set yourself up for earning big after college, you can’t just bank on having a degree from a …

College & University

One space between each sentence, they said. Science just proved them wrong.

In the beginning, the rules of the space bar were simple. Two spaces after each period. Every time. Easy.<p>That made sense in the age of the typewriter. Letters of uniform width looked cramped without extra space after the period. Typists learned not to do it.<p>But then, at the end of the 20th century, …

Typography

Gen Z Reaching Epidemic Levels of Loneliness? Startling New Study Says We Should Stop Blaming Facebook

The real causes are working too much, lack of sleep, and lack of physical activity.<p>We all need to spend more time with each other.<p>That's a recent finding after researchers surveyed 20,000 people over 18, asking 20 questions about anxiety, depression, and loneliness.<p>The questions, based on the UCLA …

Social Media

The Boy Scouts' New Name Change Is an Epic Fail (And a Giant, Unintentional Gift to the Girl Scouts)

Everything about this says "decision by committee." And it's not a good decision.<p>So much for the Boy Scouts. The 108-year-old Boy Scouts of America organization is making a massive change: renaming its flagship program.<p>It made sense in theory. Since the Boy Scouts are now trying to recruit girls, …

Boy Scouts of America

The puzzling way that writing heals the body

Can writing about pain and secret feelings really help boost your body’s immune system? BBC Future investigates.<p>In 1986 the psychology professor James Pennebaker discovered something extraordinary, something which would inspire a generation of researchers to conduct several hundred studies. He …

Immune System

11 Unique Labo Designs From Nintendo Fans

Nintendo's cardboard creative system Labo is out, and people are already making some cool things with it.<p>Labo is currently available in two standard …

A New Secret Has Been Found In The Master Trials For Breath Of The Wild

The game that keeps on giving

America’s villages are collapsing—so who’s raising the children?

Almost four years ago, I sat in my daughter’s nursery, stressed and anxious. I felt the walls of parenthood pressing in. Our nanny had just quit with no notice, our second daughter was due in six weeks, I had preschool applications to write for our 2-year-old, and the constant work pressures that …

11 Games You Didn't Know About (But Should)

We cover a <i>lot</i> of games here on IGN, but amid all the noise it can be difficult for some of the most quietly creative games to be heard.<p>Here are 11 …

Schools must do better to prepare students for a freelance future

One-third of working Americans now identify as freelancers. This trend is expected to continue. It's estimated that freelancers will make up the majority of the workforce in the next decade.<p>That doesn't mean that the next generation will be disproportionately composed of Uber drivers. Rather, …

Fortnite Mobile’s shocking daily revenue will make your eyes water

There’s no question that <i>Fortnite</i> is one of the most popular games around, especially now that it’s made the jump to mobile devices. While <i>Fortnite</i> …

Vaping now an epidemic among US high schoolers

<b>(CNN) —</b> A sharp spike in vaping and the use of e-cigarettes by students has grabbed the attention of the US Food and Drug Administration.<p>The rapid spread of the fad was flagged in a 2016 report from the US surgeon general. It cited a 900% increase in e-cigarette use by high school students from …

Public Health

Amazon customers are freaking out after their accounts were closed — and they say it reveals the dark side of the company's 'totalitarian power'

Over the last week, Amazon has closed hundreds to thousands of customers' accounts with no warning. The outcry was immediate, with furious customers organizing online and threatening class-action lawsuits against the company.<p>The backlash may seem out of proportion to some. What's the big deal about …

eCommerce

The idea that we each have a 'learning style' is bogus — here's why

When I was at school, a fair amount of time was put into determining our "learning styles." Teachers told us that some people learn better visually with pictures, whereas others retained information by reading or making notes. To be honest, I never worked out what mine was.<p>In a survey, 96% of …

A New Black American Dream

Daddy lives in a quiet corner of Virginia, on the same country road his grandmother walked in the early 1900s. Recently, he shared with me some writings he’s been keeping for years — little remembrances, ideas about what constitutes a loving family, what makes a man. One of the essays describes the …

Women of Color

‘I Can’t Stop’: Schools Struggle With Vaping Explosion

The student had been caught vaping in school three times before he sat in the vice principal’s office at Cape Elizabeth High School in Maine this winter and shamefacedly admitted what by then was obvious.<p>“I can’t stop,” he told the vice principal, Nate Carpenter.<p>So Mr. Carpenter asked the school …

Public Health

The 5 biggest announcements from the Apple education event

Apple took its annual spring event out of California and hosted it at a high school in Chicago this year, promising to focus its newest products toward the education market that’s been dominated by Google and Microsoft. The keynote was condensed into just one hour, most of which revolved around all …

The Growing College Graduation Gap

First, some good news: In recent decades, students from modest backgrounds have flooded onto college campuses. At many high schools where going to college was once exotic, it’s now normal. When I visit these high schools, I see college pennants all over the hallways, intended to send a message:</i> …

College & University

There Used to Be Consensus on How to Raise Kids

Dr. Benjamin Spock, the 20th-century icon of parenting expertise, has been replaced by a chorus of conflicting ideas and advice.<p><i>This article is part of Parenting in an Uncertain Age, a series about the experience of raising children in a time of great change.</i><p>As I think of today’s parents, who fear …

Parenting

Fortnite - what is it, what does it involve and why is it so popular?

When it comes to kids and crazes, parents often like to be in the know about their child is interested in and why it is so important to them.<p>At the …

Nintendo Switch’s one-year anniversary: Looking back on a breakout year

Five huge-selling titles for a console that shattered records itself<p>Today is the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Nintendo Switch. And boy, was that a day of days — a console debut smack in the middle of Game Developers Conference 2017. Let’s take a look back at the year it had, because it …

New Guidelines Redefine Birth Years for Millennials, Gen-X, and 'Post-Millennials'

You hear about Millennials, Generation X, and the Baby Boomers all the time, but it’s not always clear who’s a part of these groups. In fact, all of …

Propaganda, lies and social media: Harvard's Nicco Mele on how the tech we love hurts us

Five years ago. Nicco Mele warned that technology — particularly social media — was taking power from big institutions and and giving it to individuals.<p>When used for good, he said in his 2013 book “The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath,” new technologies could empower …

Regular people who went undercover at a high school found cell phones pose a bigger problem than adults can imagine

High school isn't what it used to be.<p>In fact, rapidly changing technology has made the typical American high school experience nearly unrecognizable for the average adult.<p>No technological advance has changed the game more than smartphones, according to seven young adults who relived their …

Social Media

Four reasons the NRA should fear the Parkland student survivors

<b>(CNN) —</b> They're just kids. Naïve. Idealistic dupes manipulated by left-wing, gun-control groups.<p>That's how some critics are describing the Florida school shooting survivors who have emerged in recent days as impassioned gun control advocates.<p>But those who've led and studied movements describe them …

Gun Control