Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, ‘hippy crack’ or ‘nos’ has become the latest craze and popular drug for young people today... It’s usually inhaled through a balloon, and the affects include a feeling of relaxation, euphoria and fits of laughter (hence it’s name) and often it’s taken at parties or in groups of people. Tons and tons of my friends have inhaled the gas at some point, and because it’s easy to get your hands on (legal to buy over 18) but still induces similar calming affects as smoking or alcohol can, and even ‘an intense feeling of euphoria… likened to taking a ‘snort’ of cocaine’, it is the perfect party favor.
I remember the first time I heard about ‘nos’ I had no idea what it was or if it was dangerous, so I asked some of my friends if it had health risks, what it actually does to the body, and they were under the impression it didn’t have any – all it did was make you a little ‘giggly and chilled’. To almost any teenager, that does sound pretty appealing, but there’s a lot more going on than most young people want to know.
Self-abuse has become a ‘norm’ for teenagers today. The surrounding statistics are on the rise, and the age of which young people are starting, what for some turns into an addiction, is lowering and lowering.
The trending hashtag #Cut4Zayn is ‘flooding social media’ sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at the moment - 22 year old Zayn Malik left the very popular band One Direction, which has resulted in thousands of (mostly) teenage girls to begin self harming – some quite severely, cutting words like, ‘Come back Zayn’ or ‘We need you Zayn’ in their arms – and posting pictures of their arms/legs etc. on social media with #Cut4Zayn as the comment, or using hashtags similar such as #Cut41D.
The hashtag has been used 90,000 times on Twitter already, even though he only split from the band a few short days ago. Over the last couple of years, there have been a few other hashtags used by thousands that have encouraged and advertised self harm, for example #cuttingforbieber spread through social media very quickly when Justin Bieber was spotted and photographed smoking marijuana, as a form of protest that he stop smoking.
Could energy drinks (e.g. red bull, monster energy) and highly caffeinated soft drinks be gateway drugs to much more damaging substances like alcohol, nicotine and marijuana? Researchers found that in fact - they are! Might it be time to consider the effect all that caffeine is having on your body? Natural News reports...
'Teens who use energy drinks more likely to smoke, use alcohol, take drugs'.
‘A new study has found that energy drinks may be a sort of gateway drug to smoking, alcohol and drug use for teens.…Nearly one-third of American teenagers drink high-caffeine energy drinks, or so-called energy "shots." These same teens also reported higher rates of alcohol, drug or cigarette usage, researchers found. Energy drinks and shots tend to contain higher-than-average doses of caffeine. They are routinely marketed as aids to boost energy and alertness, as well as concentration. "Studies in young adults suggest that consumption of energy drinks is associated with increased use of alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco," said the press release (1). Researchers found that in younger adults, energy drinks have even been linked to behavioural patterns associated with "sensation-seeking or risk orientation" as well. Also, energy drinks are often used together with alcohol, which contribute to masking the intoxicating effects of alcohol.’
Taken from ‘Teens who use energy drinks more likely to smoke, use alcohol, take drugs’ on http://www.naturalnews.com/index.html
'Sexual Harassment part of daily life for British Girls, says Girlguiding UK'.
'Girls as young as seven are experiencing sexual taunts from boys, says new research from GirlGuiding UK. The charity’s report reveals that sexism and harassment are becoming a part of daily life for British girls, with almost 60% of girls and young women aged 13 to 21 reporting sexual harassment at school or college and 20% experiencing unwanted touching (a form of sexual assault). The Girls’ Attitudes survey, which polled more than 1,400 girls and young women across the UK, warns that such experiences are coming to be seen as just “a normal aspect of being a girl”.
...More than half of girls aged between 11 and 16 say that teachers and staff sometimes – or always – tell girls to ignore incidents of sexual harassment or dismiss it as a bit of “banter”.
...The survey also looked into the state of girls’ mental health and wellbeing, and the results were worrying. Three in four girls aged between 11 and 21 know girls their age who self-harm or suffer from depression, and two in three know someone with an eating disorder (66%). The report makes it clear that girls feel frustrated by media reinforcement of negative attitudes and misconceptions about violence against women: 58% feel that when a woman is attacked or raped, the media often blames her behaviour or appearance.'
Recent news articles, videos, blogs etc. about young people and teenagers. It's amazing how much we don't know about what's going on for youth worldwide... This page will help you find out more about your age group or what people your age are making/writing.