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There is a clear need for youth-centred policy at the federal and provincial levels that specifically addresses dating violence. (Shutterstock)

Adolescent dating violence affects 1 in 3, but murky policies mean most adults don’t know how to help

One in three Canadian youth experience dating violence. Early intervention is critical to preventing the negative effects, but adolescents report significant barriers to finding support.
Instagram’s emphasis on filtered photos of bodies harms girls’ self-image. Thomas Barwick/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise – here are the harms researchers have been documenting for years

There is ample research about how harmful Instagram is for teen girls, especially around body image. It turns out Facebook’s own research confirms it.
Kids can ask the best questions. Yellow Dog Productions/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Why questions (good and bad) matter

Tolerating inquiry is essential even if there are such things as questions no one should ask.
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, left, stars in Never Have I Ever as Devi, a delightful protagonist who has endearing, thoughtful friends with stories of their own, Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez), center, and Eleanor (Ramona Young), right. (Lara Solanki/Netflix)

Mindy Kaling’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ makes me feel hopeful about representation, gender and race

“Never Have I Ever” is a fresh, fun and poignant addition to television’s repertoire of coming-of-age stories, especially for stories of Indian teenage girls.
A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask walks past a nearly empty restaurant in New York City. John Minchillo/AP Photo

The coronavirus could be Generation Z’s 9/11

We don’t know how long-lasting the effects of the virus will be, but the outbreak is already having a deep psychological impact on people and disrupting life on a massive scale.
Not all of Bernie Sanders’ young supporters are showing up at the polls. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Why so few young Americans vote

Americans under 30 are far less likely to vote than older citizens. Stepping up civics instruction might help change that, a scholar explains.

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