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Social media can be vehicle for bullying

Social media can be vehicle for bullying

By Harrison Otto

April 8, 2015

Cyberbullying has taken its toll on millions of people across the globe. Students at BASH are not immune, as a recent incident involving Yik Yak, the anonymous social media app, proves. Earlier this year, students used Yik Yak to cyberbully numerous others without revealing their identity, causing...

Three hours of anonymity show unflattering mirror

Three hours of anonymity show unflattering mirror

By Boiling Point editorial board

March 23, 2015

Shalhevet students are supposed to be different from other high school students -- after all, not many other schools teach moral development from the first day of freshman year. But behind a cloak of anonymity, it turned out this week that Shalhevet students can be just as abominable as any other teenagers. Using...

Hired or fired? Social media may determine the answer

Hired or fired? Social media may determine the answer

By Nathan Ruthardt

February 24, 2015

Social media has invaded most students' lives, and some enjoy it, but parts of these modern communication tools can be tricky - and even dangerous. While sites and apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat have many benefits, they also can keep users from getting jobs, scholarships, and...

Social media use plays role in college admissions

Social media use plays role in college admissions

By Sydney Czyzon

February 20, 2015

Social media plays a prominent role in the lives of teenagers. While approximately 95% of American teens have access to online activities, 81% of these adolescents use some kind of social media, according to a 2012 study completed by the Pew Internet Project. With more students attending college than...

Avoid prom dress faux pax online

Avoid prom dress faux pax online

By Alexis Turgeon

February 17, 2015

Months in advance of the big night, both juniors and seniors are wondering who will be wearing what dress to Junior Banquet and the Senior Prom. To give everyone the chance to enjoy others’ dresses and to avoid repeats, Instagram pages were created for both events. The pages began by inviting a...

Videos that pack a punch

Videos that pack a punch

By Victoria Sundin, Robert E. Lee High School

February 2, 2015

For better or worse, fights at school will catch anyone's attention. In the heat of battle, some run away, some call a person of authority, and some even try to break it up. Some encircle the action with their cellphones, recording it to show their friends -- or the world. The shrine to Robert E....

What can journalism students learn from the Kirby Delauter debacle?

What can journalism students learn from the Kirby Delauter debacle?

By Lancer Media Staff, Linganore High School

January 9, 2015

UPDATE: Kirby Delauter issued an apology to the reporter on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Original story: On January 6, 2015, a news outlet claiming to be the North Korean News Service tweeted about Frederick County councilman Kirby Delauter’s recent attempt to “restrict press freedom” in Fr...

Technology takeover: Yik-Yak app makes cyberbullying easier

Technology takeover: Yik-Yak app makes cyberbullying easier

By Courtney Kurtz, Tyrone Area High School

January 7, 2015

High school should be the ideal time and place to discover and create who you are. However, with high school comes the inevitable negatives--rumors and drama. In small towns like Tyrone, PA, rumors have always spread like wildfire. But technology that allows information to be passed along within seconds...

Basedmojis offers different alternative emojis

Basedmojis offers different alternative emojis

By Yousef Fatehpour, Daniel Pearl Magnet HS, Van Nuys, Calif.

October 22, 2014

Hip-Hop/Cultural icon Brandon McCartney, or as the public knows him as Lil B, has taken his message of positivity beyond music into the technological world with his new app: Basedmojis. Lil B has challenged professional basketball player Kevin Durant to a one on one. He’s released over 3,000 songs in h...

So you’re too cool for Coke?

So you’re too cool for Coke?

By Aishwarya Nadgauda, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

October 9, 2014

Coca-Cola launched the “Share a Coke” campaign in the United States this summer, but only 33 percent of high schoolers have names featured in the popular campaign.

Student struggles with social media fame

Student struggles with social media fame

By Skylar Cross, Santaluces High School, Lantana, Fla.

September 16, 2014

The issue of Insta-fame is one that goes highly unnoticed. Just imagine for a moment having the population of a small town following you on social media. Sergio Lopez, a sophomore at Santaluces, undergoes the constant burden of having to please some 16,000 people. “I do feel pressure to act a certain...

Think before you ‘Gram’

Think before you ‘Gram’

By Gabbie Gresge, Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.

June 12, 2014

Posting pictures of life events threatens teens’ ability to live in the moment. Rather than live through a smartphone screen, ignore the craving to post pictures and simply enjoy life as it comes.

#BringBackOurGirls spreads awareness, calls for change

#BringBackOurGirls spreads awareness, calls for change

By Kori Adair, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

May 23, 2014

An inky night surrounds a boarding school in northern Nigeria. Engines rumble as trucks edge toward the school. The sound of gunshots shatters the stillness of the night, followed by shrill screams of young women pulled from their beds and their education into a nightmare. Members of Boko Haram abducted...

Snapchat adds texting, live video to capabilities

Snapchat adds texting, live video to capabilities

By Claudia Chen, Staples HS, Westport, Conn.

May 14, 2014

On May 1, Snapchat released an update that included the highly-requested “Snapchat Chat.” Now, Snapchat can not only be used to send unattractive selfies to friends, but also to send messages and live-chat. “Until today, we felt that Snapchat was missing an important part of conversation: pres...

Tumblr blogs can glorify depression and self-harm

Tumblr blogs can glorify depression and self-harm

By Zoe Duncan-Doroff, St. Mary's Academy, Portland, Ore.

March 18, 2014

Tumblr has over 140 million blogs. Most revolve around predictable topics, such as photography, music, fashion, sports and design. But this popular social space has expanded in surprising and sometimes unhealthy ways. Tumblr thrives on the emotional, diary-like output from a younger demographic, proving...

Tweet calling an administrator ‘Public Enemy #1’ gets Kansas student suspended

Tweet calling an administrator ‘Public Enemy #1’ gets Kansas student suspended

By Kenneth Palmer and Becca Moran

March 17, 2014

Choruses of angry shouts echoed from the student section during the Feb. 18 home basketball game against Shawnee Mission South. But what was supposed to be a display of school spirit quickly raised questions about the First Amendment rights of students. Assistant Principal Keith Jones kicked out students...

Twitter takes a toll

Twitter takes a toll

By Bridget Cook, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

March 10, 2014

I scrolled through Twitter one early morning before school, taking time to see what I’d missed online while I slept. Like most mornings, several CNN tweets were waiting for me from the early hours in the morning. This was one of them: “Students reported killed in terror attack on Nigerian boa...

Catfished: Social media scam exposes minors

Catfished: Social media scam exposes minors

By Ka’Leif Hodge, Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas

January 7, 2014

After an anonymous Instagram account humiliated students who believed they sent naked photos in confidence, students began questioning how and why their pictures could get posted online. However, no one can be entirely sure of where their promiscuous photos may end up, and more often than not, I...

#StopTakingSelfies

#StopTakingSelfies

By Tristan Baez, Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, Calif.

November 21, 2013

As you are listening to another history lecture, you realize that Instagram hasn’t been updated in over eight hours. Make a funny face, snap a pic, add a sub-par filter and post that magical art adding it to the absurdly large collection of  "selflies" on your profile. So when you realize that ...

Take a vacation from social media

Take a vacation from social media

By Ellen Heaghney, Kirkwood HS, Kirkwood, Mo.

September 3, 2013

The most pressing philosophical question of our summer era: if someone goes on a trip and fails to Instagram it, did they really go at all? June, July and August never fail to deliver an overload of photography cliches. On an average day, my Instagram and Twitter feeds feature anywhere from 3-2...