Suicide attempts by poisoning rising among young people in US, study says

More than 1.6 million children and young adults aged 10 to 24 attempted suicide by poisoning between 2000 to 2018 The number of children and young adults who have attempted suicide by poisoning has increased in the United States over the past several years, according to a study from Nationwide childrens hospital in Ohio, published in the Journal of Pediatrics on Wednesday. There was a significant increase in the rate of attempts between 2011 and 2018 that was driven predominantly by girls and young women. A total of 71% of all cases reported in the study involved girls and women. While the studys data cannot point to a specific reason behind the increase in self-poisoning, the researchers note that social …

My young son was ‘approached’ online. Does that make me a bad parent? | Zoe Williams

New UK legislation is badly needed to control the wild west of the digital world and unfortunately I know this all too well, writes Guardian columnist Zoe Williams No one in the world has done this before, Jeremy Wright, secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, said of the governments censorship, the scope of politicians to misuse it, these are things we understand very well and rather emotionally, from dystopian literature, from the warnings emitting from the darkest totalitarian points of the past. And while we may be able to see the outlandish results of a vast unobserved space, where people can say whatever they like to whomever they like parading past 15-year-old schoolgirls going to join Islamic …

Be urself: meet the teens creating a generation gap in music

Instead of radio or the music press, todays teens are discovering songs in the background of YouTube videos creating a new breed of superstars unknown to adults It is a disconcerting experience to look at your tweenage daughters Spotify playlists and realise that you have never heard of any of the artists. You may be aware of young stars who are hitting the charts, such as Billie Eilish, Lauv, but what about Khai Beabadoobee, Red, ohyo, Eli, Conan Gr These figures obviously would not give Ariana Grande sleepless nights, but they seem remarkable given that these artists have virtually no media profile, no radio play, most dont seem to have a record deal and they barely give interviews. A Google …

Queer today, gone tomorrow: the fight to save LGBT nightlife

They survived homophobia and Thatcher. But is gentrification now sounding the death knell for gay clubs and pubs? We meet the artists battling to save them On a summers day in 2017, in gardens near the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London, an unusual drag show took place. A lot of work had gone into the costumes, but these were not of the kind youd expect: there were no rhinestones or wigs. Each performer was wearing an architectural model on their head, and instead of lip-syncing, they were reading out snippets of planning and licensing documents. The models didnt represent buildings of any great distinction, but to members of the audience they were a familiar lineup: the Black Cap, the Joiners …

‘God knows how Im alive’: how a teen defied his parents to get vaccinated

One teens story of breaking with his anti-vaxxer parents went viral. Now he wants to be a voice for the importance of vaccines Last November, Ohio teen Ethan Lindenberger entered a subcommunity on Reddit called No Stupid Questions and a measles outbreak in Washington state refueled debates around the small, but energetic anti-vaccination movement in the country. The social media post gave people hope that those raised to believe unfounded claims about vaccines could change their minds and make a different decision than their parents. Close to two dozen teens and young adults have reached out to him on Reddit and Instagram since journalists began writing about him, Lindenberger told the Guardian. But theres no evidence indicating a wave of …

Feminism with no human warmth leaves me cold | Zoe Williams

Im a fan of the acclaimed young writer known as the Slumflower. But her sexual creed of exploitation appals me, says Guardian columnist Zoe Williams A couple of years ago, the feminist society of Deptford Green secondary school convened a conference. It was there that I met Chidera Eggerue: aka the Slumflower, author of #saggyboobsmatter movement. She was a remarkable woman. I dont want to call her a remarkable young woman, even though she was 23 at the time: young is such a modifier and she would have been remarkable at any age. Her broad message was one of body positivity: if you love yourself and your shape, nobody can shame you. She built what I thought was a brisk, …

How many tampons do you need? This man will explain

The astonishing misplaced confidence of some men has been on show again, with one very clever chap attempting to mansplain menstruation to women using maths This week, mansplaining on the internet reached giddy new heights as one man tried to calculate just how many tampons are necessitated by the average period. A Twitter user a screengrab of a comment, posted on PinkNewss Facebook page by a plucky gentleman outlining how women might be able to manage their periods affordably with only his trusty man-brain and the power of maths. To his credit, the maths was correct it was just everything else that was wildly wrong. So the average period is 10 to 35ml of blood, each tampon holds about 5ml, …

Come back, experts. Without you public debate is just a shouting match | Owl Fisher

It is time to stop pretending that all opinions are equal, says the writer, film-maker and campaigner Owl Fisher Waking up to the news is becoming ever more painful. Not just because a lot of whats happening in the world is depressing and anxiety inducing Brexit, climate change, the far right, measles outbreaks, homelessness but also because of the way debates are often framed: two competing sides, fighting for the win, any evidence merely an afterthought. Contributors are presented as experts when, more often than not, theyre just another person with an opinion. We absorb their hot take on the days events often without questioning what lies behind them. Anyone with an opinion is invited on to TV or radio, …

Is it ever too late to reply to an email? | Oliver Burkeman

Social expectations about digital etiquette have never been more in flux. The solution? Avoid worrying about it altogether You know youve reached a crisis point in your email backlog when youre obliged as I was recently to confront the following conundrum of electronic etiquette: is it ruder to reply to an email after three months than not to reply at all? On one hand, obviously, given since 1969. Three months is, lets be clear, far too long to delay a reply. But I suspect were entering a phase in emails history when social expectations about such matters have never been more in flux. As the burden of digital communication keeps increasing, digital minimalism is entering the mainstream. (I recommend a …

Facebook criticised after women complain of inaction over abuse

Amnesty says social media firm must do more to support users who report harassment Human rights campaigners have called for action after a survey revealed that more than half of the reports that women lodge about harassment on Facebook are met with no action from the social media company. The Survation poll, commissioned by the feminist campaign group Level Up, found that 29% of the 1,000 women who took part had been harassed on Facebook. A spokesperson for Amnesty International UK said the extremely worrying findings were indicative of a new frontier of human rights abuses which are often unaddressed: Time and time again we hear social media companies making pledges that they will do better, but their efforts have …

Momo hoax: schools, police and media told to stop promoting viral challenge

Childrens charities say warnings about online suicide challenge have done more harm than good Britains media, schools and police forces were told on Thursday to stop promoting an online hoax about the so-called Momo challenge, amid fears that unjustified warnings about the supposed phenomenon risked doing more harm than good. The Momo challenge centres on false claims that a mysterious character is using WhatsApp messages to encourage children to kill themselves. After it moved from the fringes of the internet to the mass media, interventions from authority figures were blamed for creating a full-blown moral panic and genuine fear among children. Questions were raised in parliament on Thursday about what the government planned to do about the hoax, while hundreds …