A young girl stares earnestly, and perhaps a bit awkwardly, into the camera asking the world wide web of YouTube users to comment on her appearance. With 35, views and nearly 1, comments, her video is just one small piece in what seems to be a growing trend of teen and "tween" between the ages of 11 and 13 girls taking to the Internet to broadcast concerns about their looks -- and asking strangers to weigh in on these insecurities. First reported by Jezebel , these YouTube videos seem to be made predominantly by middle-school aged girls, though there are boys featured in some of them as well. A simple search turns up pages upon pages of similar clips, entitled things like "Am I Ugly?
David Nuno became the latest teenager to die in a freak accident this week trying to duplicate a stunt he saw on YouTube called the "good kids' high. Nuno, 15, and his two friends were watching a YouTube video of how to pass out on purpose before trying it out on Tuesday, Chula Vista Police Capt. Gary Wedge said. Just like in the video, Nuno was standing before he lost consciousness. When he fell forward, he crashed onto an empty drinking glass and broke it with his collarbone, allowing the shard to slice through his interior and exterior jugular arteries. His friends didn't see the blood until they rolled him over, prompting one to race down the stairs to find Nuno's father, Wedge said.
A decidedly lit phenomenon is the subject of a new study from a group of Yale researchers: vape trick videos on YouTube. The researchers previously found that — right behind fruity flavors — young people say vape tricks were one of the leading reasons they wanted to try vaping. So they took a quantitative look at the most popular vaping trick videos on YouTube to find out who's making them and why they appeal to young people.
Prior to her death, she had been the victim of extensive and prolonged cyber-bullying on Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms and allegedly subject to cyber-extortion. Her last name has now occasioned the coining of a new, and quite morbid, expression on the web - " todding ". The story is an example of how the lack of consequences for some behaviour online can lead to serious and distressing consequences for others. After being exposed to such campaigns victims who are often teenagers may experience stress, depression and anxiety attacks to substance abuse problems.