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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 3°C

# Teenagers

This year
Therapist: It's been a summer of tragedy and loss for many young people
Monica Jackman says it’s been a tough summer for young people in this country with tragic losses – she has some gentle advice for anyone grieving.
Last year
Disposable vapes will 'get a whole new generation of people addicted to nicotine', expert warns
A report by
Jamie McCarron
The HSE does not recommend vaping as a method of quitting smoking.
Parents of children aged 12-15 can now book their child's Covid booster online
Walk-in centres will also be operational for this booster.
All time
Irish teenagers facing high levels of sexual harassment, report finds
Four out of five teenagers surveyed said they had been subjected to sexual harassment in the last 12 months.
Large numbers will need vaccine booster shots later this year and into next year, Cabinet hears
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly got government approval to purchase millions of vaccine doses for use in 2022.
Gaeltacht summer courses cancelled for the second year running
Work is underway on developing an appropriate stabilisation package for the sector.
Study shows unchanged teen smoking rates in 40% of countries over past two decades
Ireland is not included in this study, but other data shows a decline in Irish teen smoking levels over time.
Nasal flu vaccine extended to teenagers due to low take-up
Only 190,000 LAIV vaccines have been administered since October, out of 460,000 distributed.
Irish teens more likely to take illegal drugs but smoking and drinking levels falling, EU report shows
The report revealed 37% of Irish teenagers already used an e-cigarette at some stage.
Most of Ireland's teens are healthy and ambitious, but not all of them get the same fighting chance
20% of 17 and 18 year olds surveyed were found likely to be depressed.
Physical distancing may have long-term impact on teenagers' relationships
“Even if physical distancing measures are temporary, several months represents a large proportion of a young person’s life,” one author of a scientific opinion piece said.
Appeal launched to locate two teenage girls missing from Belfast hospital
Two friends, 15-year-old Tammi-Leigh Ferrin and 17-year-old Charlene Gallagher, went missing from the Ulster Hospital this morning.
Number of teenagers reporting severe anxiety in Ireland doubles since 2012, report finds
That’s according to My World Survey 2, the largest ever study of Ireland’s youth mental health.
Using social media 3 or more times a day may compromise teenage girls' health, study finds
The findings published are part of a major study of over 10,000 13-16 year olds in England.
US teen suicide rates rose by 29% after release of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, study finds
Researchers said: ‘The results of this study should raise awareness that young people are particularly vulnerable to the media.’
Man walking home from work seriously injured after attack by gang of teens in west Dublin
The incident happened yesterday afternoon.
Irish teenagers are drinking less often than almost all their European peers
The figures relate to weekly drinking among 15-year-olds.
Tear gas fired at Bangladesh protesters during huge protest over teen deaths
There has been over a week of unrest following the deaths of the teens, who were killed by a speeding bus.
There were 1,041 teenagers who became mothers in Ireland last year
The number represents a 5% decline and the HSE has welcomed the trend.
9 ways you passed the time if you were a teenager at the dawn of the millennium
You either sat on a wall or watched Jackass.
Dublin school teacher loses €75,000 case against McDonald's after teenagers insulted him in restaurant
Christian Morris brought a defamation suit against the north Dublin fast food restaurant after a group of teenagers called him ‘a paedophile and a faggot’ and stole his phone.
Doctor says 'paralytically, unconsciously drunk' teens at West Cork disco could have died
Medical professionals who treated the teenagers said parents need to take more responsibility for their children’s behaviour.
13% of secondary school students have sent a nude or semi-nude video of themselves
Males are more likely than females to engage in sexting, a new survey has found.
Better sex education and conversations with parents: Why the teen pregnancy rate keeps falling
The number of teenage pregnancies in Ireland has fallen by 64% in 15 years.
Two teenagers arrested after planning attack with guns and explosives on school
The two boys – aged 16 and 18 – are in custody.
Two teenagers hospitalised after attack by a large group of men
The alleged attackers were described as both black and white youths and they were accompanied by females who witnessed the assaults.
These Waterford teens have set up Ireland's first youth-run literary festival
We talked to them about how they did it.
In 1975, one in every 100 Irish children was obese. Now, it's one in every 10
Rates of child and adolescent obesity are highest (over 30%) in some islands in Polynesia.
Israeli police detain dozens in 'horror clown' craze
The craze is an extension of a similar fad prevalent across the US last year, and coincides with the release of the Stephen King adaptation ‘It’.
'A connection to the place they know': There's a new online mental health service for teenagers
Turn2MeYouth offers online peer support and individual counselling to 16-19 year olds.
'Unknown electronic device' used in assault on three teenage boys
The assault took place at about 4.30pm yesterday in west Belfast.
Two 14-year-olds missing from Dublin have been found safe and sound
The two had been missing since yesterday morning.
'It's totally unacceptable': 44 children admitted to adult mental health units so far this year
The Mental Health Commission released its annual report today.
'When did it become the norm to say 'I'll go out with you if you send me a naked pic'?'
Children and technology expert Andy Phippen gives his advice to parents on the issue of sexting.
Two teenagers rescued from Paris catacombs after becoming lost for three days
The Parisian catacombs comprise more than 150 miles of tunnels beneath the French capital.
Wide awake: Late-night phone use harms teenagers' mental health and sleep quality
Late-night mobile phone usage led to poorer mental health, reduced coping and lowered self-esteem.
13 Reasons Why: 'Drama is actually a good place for young people to explore tough themes'
We have to give teen viewers some credit for knowing the difference between truth and fiction, right and wrong, safe and dangerous, writes Lorraine Courtney.
'You hear a lot about our generation being lost - but we're just trying to cope'
Youth theatre is giving young people in Ireland the chance to express themselves, grow confident, and deal with issues in their lives.
Investigation launched after Irishman dies following row with teenagers in London
Joseph Kelly had been in an argument shortly before his death.
Dutch men are holding hands en masse in wake of a brutal attack on gay couple
The trend comes after gay couple Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes were attacked on their way home last weekend in Arnhem.