Ukrainian Teens Use TikTok to Show the Reality of War

Teen Health & Wellness - Mon, 2022-03-21 07:51
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began nearly one month ago. Since then, Ukrainian teens have been using TikTok to document how their lives and country have changed. They post and go live to answer questions and provide updates about their families, finding food and supplies, living in bomb shelters, and daily life in a war zone, often interrupted by the sounds of sirens and explosions. Some teens use music and humor to try to lighten the terrible news, but most want the world to see and understand what is happening in their cities. Still, experts warn that some users are exploiting the war for views or donations, as TikTok and other social media platforms struggle to control the spread of misinformation.
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Teen Athlete Achieves His Goal of Competing in the Paralympic Winter Games

Teen Health & Wellness - Mon, 2022-03-14 07:34
The 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, held in Beijing, featured more than 500 amazing athletes with physical, visual, and intellectual disabilities. Seventeen-year-old Jesse Keefe from Bellevue, Idaho, is the youngest athlete on the U.S. Paralympic team. Born without an ankle bone, his leg was amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old. He began skiing at age 2 and racing at age 6. Keefe has trained with several groups that support athletes with disabilities and credits them for helping him build up confidence with his prosthetic. Keefe said, “To someone who is thinking about trying adaptive sports, I would say, go for it! Sports bring us together. They are fun, you get to meet people like you, and challenge yourself.”
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