In Japan, more and more children are refusing to go to school, a phenomenon called "futoko". As the numbers keep rising, people are asking if it's a reflection of the school system, rather than a problem with the pupils themselves. Ten-year-old Yuta Ito waited until the annual Golden Week holiday last spring to tell his parents how he was feeling - on a family day out he confessed that he no longer wanted to go to school. For months he had been attending his primary school with great reluctance, often refusing to go at all.
We are elbow-deep in doing. The article talks about how Vermont summer camps are preparing to welcome campers back in a few months, the safety measures being taken in the ongoing pandemic, and the importance of summer camp in the lives of youth and families during a difficult time. As uncertainty and trauma unfolded in our country over the past two weeks, I cannot help but find balance and hope in the values that bind us as a community. Campers enjoy hiking, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and wilderness adventure in the Green Mountains of Vermont, New York's Adirondacks, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and beyond.
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The survey also finds there is no clear consensus among teens about the effect that social media has on the lives of young people today. The social media landscape in which teens reside looks markedly different than it did as recently as three years ago. In , three online platforms other than Facebook — YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat — are used by sizable majorities of this age group. The shares of teens who use Twitter and Tumblr are largely comparable to the shares who did so in the survey. For the most part, teens tend to use similar platforms regardless of their demographic characteristics, but there are exceptions.