Teenagers in The Times: November 2019

Teenagers in The Times: November 2019

Here is the November edition of Teenagers in The Times, a roundup of the news and feature stories about young people that have recently appeared across sections of NYTimes.com. We publish a new edition on the first Thursday of each month.

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Civics, Politics, Economics and Business

These 7 Million Young People Can Beat Trump

This Opinion essay writer states, “They will have turned 18 by Election Day. And they are more numerous and more liberal than swing voters.”

‘I’m 17 Years Old, and I’m Terrified’: The Issues Our Readers Hope Come Up at the Democratic Debate

Ahead of the Democratic debate on Nov. 20, we asked Times readers what issues they most wanted the presidential candidates to discuss, and why.

90 Minutes a Day, Until 10 P.M.: China Sets Rules for Young Gamers

Officials say regulations are meant to curb video game addiction, which they blame for a rise in nearsightedness and poor academic performance.

‘If Those Were Pictures of You, You Would Understand’

Two sisters talk candidly about their lives after being sexually abused as children. It has been 10 years, but online photos and videos continue to haunt them.

Professors, Beware. In China, Student Spies Might Be Watching.

In a throwback to the Mao era, China is deploying students as watchdogs against teachers. It’s part of a campaign by President Xi to eliminate dissent.

The Quinceañera, Redefined

Muslim quinces. Double quinces. “Quincenegras.” In the United States, a traditional rite of passage has become a celebration of identity.

Teenager Wins $25,000 for Science Project That Solves Blind Spots in Cars

Alaina Gassler, 14, got the idea for her science project after noticing how her mother didn’t like driving the family’s S.U.V.

TikTok Blocks Teen Who Posted About China’s Detention Camps

The app faced renewed questions about whether it censors material after it removed an American’s video about Muslims in China.

Here’s What’s Happening in the American Teenage Bedroom

Rowan Winch is 15. He’s a businessman.

Thousands of College Kids Paid to Work for a Viral Party Kingpin. What Could Go Wrong?

Arya Toufanian, the chief executive of I’m Shmacked, promised students Instagram fame, then silenced them with threats.

Getting a Handle on Self-Harm

Cutting and other forms of self-injury are on the rise among adolescents. Researchers are beginning to understand the phenomenon, and how to treat it.

Facing ‘Certain Death,’ Teenager With Vaping Injury Gets Double Lung Transplant

The surgery on the 17-year-old was the first transplant reported in the recent nationwide outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries.

How Juul Hooked a Generation on Nicotine

The company planted the seeds of a public health crisis by marketing to millennials, who had low smoking rates, and it ignored evidence that teenagers were using its products.

As Kids, They Starred in Holiday Hits. They Moved On. Can We?

For former child actors best known for Christmas movies, “Groundhog Day” is probably the seasonal film that best describes their experiences.

I Was ‘Too Much’ for Boarding School. But I Had the Garcia Sisters.

“Reading books by Latina writers taught me our stories were worthy of being told,” states this Opinion essay writer.

After Misty Comes Marie: Breaking Barriers in ‘The Nutcracker’

This year, for the first time, New York City Ballet’s “Nutcracker” has a black Marie, the young heroine whose life is charged with magic.

‘Cavale’ Review: Riding in Cars With Girls on the Run

In Virginie Gourmel’s drama, three teenage girls escape a psychiatric facility, however therapeutically or legally ill-advised.

Tomi Adeyemi Hates Assigned Reading

“The vast majority of American classics were ruined for me because schools made me read them too young,” says the Y.A. fantasy novelist, whose new book is “Children of Virtue and Vengeance.”

7 Great Fantasy Novels for Teenagers

Sometimes teenage life is all too real. These books will lift your favorite teenager — or you — into a spellbinding new realm.