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The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

Teens need a more positive thing to spend their time on. If Gen Z keeps this up, it will only lead to worse mental health.

Internet misery

Sophia Condello, Staff Reporter
February 1, 2022
The Millard West bad posture account (“badposturemwhs”) shows students slouching showing how improper their posture is. Most of these students don’t even know their photos are being placed on the account which is a larger controversy in itself.

Social shaming

Alexis Bahensky, Opinions Editor
January 18, 2022
The Tik Tok app has had quite a bit of controversy, and the growing amount of trends causing the need to raise the safe guards does not help.

The app with mounting backlash

Logan Moseley, Striv Co-Executive Producer, Business Manager
September 28, 2021
As kids grow up they have technology and the internet more and more involved in their daily lives. As this may come with certain benefits. The negative side of social media and devices being easily accessible for young kids has a bigger impact than you think.

The impact of social media

Brooke Sliva, Social Media Manager
September 28, 2021
The idolization of politicians and use of social media to more effectively connect and interact can be damaging for their constituents. It’s important that we are able to remember who votes to put politicians in office and who keeps them there.

Social media hides social issues

Kaden Roth, Staff Reporter
February 24, 2021
Internet safety and privacy issues such as cyberbullying, grooming and sharing personal information impact minors in unique ways, yet most social media sites refuse to implement sweeping, specific protections for this age group.

Social media isn’t safe for teens

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
February 2, 2021
As the number of teen users on social media increase, there is a decline in teen mental and physical health.

The real corruptor of teens

Alexis Bahensky, Cartoonist
December 10, 2020
The tag weight loss journey on TikTok has almost 3 billion views. The weight loss tag has over 13 billion views, and what I eat in a day has 4 billion views. Some tags, such as pro-anorexia, which promotes eating disorders, have been blocked on the app.

TikTok’s fatphobia problem

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
November 20, 2020
According to an analysis by the New York Times, CNN’s privacy policy has a Lexile score of over 1600, meaning that it would be a difficult read even for those in professional fields like law and medicine. Hulu, Airbnb, Zoom and Disney have similarly difficult policies with Lexile scores of over 1500.

Teens need to care about data privacy

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
November 6, 2020
8 Passengers is a popular YouTube family. The Frankes post videos centered around their 6 children and have gained almost 2.5 million subscribers. The family has been called out by multiple Youtube and TikTok creators for using their children for clickbait and showing neglect in their videos.

A new age of child stars

Annabelle Harshbarger, Staff Reporter
October 13, 2020
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