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    In most teens' minds, the day they turn 18 is going to be a glorious one. All of those stupid rules they had to follow at home will suddenly be lifted like some great fog. Overnight, parents will begin to respect their newfound freedom and independence -- yet continue to provide them with warm meals, because who the heck wants to have to cook for themselves at 18?

    Rachel Canning is having a difficult time adjusting to 18. The New Jersey teen is suing her parents for refusing to pay for her college tuition and living and transportation expenses, despite the fact that she's no longer living at home and, according to her parents, left willingly because she didn't want to follow their rules.

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    It's become pretty common for high school students to post cutesy messages on their Twitter accounts asking celebrities to their proms. In the case of Miley Cyrus, the 21-year-old knew it would be bananas for her to show up at a dance and sweetly invited her suitor to attend one of her concerts instead, which was a really smart move on her part. Err, I'm thinking pro Houston Texans cheerleader Caitlyn, who is 20, figured she was being a sweetheart as well by responding to 17-year-old Michael Ramirez's online request that she be his hot date to the Crosby High School senior prom. Only she agreed to go. As his actual date. And no matter how platonic we know this whole night will be, there's something a little creepy about it.

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    There are days when you read or hear about something that reminds you of why you wouldn't want to trade places with a teenager for all the diamonds in the world. There's a decent chance Dana Snay, a prep school graduate from Florida, is grounded for the rest of her life after carelessly posting a Facebook message that cost her father $80,000. Patrick Snay had sued Gulliver Prepatory School for age discrimination and was awarded $10,000 in back wages and an $80,000 settlement. In order to receive the money, he had to agree to keep the case confidential. I guess he didn't think he'd have anything to worry about it if he opened up to his family.

    But teenagers are not known for their ability to keep secrets. And teens with social media accounts, which is basically the entire teen population, can't help but broadcast every detail of their lives to the world around them. In this case, Dana's oversharing led to dad losing his settlement.

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    Whoops. A section of Brooklyn was recently labeled the “drug section” on Google Maps. West 8th Street in the Bensonhurst neighborhood is the supposedly shady area in question.

    A Redditor posted the mistake to the site and asked how this little corner of town could be labeled the “drug section” on a legitimate navigational tool. Google uses several different methods to come up with its maps, including third party providers, public sources, and user contributions.

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    A story went viral on Monday that had parents of teens worrying about something they thought they had outgrown -- fear of head lice. Commonly associated with younger children, a new “study” showed an increase in the amount of teens getting lice, and the blame was squarely pegged on the selfie phenomenon.

    The thinking was -- and I totally fell for this too, by the way -- that teens are contracting head lice at unprecedented rates because they’re so busy squeezing their heads together for group selfies to post on Instagram or Snapchat or wherever the hip place to post pics these days is.

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    How did we get anywhere before we had map apps on our cellphones? I suppose some of us had navigation systems installed in our cars, but most of us probably looked up directions on Map Quest and took the printout with us. Please tell me that I’m not the only one that occasionally got frustrated that those directions weren’t accurate, or a road had closed, or signage was bad … anything to make getting from point A to point B more difficult than it should be.

    No more of that nonsense with today’s maps. Google Maps, one of the most popular navigation tools for directionally challenged individuals like myself, has just launched their latest update, and now it’s an even better tool for busy moms that are just trying to get everywhere they need to be on time.

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    A 16-year-old girl's parents are allowing her to travel to a foreign land and marry a 21-year-old man she met on holiday. Despite the fact that the man lives in Turkey, is Muslim (she is not), and they only knew each other in person for a week, Jaydene Roberts' parents say they have no issue with her moving to Turkey and marrying the guy, hoping it will "boost her confidence." I agree with what they're doing.

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    Do you have a #PottyMouth on Twitter? A new study shows that we like to cuss on social media -- especially by dropping the F-bomb, and particularly on Mondays.

    Researchers at Wright State University in Ohio found that nearly one in every 13 tweets contains foul language, and that more than a third of that is in the form of everyone's favorite four-letter curse word that starts with "F."

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    Teenagers do dumb things sometimes. But it doesn’t necessarily mean they should face felony charges for stupid pranks. A 13-year-old boy was recently arrested and taken into custody for throwing a snowball at a Chicago police officer. He’s being charged as a juvenile for “aggravated battery to a peace officer,” which is a felony.

    The boy says that he was misidentified from a group of kids, and he wasn’t the one that threw the snowball. He also said that it didn’t hit the cop, but only the marked vehicle in which the cop was sitting.

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    Have you heard? Facebook users who don't identify as being "male" or "female" now have many, many other options to choose from. The change, which was spearheaded by a FB engineer who is undergoing gender transformation from male to female, is actually pretty cool if you think about it. For anyone struggling to identify with a particular gender, there are options out there. You can even select gender-neutral pronouns and wish "them" a happy birthday instead of wishing "her" a happy birthday.

    But why stop there? There are numerous ways Facebook probably hasn't even considered that would prevent users from feeling "stuck" with a label in which they don't identify.

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