He hasn’t, despite all this, ever considered coming offline — even for a day.
These were just a few of the shocking experiences of the teenagers I encountered while researching and writing my new book, Generation Z.
For teenagers, it is a window into the world, an identity, a friend, a parent, a guide, a bounty of information, an endless supply of entertainment, a friendship maker or breaker, a source of heartache and a million other things.
It is something they obey and seriously believe they cannot live without.
Friendships and relationships are no longer forged in playgrounds or each other’s houses but on social media; on Facebook pages and other sites where being ‘liked’ in the virtual world counts for more than someone saying ‘I like you’ in person.
Teenage girls and boys no longer seek sex education from textbooks with anatomical diagrams, giggling friends or flustered parents; they can get it from films with titles like Teen Ass 2, which they can access on the smartphones that they carry with them at all times.
She is yet to go through with one of these, the main problem being that she is actually a 16-year-old studying for her GCSEs.
Now, several men in their 30s and 40s are pursuing ‘hook-ups’ with her; modern shorthand for casual sex.They reflect just how distinct from mainstream adult society teenagers are in deciding who the new trendsetters and power brokers are.People seeking fame and fortune eschew the traditional routes of column inches, chart success and TV programmes and aim to become ‘You Tube famous’ instead.The former teacher also spoke to 14-year-old Grant (picture posed by model), who's being bullied so badly online that he is beginning to take more seriously the ‘hundreds’ of suggestions he gets a day to kill himself This is the first generation that grew up from birth under the internet’s watchful eye.It informs and shapes their identity and is the most influential aspect of modern teenage life.After talking to her online for about three months, David persuaded Rachel to start what she calls ‘the sex stuff’.