As a former teacher, I wanted to get to grips with what life is like for a 21st-century teenager in the UK, so I spent two years talking to hundred of teens from every possible background, ethnicity, class and culture, from all over the country, about a huge number of issues.For most of us, the internet is a convenient form of communication, a mode of entertainment, which generally makes our lives easier.
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.
Meanwhile, Grant, 14, is 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 week new figures revealed that sexualised images of women on social media have led to an increase in emotional problems among young girls.
Researchers from University College London believe the rise in girls aged between 11 and 13 suffering from emotional problems such as anxiety may be linked to stress brought on by seeing images of women portrayed as sex objects on Facebook, Twitter and other websites.
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.