TikTok Star Charli D’Amelio Invests In Mobile Banking Service For Teens

KEY POINTS

  • Charli D’Amelio has invested in a mobile banking service called Step that is aimed at teens aged 13 to 19
  • She joins Justin Timberlake, the Chainsmokers, Kelvin Beachum, Eli Manning and more
  • Step has welcomed over 500,000 users only two months after its official launch

TikTok’s most popular user Charli D’Amelio has invested in Step, a mobile banking service aimed specifically at teens.

Step announced Wednesday that it has raised over $50 million in Series B funding, TechCrunch reported. D’Amelio, 16, is excited about her first startup investment and is optimistic about the future of the company.

“As a Step partner and customer, I’ve been able to see firsthand how easy Step makes it to manage your money while providing the educational resources that today’s teens need but have largely been unable to find—myself included,” the TikTok star said in a statement.

“I’m excited to be able to

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Inside American Express’s virtual mentorship program that’s helping low-income teens get into and pay for college



a close up of a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, said the program has helped him navigate not only the college process, but the process of coming out as transgender. Alexander-Joseph Silva


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Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, said the program has helped him navigate not only the college process, but the process of coming out as transgender. Alexander-Joseph Silva

  • American Express and a nonprofit called Strive for College have helped more than 4,000 students navigate the complicated college admissions and financial aid process through their program UStrive. 
  • The program pairs students from marginalized backgrounds with American Express employees and cardholders who volunteer as mentors. 
  • With the help of his mentor, Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, was able to apply to college, secure financial aid, and navigate the process of coming out as transgender. 
  • American Express global president Doug Buckminster says mentorship programs are a key part of addressing inequality. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, is a freshman studying computer science at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. His freshman year has been great so far. He’s

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Schertz releases officers’ body, dash camera footage of Black teen’s arrest

Schertz officials released new police camera footage Wednesday that shows what happened before and after the arrest of a Black teen seen in a viral video that prompted accusations of excessive force.

Officials said they had wanted to release the footage of 18-year-old Zekee Rayford’s arrest earlier in the name of transparency. They were only able to release the videos Wednesday after receiving authorization from the Guadalupe County District Attorney’s Office.

On Nov. 2, Rayford allegedly ran a red light at about 11:45 p.m. on Schertz Parkway and did not pull over when signaled by Schertz police officers Frank Chavarria and Megan Fennesy, according to a police report.

Instead, Rayford drove to his home in the 1000 block of Keanna Place, where a security camera there provided the first video of his arrest. It has since been shared on social media and drew criticism from family, civil rights activists, and

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East Bay teens develop sanitizing drone to help clean school during pandemic

DUBLIN — Dublin High School’s robotics team has come up with a creative solution to help clean parts of the school outside during the pandemic —  a sanitizing drone.



a person standing in front of a computer: DUBLIN, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Dublin High students Karen Zhao, 16, bottom left, and sisters Nirupama Suravarjjala, 16, top left, and Niharika Suravarjjala, 17, all members of the Gael Force Robotics Team, look at the design of the special sanitizing drone the robotics team is building in Dublin, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. The sanitizing drone is designed to help clean the school's football field and bleachers. The group of 10 students from the team hopes to have the drone up and running in December. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)


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DUBLIN, CA – NOVEMBER 17: Dublin High students Karen Zhao, 16, bottom left, and sisters Nirupama Suravarjjala, 16, top left, and Niharika Suravarjjala, 17, all members of the Gael Force Robotics Team, look at the design of the special sanitizing drone the robotics team is building in Dublin, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. The sanitizing drone is designed to help clean the school’s football field and bleachers. The group of 10 students from the team hopes to have the drone up and running in December. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

They call it the TERSUS Project —  meaning “clean” in Latin, and also an acronym for Technologically Effective Rapid Smart Unmanned Sanitizer. The drone was

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Dieting and weight worries on rise in teens — ScienceDaily

Significantly higher numbers of Generation Z boys and girls in the UK are dieting to lose weight, and are likely to overestimate their own weight, finds a new UCL-led study.

The research, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that girls who are trying to lose weight are also more likely to experience depressive symptoms than in previous years.

In 2015, 42% of 14-year-old girls and boys said they currently were trying to lose weight, compared to 30% in 2005.

Lead author Dr Francesca Solmi (UCL Psychiatry) said: “Our findings show how the way we talk about weight, health and appearance can have profound impacts on young people’s mental health, and efforts to tackle rising obesity rates may have unintended consequences.

“An increase in dieting among young people is concerning because experimental studies have found that dieting is generally ineffective in the long term at reducing body weight in adolescents, but

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Teen’s decades-old murder solved with new DNA technology

Kansas City, Missouri — Sixteen-year-old Fawn Cox was raped and strangled in her own bed in Kansas City, Missouri in July 1989. Police say they never knew who killed her – until now, reports the CBS affiliate there, KCTV.



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It’s the first murder case solved by the Kansas City Police Department using advanced genetic genealogy techniques like the those used in the Golden State Killer case.

Authorities say the advanced DNA testing revealed the rapist and killer was Cox’s cousin, Donald Cox Jr. He died years ago from an overdose.



a person posing for the camera: Fawn Cox was 16 when she was raped and strangled in her own bed in Kansas City, Missouri in July of 1989. / Credit: KCTV


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Fawn Cox was 16 when she was raped and strangled in her own bed in Kansas City, Missouri in July of 1989. / Credit: KCTV

“It’s a relief there’s closure,” said Felisa Cox, Fawn’s sister. “The answers aren’t always what we were asking for, but there’s closure.”

Fawn’s body was discovered

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When teens host parties, some school districts return to remote learning. But does the science support that?

“This isn’t just a school conversation,” he wrote. “This is a community conversation. And the bottom line is that what we don’t know about this situation absolutely CAN hurt us.”

However, the decision to close a school without any evidence of coronavirus transmission within the building appears to contradict the guidance laid out by state education officials this summer and updated on Friday. Though more than 1,100 cases among students and staff have been reported in school buildings as of Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker and Massachusetts education leaders have repeatedly said there’s been no evidence of coronavirus transmissions happening in schools.

Baker has been hesitant to directly criticize individual communities where parties have been held, including Marblehead. Asked during a press conference Friday how he felt about schools that temporarily close after parties are held, he said “local communities need to make their own call with respect to how they

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Vigilante Duo Poses As Teens, Films Pedophile Encounter in Perth

KEY POINTS

  • The two men created a fake Grindr profile last week
  • They received more than 30 messages in five minutes, all asking for sexual encounters
  • The duo filmed the encounter and performed citizens’ arrest on the alleged pedophile

Although better left to the law enforcement agencies, the criminal justice system occasionally warrants the intervention of normal civilians to try and prevent crime. In one such instance, a duo from Armadale in Western Australia is earning accolades on social media after performing a citizen’s arrest on an alleged pedophile.

Better known as “Perth Pedo Hunters”, the two men filmed the tense encounter with a 61-year-old man, after luring him as a 14-year-old boy via Grindr app, 9news reported.

The Perth vigilantes filmed the complete confrontation with the perpetrator and performed a citizens’ arrest before reporting him to the police.

The police checked the alleged predator’s mobile phone and confirmed that

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Racist Algorithms Are Especially Dangerous for Teens

Importantly, algorithmic biases likely impose long-term psychological impacts on teenagers, many of whom spend almost every waking minute online: A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that 95 percent of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45 percent describe themselves as being online “almost constantly.” Hispanic teens, in particular, spend more time online than their white peers, according to the same study. Given America’s reliance on remote learning during the pandemic, adolescents are likely spending even more time on the internet than they did before.

Research suggests that being on the receiving end of discrimination is correlated with poor mental-health outcomes across all ages. And when youth of color experience discrimination, their sleep, academic performance, and self-esteem might suffer. Experiencing discrimination can even alter gene expression across the life span.

Algorithmic racism frequently functions as a sort of technological microaggression—those thinly veiled, prejudiced

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