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S. Korean Teens Sidelined from Abortion Debate

S. Korean Teens Sidelined from Abortion Debate

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Last week, the government announced plans to introduce a new amendment bill that allows abortion until the 14th week of pregnancy, while also retaining penalties for illegal abortions. Abortion-related discussions are also occurring among teens, who have been relatively sidelined from mainstream debate. The bill stipulates that minors over 16 [...]

Juvenile Fraud Rises 16 pct in 2019, Marking Biggest Jump in 10 Years

Juvenile Fraud Rises 16 pct in 2019, Marking Biggest Jump in 10 Years

SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Fraud offenses committed by teenagers last year recorded the biggest jump in 10 years by rising 16 percent on-year, a judicial report showed Saturday. According to the 2020 juridical yearbook published recently by the National Court Administration, the number of fraud cases under the juvenile protection system was 3,695, [...]

No. of Teenagers Seeking Consultations on Steep Rise amid Prolonged COVID-19 Pandemic

No. of Teenagers Seeking Consultations on Steep Rise amid Prolonged COVID-19 Pandemic

SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — Along with an increase in the amount of time teenagers are staying at home due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, the number of teenagers seeking consultations for various personal concerns is on a steep rise. According to data that the Korea Youth Counseling and Welfare Institute presented to Rep. [...]

Majority of Multicultural Teenagers Suffer in Silence Even When They are Bullied

Majority of Multicultural Teenagers Suffer in Silence Even When They are Bullied

SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent study has showed that a large proportion of high school students from multicultural families are suffering in silence when they are bullied since many they have no one to turn to for help. The state-funded National Youth Policy Institute carried out a survey of 1,118 teenagers in [...]

17 pct of S. Korean Teens Addicted to Internet, Smartphones

17 pct of S. Korean Teens Addicted to Internet, Smartphones

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Some 17 percent of young students in South Korea are addicted to the internet and smartphones, a government survey suggested Tuesday. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family released the result of its survey of teenagers’ internet and smartphone usage, conducted on 1,331,441 fourth graders of elementary schools and [...]

Pockets of COVID-19 Cases Among Teenagers Raise Fear Ahead of Fall Semester

Pockets of COVID-19 Cases Among Teenagers Raise Fear Ahead of Fall Semester

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent rise in coronavirus cases among high school students raised alarm about a bigger risk to school safety, as more schools are considering larger in-person instruction in the upcoming fall semester. According to health officials and municipal governments on Thursday, five high school students in Yongin, south of [...]

Samsung on Track to Expand Didimdol Centers Nationwide

Samsung on Track to Expand Didimdol Centers Nationwide

SEOUL, July 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Samsung Electronics Co., South Korea’s leading tech firm, announced on Thursday that it will expand the coverage of its “Samsung Hope Didimdol (stepping stone)” program nationwide. The program was designed to develop the self-reliance of teenagers who cannot stay in orphanages after reaching 18 years of age. The company [...]

S. Korea to Block Teenagers from Using Certain Random Chat Apps

S. Korea to Block Teenagers from Using Certain Random Chat Apps

SEOUL, May 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Random chat applications that don’t identify the user and save chat histories will be banned from being installed on teenagers’ smartphones in South Korea, the government said Wednesday. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said it is planning to designate applications that provide free online chat services among [...]