Just as adult women are often subject to more frequent and intense harassment online, teen girls are substantially more likely than boys to experience uncomfortable flirting within social media environments.
Fully 35% of all teen girls have had to block or unfriend someone who was flirting in a way that made them uncomfortable, double the 16% of boys who have taken this step.
I’ve rounded up a bunch of YAs (and one graphic novel! The only chance the world has at protecting itself from this rogue A. is the virtual world and technology (created by Adam’s father) that’s preserving Adam’s mind. It’s during these scenes, when the characters romp around in online worlds, that the book shines the brightest, full of vivid depictions of the gaming world mixed with jokes that will leave gamers in stitches. Their job is to jump into virtual realty sims and drag kids out and back to their parents in the real world.
And the best part is, you can explore a lot of it, as you’ve got two more books, and a novella to scope out once you’ve finished Insignia: , by Eve Silver, another awesome sci-fi YA read in which the main character is trapped in a virtual realm that turns out to be less of a game than she thought.
The Winter Dance Sim Date game is under the girl, love, romance, simulation category.
When it comes to “entry-level” flirting, teens who have never been in a romantic relationship are most comfortable letting someone know that they are interested in them romantically using the following approaches: Not all flirting behavior is appreciated or appropriate.
One-quarter (25%) of all teens have unfriended or blocked someone on social media because that person was flirting in a way that made them uncomfortable.
So really, it comes as no surprise that every now and again, video games end up playing a serious role in YA. And when a teenager named Erik wants to avenge his parents and challenges the rules of the game, he finds himself (and his friends) in a battle against the game’s controllers—the outcome of which might free the world from the fantasy realm. is a hilarious YA contemporary romance about two mismatched geeks who run into each other unexpectedly: one a heavy metal–loving, all-black-wearing MMO gamer, the other a master of D&D who makes her own clothing.