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.
Rachel is a bright, pretty 17-year-old who wants to study medicine.
she has lots of friends and when they can slip or charm their way past the watchful bouncers of London’s bars, they like to drink cocktails and enjoy being nearly grown up.
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.
Forums that are so obsessed with material wealth, looks and glamour, like Instagram, encourage in teenagers a similar ferocious materialism and consumerist drive.
She gets on with her parents and younger brother, walks her dog every night and her teachers praise her.
Once a week, usually Sunday night, she performs solo sex acts on camera for a man she has never met called David.
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.