Teaching Kids to Break Down Gender Stereotypes

Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.

Over the last year or so, there’s been a large amount of attention in the media on gender stereotypes and how they can be limiting for all of us, especially children.

So what exactly are gender stereotypes?

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Which Teens Are Most At Risk For Synthetic Marijuana Use?

Have you heard of synthetic marijuana? Sometimes referred to as Spice, K2, or Scooby Doo, this substance is an herbal mixture that produces a similar effect to marijuana. Since the drug is considered a safer, legal alternative to weed, it’s become popular among teens. According to a 2011 survey, more than 1 in 10 high school seniors used this drug. Because of its popularity, researchers at New York University decided to take a look at risk factors for synthetic cannabis use among teens.

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Want to Help Fight Depression? Plant Sunflowers

Depression is more common in teens than you may think. It’s also heavily stigmatized which can prevent those who suffer from depression to not get the help they need.

The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression, or iFred, aims to change this by shining a positive light on depression and eliminating stigmas associated with the disease through prevention, research and education. On May 2nd, you can join the effort by participating in their Global Day for Hope.

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Teens Can Use Technology To Change The World — Here’s How!

“If you had the power of knowing how to code — how would you make the world better?”

This is a powerful question to pose to the teens in your life. A thoughtful, innovative answer could win them a $2,000 scholarship through DoSomething.org’s Code for Good Fellows campaign! Winners will learn how to code and build full-scale web applications to make the world a better place at Flatiron Pre-College Academy.

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The Scary Ingredient Hiding In Soda

There are plenty of reasons that teens should opt for a glass of water instead of grabbing a can of cola. From the negative impact on their memory to the excessive amount of sugar, it’s not the healthiest choice. Now more research proves the scary side of soft drinks. According to a study at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the caramel color in soda may contain 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) — a possible carcinogen, which in other words poses a potential cancer risk.

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Think Hookah Is Safer than Cigarettes? Think Again!

There are tons of misconceptions surrounding smoking, but ideas about hookah may top the list. A common myth surrounding the water pipe used to smoke tobacco is that it’s safer than smoking cigarettes. The thought process behind this myth is that the hookah’s water-filled pipe filters out toxic chemicals that are present when smoking cigarettes. A new study shows that just isn’t true.

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4 True Stories To Watch With Your Teens

Many teens may automatically label documentaries as “boring.” Let’s face it: They’ve probably been forced to watch old videos of World War I or the life cycle of plants in class. In a warm room with the lights off, it’d be hard not to fall asleep.

But not all documentaries are a total snooze fest. After all, documentaries are intended to show real aspects of everyday life and your teen’s life is anything but boring.

We’ve rounded up four documentaries that teens can relate to.

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