Friday Faves: Pop Songs Impact Teens’ Drinking Habits, the Golden Rules of Social Media, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves! 1. This week, the College Board released blueprints of what the new SAT rolling out in 2016 will look like. So what’s in store for college-bound test takers? The two original sections, math and evidenced-based reading, will remain, and the essay portion will become optional. For more details about the test, click here. 2. Congress recently released a report that shows a distinct increase in […]

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Want Teens to Drink Less Soda? Try Using Peer Pressure

When we hear a story about “peer pressure,” we often think of otherwise respectful and honest teens getting wrapped up in all sorts of trouble. But what if teens could use peer pressure as a positive? A recent study in Ohio did just that, finding that the soda-drinking habits of teens changed drastically when encouraged by their peers. It’s not news that soda is a major nutritional no-no (if you need proof, check out the Soda Shock article in the January 2014 issue of Choices), but 80 percent of American […]

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Study Finds Teens Have Same Stress Habits As Adults

When it comes to stress, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. According to a recent study from the American Psychological Association, teens are just as stressed out as adults, and are mirroring their coping behaviors. The study focuses on the question: “Are teens adopting adults’ stress habits?” The findings show that teens learn how to handle stress from their parents. If an adult doesn’t deal well with stress, neither will their teen. The study found that both teens and adults recognize the importance of stress management, but many […]

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Friday Faves: High School Students Design Prosthetic Hand, Teen Girl Stands Up to Surfing Magazine, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves! 1. Standing up for what she believes in, a 13-year-old female surfer wrote to a popular surfing mag to criticize the lack of women within their magazine pages. The Australian teen believes that girl surfers deserve just as much exposure as the guys, which we totally agree with! She wrote, “I would subscribe to your magazine if only I felt that women were valued as […]

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Friday Faves: Teen Science Fair Project Could Save the Government Millions, 12-Year-Old Girl Becomes Youngest Yoga Instructor, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves! 1. A Long Island teenager accomplished the incredible feat of getting accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. Kwasi Enin, 17, is the son of immigrant nurses from Ghana. He aspires to be a physician. Curious what his application essay was about? Business Insider published Kwasi’s essay about the impact music has had on his life. 2. According to a new study, teens can be […]

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Lorde Embraces The Skin She’s In—And Why Your Teens Should, Too!

In her Grammy Award-winning song, Lorde sings about how she and her friends will never be royals. And hey, that’s okay—because deep-down she’s just an ordinary teenager, who deals with the same dilemmas as others her age. Proving this point, Lorde recently embraced the skin she’s in—quite literally. After a performance in Chile last weekend, the 17-year-old took to Twitter to point out that an airbrushed image of her was floating around the Internet. She posted two pictures of herself, along with the caption: “i find this curious – two […]

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Friday Faves: John Green’s Next Movie, The Best Books For Spring, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves! 1. A mall in Gastonia is considering banning teenagers from shopping without adults. The mall passed out flyers and took to social media to present expectations for teenage customers, including “no running” and “no yelling or bad language.” According to the mall’s management, this kind of behavior has disrupted the mall’s family-friendly environment, and if teens don’t clean up their act, the mall will implement […]

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Friday Faves: First Look At ‘The Giver’ Movie, Teen’s Hockey Wish Comes True, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves below! 1. The first trailer for The Giver was released this week! Based on Lois Lowry’s award-winning children’s novel, the movie hits theaters in August. You might remember the plot from your middle school reading list. What other classic books would you want to see made into a movie? Let us know in the comments below. 2. Although we don’t condone skipping class, three teens […]

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Friday Faves: Teen Cooks Up World Record, Teachers Read Tweets About Themselves, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Here, our Friday Faves: 1. A Rhode Island teen named Ben Perry, 18, is attempting to clock 40 hours in the kitchen to break the Guinness World Record for longest time spent cooking. All of the food he prepares will be donated to those in need. Check out our April issue for a story about the benefits of teen cooking, which includes this delicious veggie mockos (mock tacos) recipe! 2. As a spoof of […]

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Best. Interview. Ever.

The following post is by guest blogger and Choices TV host, Berna Anat. For more epic life advice, check out her website. Would you believe me if I said I had one follow-up question that’ll basically guarantee you the job? Or that the way you sit could be the reason they hire you? Check out the video below with my best tried-and-true interview advice, and read on for even more tips. ) There are so many more excellent tips I’d love to share so you can use them to crush […]

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