Celebrate Harry Potter With These Magical Words

July is a big month for Harry Potter fans! On July 21st, it was exactly seven years since the seventh book was released. Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling both have a birthday coming up on July 31st, and today is Daniel Radcliffe’s birthday – though you may better know him as the actor who played Harry Potter himself! There’s so much to celebrate this month, the Scholastic Store is even hosting a magical month of Harry Potter events. So what’s all the excitement about? Well, we know the Harry Potter […]

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Julia Isn’t Defined By OCD

“Obsession” is a word that tends to get thrown around a lot. “OMG, I’m obsessed with Ariana Grande’s new song!” or “I have a Hunger Games obsession.” It’s come to mean you really, really like something. And while being passionate is great, it’s not quite the same as being obsessed. Or at least not for everyone.

Meet Julia Jarvis — a 17-year-old who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a severe anxiety disorder that affects her everyday life. As she explains in her Teen Flaunt essay, obsessive takes on a whole new meaning for her.

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Success vs. Kindness: What Do Teens Value More?

Winning a baseball game and acing a history test are super satisfying. But should the desire for success trump the ability to be kind to others? We’d say no, which makes this recent study published in the Boston Globe a bit disappointing. According to the research by Harvard Graduate School of Education, more teens value achievement over compassion.

They surveyed 10,000 middle and high school students from 33 schools across the nation about which value is most important: achievement, happiness, or compassion.

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Why July Is The Riskiest Month For Teens

Without having to worry about schoolwork, summer is considered a time to relax! But maybe teens are being a little too carefree this month, at least when it comes to risky behavior. According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), July is when more young people start using drugs or alcohol compared to any other month. The stats are definitely surprising!

On average, in the month of July, someone under 18 starts drinking alcohol every 8 seconds, or smoking cigarettes every 17 seconds.

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WATCH: This Inspiring Video Will Change What You Think Of Selfies!

Millennials have been dubbed the “seflie generation” — a phrase which tends to have a negative connotation. It’s synonymous with being self-obsessed or entitled, as if teenagers spend all of their free time glued to their iPhone cameras. (Come on, everybody! Give teens more credit.) Luckily, there’s a video that will change the way you think of selfies. No, not that “But first, let me take a selfie” song which tends to reinforce those seemingly shallow stereotypes. Instead, this video was made by a now 21-year-old girl named Rebecca Brown.

Brown began taking pictures of herself way before “selfie” even made its way into the dictionary. She started in 2007 at age 14, and has continued for the past six-and-a-half years.

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You’ll Think Twice About Sleeping By Your Phone After Reading This

Do you sleep with your phone next to your pillow? If so, you’re not alone. According to a Pew Internet and American Life study, 87 percent of teens sleep with their cell phones near them. Even though it seems like everybody’s doing it, that doesn’t mean it’s safe! In fact, the radiation may be harmful to your health.

Believe it or not, this discovery was first made by five ninth-grade girls in Denmark. They won a science competition with their findings!

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Summer and Part-Time Jobs Are Worth More Than Just Cash

We already know jobs are valuable to teens—they teach hard work and responsibility, and give teens some extra cash to save or spend (hopefully save!). But according to a recent study from the UBC Sauder School of Business, those hours at the ice cream shop or sitting in the lifeguard chair can do more than that—they can actually give teens the edge they need to make more money and have more opportunities later in life.

The study analyzed data from the Statistics Canada Youth in Transition Survey, which listed the work history of over 250,000 youths across Canada.

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Time to Put Down the Remote? 3 in 4 Teens Watch Too Much TV!

With shows like Pretty Little Liars and Game of Thrones dominating TV screens, it’s no wonder teens are spending tons of time on the couch. But just how much television are they watching? According to new research from the National Center for Health Statistics, only 27 percent of teens ages 12-15 are under the government recommended limit of two hours or less of TV time. That means nearly three out of four teens watch way too much television.

USA Today reports that 99 percent of adolescents said they watch TV daily. Among those teens, 7 percent watch five or more hours a day, and 5 percent spend five hours or more on the computer.

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Today Is Malala Day — What Are You #StrongerThan?

When most teens turn 17, chances are they’re wishing for a car, or maybe concert tickets to see their favorite band. But when Malala Yousafzai celebrates her birthday today, she’s asking for something intangible yet important: For people around the world to speak up in support of education. On Malala.org, she writes about her birthday wish, “It is not my day. It is the day of every girl and every boy. It is a day when we come together to raise our voices, so that those without a voice can be heard.”

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How Many Teens Are Texting & Driving? The Numbers Are Alarming

Texting and driving is always at the forefront of PSAs, but how often does it actually happen? A survey of Toronto students proves we do have something to worry about when it comes to teens and their phones.

According to the results, for 10-12th graders in Toronto, more than 1 in 3 licensed drivers admit to texting and driving at least once in the past year. For high school seniors, the number is even higher — 46 percent! That means nearly half of teen drivers are looking at their phone instead of the road, which is way too many.

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