Archive | August, 2013

Friday Faves!

It’s the last weekend of summer—enjoy! The Choices magazine/Teenbeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. 1. What do Emoji, Selfie, and Cakepop have in common? They’re all words the OED added to their online dictionary. Other new words that have been giving the OED seal of approval include digital detox (I need one! See #5 on this list) and buzzworthy (I’ve been using that 4ever) My only comment: Squee! 2. Much of the music teens listen to celebrates drinking and even namechecks specific […]


New Study—Violent Video Games Not So Bad After All

For years the debate has raged on: Do violent video games make teens act violently? The idea that they might is particularly unsettling when you consider that upwards of 90% of children in the US play video games. But when you look at the research on violence conducted over the past two decades, there are mixed results. As those responsible for the upbringing of these teens, we have to wonder: Are the hours they spend in a virtual warzone or life of crime turning them into killers? In the past, […]


Why You’ll Want to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March On Washington With Your Teens

I can’t listen to Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech without getting the chills. To celebrate the speech’s 50th anniversary today, I’m going watch a video of his rhetorical tour de force with my 15-year–old as soon as I get home from work. I’m sure he’s seen clips from it and from the March on Washington, but I don’t think he’s ever heard the whole speech from start to finish. I know it’s going to blow his mind—especially when I explain how Reverend King put his notes aside […]

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Alexis Has Cerebral Palsy

Last week, we introduced you to our brand new weekly feature, the Teen Flaunt—a partnership with Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It that is all about helping teens celebrate what makes them different and unique. Today, we encourage you to head over to the Teen Flaunt  page to read about Alexis, 14. No doubt, you’ll be inspired. Born with Cerebral Palsy on her left side, she hasn’t let it stop her. She surfs. She dances. She sings. She acts. But what we love most? She says her motto is “Throw it out there […]

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Cyber Hitchhiking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

So what if we told you teens were putting out public pleas for rides via social media? Yep. It’s true. Just when you read Margaret’s latest tech primer and thought you had a handle on how teens are using Twitter, The Today Show aired a segment on “cyber hitchhiking”—a new trend that apparently has kids Tweeting or Instagramming their way from point A to point B. For example: “I need a ride to the field at 3. Any takers?! :)” Horrified? Before you freak out and fear for the worst, […]


Introducing Monday Munchies!

We gave you a list of the 10 foods teens should eat in our September issue and now we want to show you some tasty ways to prepare them—introducing “Monday Munchies”! Every Monday we’re going to be posting simple, healthy, and delicious recipes that focus on teen nutrition and that even the most kitchen-newbie can create. To start, Fro-Yo Pops!   Greek Yogurt Fro-Yo Pops We all scream for ice cream! But when you check how much sugar is in those store-bought ice cream bars and ice pops you’ll be […]


Friday Faves!

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. 1. This Georgia school clerk’s amazing display of strength and compassion that saved countless lives after a young man entered Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy with a gun on Tuesday. 2. We all loved Kid President’s pep talk, right? Well, our favorite motivational speaker is back this week with an adorable interview with Beyoncé for World Humanitarian Day. 3. Can LinkedIn help your teen with the college […]


What’s App? Everything You Need to Know About Twitter

Staying on top of technology, especially when an age group as fickle as teens is steering the ship, can be an almost impossible task. As soon as you get the hang of Facebook, along come snaps and latergrams and a million little things that you’ve never heard of. To help you stay on top of it all, we’ve created our “What’s App?” feature: A basic field guide to the apps your teens are glued to. To start, let’s take a look at Twitter, a social media powerhouse and one of […]


Attention Coaches: A Cheap and Easy Concussion Test

Let’s say you’re a coach standing on the sidelines of a high school football practice. As your team runs through a live-hitting drill, you see one of your sophomore stars get knocked silly. You sprint to his aid, and as he pushes himself off the ground slowly, he says he’s fine. But how can you tell for sure that this player hasn’t suffered a concussion? It’s tricky. While there have been some promising developments in concussion assessment in recent years, most methods are either too expensive for budget-strapped programs (high-tech […]

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Our New Wednesday Feature: The Teen Flaunt!

If you subscribe to Choices, then you know that we’re all about celebrating differences and opening teens up to a wider world through our Different Like You series. (If you’re not familiar with it, check out September’s column here: Jessica is an Immigrant.) That’s why we’re thrilled to announce Teenbeing’s new partnership with Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It, a site dedicated to exploring the power of judgment—how and why we all judge each other, what that judgment does to us, and how we can overcome it. Each Wednesday (starting today), […]