Archive | August, 2013

Bully Text campaign

The Cool New Way to Teach Teens About Bullying

  It’s no secret that we love the awesome team over at, and their brand new campaign—launching today—is so incredibly, insanely brilliant that our little hearts are practically beating out of our chests over here. Ready to hear it? They’ve created an interactive text game called The Bully Text. It gives participants a one-of-a-kind experience, teaching them what it’s like to be bullied, be the bully, or be a bystander, all through their one lifeline . . . their phone. (Click on the amazing infographic above to make it […]


Friday Faves!

Happy Friday! The Choices Magazine/Teenbeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Enjoy! 1. Ashton Kutcher’s amazing and inspirational speech at the Teen Choice awards. Who knew he was so deep? 2.  And this graduation speech given by writer George Saunders at Syracuse University is full of great advice—even if you’re not graduating! 3. OMG! The US Department of Agriculture has released an amazing infographic about the costs of raising a child. If you have a teen, you’ve probably noticed that kids are a […]


We Talk Bullying With Emily Bazelon

One of the stories in our September issue that’s near and dear to my heart as the both the mother if a 15-year-old and the editor of this magazine is about how important it is to distinguish between bullying and drama. The idea for our story, Is it Bullying or Drama, grew out of an interview I did with Emily Bazelon about her must-read book Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. The whole issue of bullying is difficult to deal […]


Editor’s Pick: Jessica Is an Immigrant

Nearly 40 million people in the U.S. were born in another country and came here in search of a better life. One of these immigrants is Jessica, the inspirational focus of our September issue’s Different Like You feature. When she was in second grade, Jessica immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico with her mother. Jessica’s transition wasn’t easy. It took her a long time for her to adjust to her new home, which included learning a new language and making new friends. Her mom struggled too—to find work and affordable […]


Are Selfies Hurting or Helping Teen Self-Esteem?

I was an incredibly camera-shy kid. In fact, you’d have a pretty hard time proving my presence at a single family gathering during a certain stretch of the early ’90s (sorry about that, Mom!). Which is why I found it so difficult to wrap my head around the selfie trend as it took hold several years ago. While I could hardly stomach a snapshot showing up in my mom’s photo album, how do kids now feel so comfortable offering themselves up for approval or scrutiny? And why are today’s teens […]


Deadly Texts: It Can Wait

If you want to stop your teens, or anyone else, from texting and driving—drop what you’re doing and watch the heart-wrenching documentary From One Second To The Next. Made by acclaimed director Werner Herzog (you may know him from Cave of Forgotten Dreams) for the It Can Wait campaign against texting and driving, this powerful 34-minute film will make even the most notorious offender put their phone down while they’re behind the wheel. This is not your average PSA. The haunting true stories of four devastating accidents caused by texting […]


Editor’s Pick: The 10 Best Foods for Teens

It’s been estimated that we make more than 200 food-related decisions every day: what to eat, when to eat it, how much. At 23 years old, that’s a lot of decisions. And I wasn’t always happy with them. From middle school onward, I became obsessed with dieting. But what started as a fun little foray into trendy weight loss plans started to take its toll on me, physically and emotionally. With the constant contradictions, my body and my brain both started to forget what they wanted. I’d go weeks or […]


Are High School Sports Too Dangerous?

Get this: A couple of weeks ago, Dr. Pietro Tornino, a sports medicine physician at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, came out and straight-up suggested that parents not let their teens play football because of the high risk of injury. Pretty bold, right? But whether or not you even consider heeding his advice, now is the perfect time to talk about the safety of high school sports. More teens are playing than ever, and more teens are getting hurt—plain and simple. In “Playing Through the Pain” in the […]


The September issue of Choices is here!

It’s that time again—back to school! We know that this is a very exciting and very busy time for all of you and the September issue of Choices is here to help you with the transition. As with every issue, we cover a range of topics that we think you’ll love. From healthy foods that will help keep teens on their toes to advice on how to deal with drama in school, this issue is packed with unbelievable advice. Here’s a list of the stories we’re most excited about—we can’t wait […]


Get Your Teens to Sour on Sugar

This is a picture of the sugar-filled vending machine stationed steps away from my where I sit at Scholastic. There’s nothing extraordinary about it—except for the fact that it’s there in the first place. Given all we know about nutrition (and about what is egregiously non-nutritious) that fact that it remains is a testament to the unreasonable hold sweet snacks has over us. But it’s seemed even more sinister to me lately since I just finished reading an epic piece called Sugar Love: A Not So Sweet Story in the […]