Archive | September, 2013

What’s App: Kik, Voxer, and Other Messenger Apps

On September 9th, 2013, 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick committed suicide. For months she had been terrorized via social media, despite Rebecca’s mother shutting down Rebecca’s Facebook and monitoring her online presence. After Rebecca’s tragic death, it was revealed that she had been using other social media apps, such as Kik Messenger and Voxer, that Rebecca’s mother hadn’t even heard of, let alone knew were a vehicle for tormenting her daughter. At Choices and TeenBeing, we don’t ever try to label an app as “bad” or “unsafe” – after all, it […]

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Harrison’s Story

In families where one child has special needs, there is often a seemingly strong and resilient sibling somewhere on the sidelines, feeling the ripples but not making waves. Harrison, 18, is that sibling. And in this week’s Teen Flaunt (part of our partnership with Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It), he reveals the challenges of growing up in the shadow of his younger sister, who was “notorious for a rambunctious disposition in our close-knit community.” That “rambunctious disposition,” you’ll learn, had several diagnosed causes—and was likely intensified by the colossal secret his sister was holding […]

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Video: How to Read a Nutrition Label

The Choices October issue is here! One of our favorite articles from this issue is about the ten worst foods for teen nutrition. As parents and educators, we know it’s important to be familiar with the healthiest foods as well as the most notorious nutrition no-no’s, but how can we train teens to navigate the in-betweens? By reading food labels, of course! The problem is, nutrition labels include a lot of fine print and terms that many teens (and adults!) may not be familiar with. But never fear—Choices and TeenBeing […]

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The Very Real Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

On the night of December 7, 2012, Emily Bauer, a straight A and B sophomore at Cy-Fair High school in Cypress, Texas, complained of another migraine. (The painful headaches had been plaguing her for a couple of weeks, her family told CNN.com.) So she lay down to take a nap at her house, hoping to sleep off the pain. Little did Emily know at the time, she wouldn’t wake up refreshed. She would wake up a completely different person. That night—and every day prior for the past two weeks—Emily had […]

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Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play

Here at Choices and TeenBeing, we love learning about anything that has to do with teens getting outside and getting active. So, when we heard that Nickelodeon’s 10th Annual Worldwide Day of Play was being held this Saturday and in our hometown of New York City, we were beyond excited. The Worldwide Day of Play is about coming together and encouraging kids and teens to lead an active, healthy life. And that doesn’t have to mean training for the Olympics, it means doing what kids have known how to do […]

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Monday Munchies: Guacamole

It’s Monday and we’re hungry! 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. Start the week off right with a simple, healthy, and delicious recipe that focuses on teen nutrition and that even the most kitchen-newbie can create. This week, Guacamole! Whether you’re making it to enjoy while watching the game or as an after-school snack, this tasty, healthy dip is sure to get rave reviews! Ingredients: 1 clove of garlic, peeled […]

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Friday Faves!

Happy Friday! The Choices magazine/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. 1. She’s known for teaching us how to deal with mean girls in her book Queen Bees and Wannabees (Tina Fey’s movie Mean Girls is based on it!) but she’s actually the mother of two boys. Read an excerpt from Rosalind Wiseman’s new book, Masterminds and Wingmen, about helping teenage boys navigate the halls of high school, which can be just as treacherous as the ones girls walk. 2. We know texting gives […]

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Easy Ways Body Language Can Help Teens Feel Powerful

It’s not a newsflash that our body language is doing a lot of the talking for us when we’re in a social situation. But it turns out that your body language doesn’t just change how people view you—it changes your body chemistry in ways that can make you feel powerful and confident. I learned all about this while watching a TED talk by Ann Cuddy, a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School. Most of this fascinating research is being shared with the business community—for example, how to feel in […]

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Pre-Teen Blogger We Love: Hannah Alper

As you may have noticed, we love teen bloggers. We profiled several of our faves in the Choices story “15 and Famous,” and are borderline obsessed with crafty teen Ty and his blog, Know and Tell Crafts. Finding a cause you’re passionate about, developing your own unique voice, and bravely opening yourself up to the world can be daunting for someone of any age. So when we heard about Hannah Alper, the eco-activist, blogger, and 10-year-old, we were blown away. Hannah’s blog, Call Me Hannah, tracks her progress as she […]

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Clever Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get Stuff Done

What’s your time waster of choice? Silly cat videos? Your Facebook feed? Salacious celeb gossip? (I’m quite partial to G-chats and adorable chimp photos, thank you very much.) As we all know, teens—like adults—struggle with procrastination, maybe even more so than we do. Because, while technology is tough for all of us to ignore, the FOMO-factor (that is: “fear of missing out”) feels extra intense during the middle and high school years. Teens aren’t just dealing with dread of the task at hand, but also downright terror that they’ll lose […]

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