Archive | October, 2013

What’s App: Ask.fm

Question-and-answer site Ask.fm has so far stayed under the radar of most adults, despite its estimated 65 million users worldwide. But given the heavy associations the site has with cyberbullying, and the fact that half of its users are under the age of 18, perhaps parents and teachers should be taking a closer look. Ask.fm follows a simple question-and-answer format, similiar to a game of Truth or Dare. Users join the site and then create a profile, on which other users can ask them questions or make statements. Even if […]

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Katherine Overcame Trich

The first time Katherine, 18, yanked a hair from her head, she was 12 years old. “I had just recently gotten bleach blonde highlights in my long dirty-blonde hair,” she writes. “Looking in the mirror to examine my bangs and highlights, I noticed one hair longer than all the others. So I nonchalantly plucked it out.” What followed was a nearly six-year struggle with Trichotillomania (“Trich” for short), a disorder—often triggered by depression or stress—that causes the strong, compulsive urge to pull out hair from the scalp, face, or arms. The […]

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New Research That Will Change the Way You Think About Teens and Health

You can tell teens they need to eat more fruit or that it pays to exercise, but as we all know, that doesn’t mean they’ll take action. So what’s standing in the way? Whenever I talk to teens who are struggling with their weight, they express frustration with the power that stress or sadness or bad body image has over their habits. If they don’t believe they’re strong enough to exercise, or if something’s making them feel lousy that day, no amount of knowledge will be able to trump that […]

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Where Do You Stand in the Epi Pen Debate?

  On September 16, 2013, 13-year-old Cameron Espinosa suffered an allergic reaction during a school football game. The eighth grader of Paul R. Haas Middle School, in Corpus Christi, Texas, was huddled with his team on the field when he began shouting, “Ants! Ants! Ants!” He collapsed and was immediately taken to Driscoll Children’s Hospital, before passing away four days later. His allergic reaction to fire ants on the field was a tragic accident, but experts say his death could have been prevented had someone given him an epinephrine auto […]

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Monday Munchies: Cold Nutty Noodles With Broccoli

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, Cold Nutty Noodles with Broccoli! Love those peanut butter noodles from that great Chinese restaurant near you? Here’s a healthier version that’s so easy to make you might rethink your next […]

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Friday Faves!

TGIF! The Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. 1. We’re not huge fans of sugary drinks over here, but we think that Coca-Cola’s plans to build these kiosks providing water, electricity, and Internet in 20 countries with need are a great idea. But we hope they stick to water instead of soda! 2. This principal lets us in on the two tools every teacher needs to manage middle school students in the classroom: distraction and relationship. 3. Does your teen work out […]

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month!

Each year, over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying [ed note: a commenter recently called into question the veracity of some of the bullying statistics that are floating around online—read about it here]. And while putting an end to bullying is a goal for the Choices/TeenBeing team year-round, October is National Bullying Prevention Month, bringing national focus to this important and timely issue for 31-straight days. Originally a week-long project started by PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention in 2006, the campaign has now evolved into a full month […]

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Taylor Was Adopted

When Taylor was 8 years old, her parents sent her brother away for the day and sat her down in the living room. She was convinced she was in trouble. Wouldn’t any kid be, under those circumstances? But instead of dishing out a lecture, Taylor’s mom delivered some very unexpected news: Taylor had been adopted at 10 weeks old. It was a revelation met with confusion, curiosity, and ultimately (as Taylor writes in her Flaunt) a very serene sense of clarity. We find her perspective mature and inspiring: I am grateful that my […]

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