Archive | November, 2013

This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Maria Talks About Body Image

Let’s say a boy’s beloved uncle makes a comment about his “big belly,” or a girl is teased about her “frizzy hair.” How can that single criticism take on a life of its own? It’s an issue Maria, now 17, explores in her Teen Flaunt essay this week. After one of her 4th-grade classmates commented on her “hairy arms,” she became self-conscious of a difference she never realized she had—and from that point on, there was no turning back. She started seeing herself as she imagined others saw her: hairy, […]

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Tis The Season… For the Choices Holiday Survival Guide!

The American Psychological Association has determined that more than 8 out of 10 Americans anticipate stress during the holiday season. But I don’t think anyone needed to hear those results to understand that the holidays are a stressful time for many us. The fact is that the holidays can be hard—and not just for adults. Teens are not immune to the problems that plague millions of Americans during this time of year such as weight gain, family drama, money trouble, and depression. And when you’re young it’s easy to look […]

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Friday Faves: John Greene Gets Personal, the Social Benefits of Smaller Classes, and More!

TGIF! The Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. 1.These twin brothers might not be the most typical high school students (they’ve already started their own business and have audited classes at New York Law School), but this piece provides an interesting look into the unbelievably busy lives of two high school students in New York City. What happened to just hanging out with your friends after school? 2. A mother sent her kids to school this week with a perfectly healthy homemade lunch […]

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This Prank Will Make You Rethink What You Share Online

Ah, the dreaded overshare. You’ve seen it before—the news feed filled with every minute detail of someone’s day, from what they ate to what they wore to every annoyance they encountered before breakfast. And our teens are certainly guilty of these TMI posts, tweeting between classes and instagramming every lunch. The constant social media stream has become such a normal part of our everyday lives, it’s hard to remember that these posts can be more than just annoying—they can be dangerous. In the video above, internet-famous prankster Jack Vale shows […]

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Angelica* is Inside the Closet

What’s it like to be toeing the line between feeling like you’ve finally figured out who you are—and also knowing that you need to keep it hidden inside? That’s the struggle of Angelica*,16, who identifies as a lesbian, yet is still trapped—as she so eloquently describes it—in “a dark room behind a multi-ton door.” From her very honest expression of how it feels to be a closeted teen:   To a certain extent, I am extremely proud of who I am, but that cognizant fear of people hating me because I am […]

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Friday Faves: Music for Your Mind, San Francisco Goes Gotham, and More

Happy Friday! The Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. 1. We love this ticket machine in Moscow that asks people to do 30 squats in exchange for a subway ride. Free transportation and a workout? Sign us up! 2. We’ve always had to tell our kids to sit further away from the TV screen to protect their eyes, but now our children are staring at all different kinds of screens, all day long. Check out these tips on how to relieve eyestrain brought […]

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Teens Can Teach Gram How to ‘Gram (and Win a $4K Scholarship!)

It’s no secret that the members of the Choices team are big advocates of mentoring up, as well as down. (Seriously! You can read all about it in the New York Post.) We’re also obsessed with how much teens know about technology, and we understand that sometimes—just sometimes—it can be really tough for kids to connect with old people, no matter how much they love them. (That’s why our Holiday Survival Guide included tips for those potentially awkward convos.) So, what are we getting at here? DoSomething.org’s Grandparents Gone Wired Campaign, […]

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Teens Are Using Condoms… Sometimes

To many, the idea of using a condom seems obvious. The mantras have been repeated in health classes and locker rooms alike, and commercials for condom brands appear everywhere from billboards to between songs on Spotify. But despite the popular marketing, the well-known brands, or even the free resources provided by schools and clinics across the country, condom use among teens and young adults remains inconsistent. According to recent statistics from the CDC, rates of condom use among American teens has been hovering steadily for a decade around the all-time […]

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Max’s Weight Doesn’t Define Him

Today’s essay excerpt comes from Max, a high school swimmer who—despite being active—has always been what might be considered overweight. As he describes being bullied for his body and the way he blamed himself for his above-average BMI, he paints a picture that serves as a powerful reminder that it’s not only girls who struggle with body image issues. Through all of this, I have learned that being fit doesn’t always mean that you look like the guy on the front of an Abercrombie or Hollister shopping bag. If you […]

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Friday Faves: Jimmy Kimmel Gets Schooled, Scientists Discover a New Body Part and More!

TGIF! The Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. 1. Remember The Little Engine That Could? “I think I can! I think I can!” Well, a new study has revealed that this mantra actually works when it comes to exercising. The study says that positive self-talk during a workout can actually improve your endurance and keep you going longer. 2. The Food and Drug Administration has begun the process of banning the use of artificial trans fats in our food. Unless food companies can […]

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