Archive | December, 2013

Best of TeenBeing 2013

It’s strange to think that at the beginning of 2013, TeenBeing was only a dream that the Choices team had for how to deliver even more amazing health, wellness, and life-skills content to parents, teachers, and teens across the country. And now look where we are! 2014 is just around the corner, and we’re overflowing with advice and information, and feel so lucky to have created a community for so many like-minded parents, educators, and role-models for teens. In the spirit of nostalgia, we thought it’d be fun to take […]

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A Choices Favorite is One of the Coolest Kids of 2013

In each issue of Choices, we try to introduce our readers to teens that will inspire them to follow their dreams and passions. In our February 2013 issue, we introduced you to Georgia, the hearing-impaired teen chef who’s using her passion for cooking to both remember her mother, and to help her father make more healthful decisions. Today, Georgia was featured on HuffPost Live with the “Coolest Kids of 2013”—and we couldn’t agree more with their decision to include her among the coolest. In the interview, Georgia discusses her big […]

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Annie Survived Self-Harm

“In seventh grade, I discovered a very bad habit,” writes Annie, 18. She’s not talking about biting her nails or twirling her hair. She’s talking about something much more serious: self-harm. And according to mental health professionals, Annie is not alone. While definitive statistics are tough to come by, it is estimated that anywhere between 13 to 25% of high school students deliberately cut, burn, punch or poison themselves on a repeated basis. Some do it to feel control over their bodies while the rest of life spins out of […]

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Friday Faves: Why You’re Wasting Cash on Multivitamins, Healthy Holiday Treats, and More!

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. Apple made a touching holiday ad, reminding us all what’s important this holiday season – and that’s screens aren’t always the enemy. 2. Experts are saying you should stop wasting your money on multivitamins. Why? Learn more here. 3. A bunch of research about the safety of antibacterial soap is surfacing. More specifically, the FDA is looking into both its effectiveness and whether a key chemical in […]

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These Influential Teens Are Changing the World

We know that teens are passionate about changing the world–and we’re thrilled to hear that TIME magazine is giving some of the biggest game-changers the recognition they deserve. Their list of the 16 most-influential teens of 2013 features everyone from pop sensation Lorde to Ionut Budisteanu, a 19-year-old who designed a self-driving car. Check the list out here and share it in your class or at your dinner table, and get your teens inspired and involved! Some of these brave teens, like the ever-inspiring Malala, have been on TeenBeing or […]

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Rebecca Finds a Place Where No One Can Judge

Poor body image, shifting friendships, crippling depression, dangerous self-harm—at only 16 years old, Rebecca has already faced up against some of the harshest struggles adolescence has to offer. But through a love of art, the outlet it offers, and the lessons it provides her, she has found a way to harness her emotions and accept herself as is. As Rebecca explains in her Teen Flaunt essay, art is a safe space where she can express herself, free of judgment. It’s an opportunity to vent, without consequence: The painting we know as […]

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Today’s Must-Read Story: A Happy Tear-Jerker (Told in Tweets)

Billy Baker, a reporter for the Boston Globe, first met George Huynh, the son of Vietnamese immigrants, while working on a series about Boston’s #19 bus. He was chronicling the different characters who ride this route, which winds through several of the city’s down-and-out  neighborhoods. George himself boarded the #19 in Dorchester to travel to the Boston Latin School, an elite and rigorous public institution for the city’s smartest students. Each day, he left his troubles at home—his dad had just committed suicide, his mom was struggling with mental health […]

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Why are Teens Dying to Belong?

And we mean that in the most literal sense. In case you haven’t seen the heartbreaking headlines, a 19-year-old Baruch College student named Michael Deng died this past Monday from injuries sustained on a weekend fraternity retreat, making him—very sadly—just another victim of hazing gone horribly wrong. While details are still scant, it appears that Deng and other freshman pledges were forced to run the “gauntlet,” a ritual where initiates are blindfolded, weighted down by a backpack of  sand, and repeatedly pushed and pummeled to the ground. The recent Bronx Science […]

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Friday Faves: The Science of Snacking and Snoozing, a Shocking Film About Body Image, and More!

TGIF! The Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. 1. A new study has revealed that students who are considered more attractive than their peers are more likely to get higher grades, go to college, and be successful later in life. The study did not conclude whether these findings were a result of higher levels of confidence in the “better looking” students or of outright favoritism. Either way, we find this a little disturbing. What do you think? Let us know in the comments […]

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Halie Has a Learning Disability

It’s no newsflash that most kids just want to blend in. That’s why Halie, 17, has had a tough time coming to terms with her learning disability, which creates an actual physical and emotional rift between her and her classmates. Shuffled off to a separate”learning room” from third grade on, she can’t help but wonder: Do the other kids think there’s something wrong with her? Do they treat her differently because of her disability? She saw herself how she thought they saw her, and it wore on her self-esteem. Now I am […]

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