Archive | December, 2013

Friday Faves: An Eye-Opening Anti-Bullying Video, The Truth About Caffeine, and More!

Happy Friday! The Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. 1. This video about bullying shows how much power bystanders have to control an incident, though also sadly reveals that many bystanders aren’t using that power. Take a look at the Choices article about bystanders to see how your teen can stand up and get involved. 2. A bill has been proposed by the New York City Council to add electronic cigarettes to the ban on smoking in public places. The debate about whether […]

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Dominique Has Had 13 Surgeries

Yes, that’s a lot of doctor’s visits, hospital stays, and recovery time. But you won’t find Dominique, 18, feeling sorry for herself. Born with heart problems and congenital scoliosis, she has risen from a physically fragile infant to a mentally tough teen—one with a sincere appreciation for the hardships life has handed her. In her very eloquent essay, Dominique likens each experience to a brick she holds in her backpack, which she has used to build a foundation of personal strength and resilience: I am thankful for my health problems, my […]

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More Teens Are Using E-Cigarettes Than Ever

According to a recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), twice as many middle and high school students are now trying e-cigarettes than in previous years. Health officials are concerned, saying the e-cigarettes, originally rumored to he a “harmless” version of cigarettes, could be causing as many health problems as they are supposedly fixing. E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, use batteries in order to create a nicotine mist which users smoke like a regular burning cigarette. Although e-cigarette marketers say these smokeless cigarettes are healthier, researchers agree […]

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Tune In as The Today Show Goes Inside the Teenage Mind

This morning The Today Show kicked off a series called Inside the Teenage Mind, in which correspondent Jenna Bush Hager sits down with 10 teens ranging in age from 13 to 17, talking to them about everything from bullying and academic pressure to drugs and sex. The major takeaway: They feel there’s no room to fail in today’s achievement-focused academic environment (“you’re trying to dictate your future”), and cell phones and social media have made it impossible to escape peer pressure or keep anything private. It’s worth a watch on your own […]

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