Archive | January, 2014

Friday Faves: A Video Game to Prevent Risky Behavior, Teaching Teens about Money via Text, 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. The Play2Prevent lab at Yale University has been given a grant to develop a video game for teens that they hope will help prevent risky behavior. “For them to actually sit down and really engage for that period of time has really surprised me. It’s something they can relate to,” says Erica Pretty, Youth Development Coordinator of the New Haven LEAP program. Check out the game here […]

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This Easy Volunteer Project is a Sure Cure for Cabin Fever (or a Fun Activity for Your Class)

Snow in the South, a consistent deep-freeze in the Northeast—pretty much our entire nation is at the mercy of this insane polar vortex at the moment, which means we’re all slowly going crazy cooped up inside. But while teens may joke about their seasonally induced boredom, the depression and isolation that plagues many older adults during the dead of winter is no laughing matter. (Some stats: Nearly 8.8 million of them suffer from depression. And not surprisingly, the peak time is now.) That’s exactly why we wanted to bring DoSomething.org’s […]

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Handling Cyberbullying Like a Celeb

This week, in Things That Make You Want To Quit The Internet: A sickeningly sex-centric Twitter called @iLikeGirlsDaily randomly started tweeting pictures tagged #10minsofArianaGrande. What followed was a Twitter-pic blitz of the 20-year-old pop starlet – some, past press shots; others, very vulgar and clearly photoshopped pics of the starlet, almost naked and entirely NSFW. It’s no news that celebrities like Ariana are easy targets for cyberbullying. We’ve seen a zillion Disney boppers and chart toppers undergo the nastiest Twitter-hate hailstorms, handling them with PR-preened grace (or, if we’re lucky, […]

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Friday Faves: An Antibullying App, How Sitting on the Couch Can Change Your Brain, and the Truth about Facebook!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for this week’s web. 1. Does your community have a bullying problem? A thirteen year old has developed an app to  help you find out. Viraj Puri, a student who has developed a blog called Bullyvention, is now working with scientists to create a live map of bullies around the country. Puri says he hopes it will help “lawmakers to address this very important issue.” 2. This month, New York Magazine wrote a fascinating article […]

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Dove’s New Short Film Reveals the Secrets Behind the Selfie

Are selfies hurting or helping teen self-esteem? That’s a question we’ve already explored here at Teenbeing (lack-of-spoiler alert: it’s complicated). But Monday at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign—now celebrating 10 years of brazen (as far as the beauty world is concerned), conversation-changing initiatives— premiered a brand new 8-minute documentary short called Selfie. After watching, you can say it has us excited about how the  answer to this very complex question is evolving. The film left our hearts a little warmed. It left us hopeful. Why? In the video, moms and daughters […]

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This Video Will Change the Way You See Stress

Teens know stress. The sweaty palms, the upset stomach, the trouble sleeping. And with a chem test tomorrow, practice until 8 tonight, and a band performance this weekend, it’s no wonder that teens sometimes feel like they just can’t deal. But here’s the good news: All that stress that drives teens crazy can actually be used for good. Don’t believe us? Watch the video below and our friend Berna will show you how. But even if you’re ready to Sparta Start-a and T-werk it out, stress can still snowball and […]

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Friday Faves: Get Involved on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, NFL Wide Receiver Opens up about Bullying, 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. This Monday is the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, and we challenge you and your teens to get up and get involved! Whether teens join a volunteer organization, start a fundraiser, or just help their neighbors or other students in their school, they’ll be actively participating in the holiday and helping to change the world! Teens should check out Scholastic.com/MLKDay for an opportunity to […]

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Study Says MTV’s “Teen Mom” May Have Prevented 20,000 Teen Pregnancies

Does MTV glamorize teen pregnancy? From the moments the network first aired 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom back in 2009, critics raised this question about the reality programs’ premise and potential. And as the shows’ stars started popping up on celebrity magazine covers, everyone—from bloggers to “parenting experts”—seemed to chime in with an opinion. Many found it careless, exploitative, and overly sensationalized. They criticized the drama, the feuds. They said it wasn’t scary enough. Most of all, though, they hated that these girls “who made a mistake” were getting […]

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Friday Faves: Madonna’s Instagram Mishap, Obama on Proper Punishment, 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. Madonna posted a photo on Instagram of her 13-year-old son and his friends flaunting bottles of vodka and gin with the caption: “The party has just begun! Bring it! 2014.” This sparked outrage from parents all over the country. She fought back, saying: “No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor! Don’t start the year off with judgement!” […]

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Teen Brains at Risk as Marijuana Use Rises

According to a new federal report, more American high school students are smoking marijuana than in past years. Health officials are concerned, and say that using marijuana during the teen years is especially dangerous because still-developing adolescent brains are more vulnerable to changes brought on by smoking. The rise in high school marijuana-smokers is concerning for a few reasons. First, the marijuana in high schools now isn’t the same pot of yesteryear. Marijuana today has three times the amount of THC (pot’s psychoactive ingredient) compared to the early 1990s. Nora […]

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