Archive | February, 2014

Friday Faves: Why the “Like” Button Can Be Dangerous for Teens, an Inspiring Advertisement for Teen Girls, 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. Do family dinners really help your kids? This article explains the truth behind the myth. What do you think? Share in the comments section below. Also check out the familydinnerproject.org for family meal ideas to get your teens talking. 2. The way social media is transforming our world today is difficult, if not impossible, to define, but looking closely at the “like” button is a good start. […]

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Revamped Nutrition Labels Have Everyone Talking – Here’s What You Need to Know

Finally! For the first time in twenty years, the F.D.A. will be making major changes on nutrition labels. The goal: to make it easier for the average American to understand and they will reflect our changing portion sizes. Check out the The New York Times story detailing these changes, and the money quote from Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the F.D.A. Um. Yes. One of the proposed changes we are most excited for here at team Choices is adding an extra line on the nutrition label for added sugar. Food manufacturing companies […]

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Friday Faves: Why Middle School Girls Speak the Way They Do, Inspiring Teen Activists, 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. In line with our February article on stress, as well as our video on how to use it to your advantage, here’s another solution: Dance it out. Watch this video to let Thomas Stone High School show you how. 2. Have you noticed the trend of young women using baby talk? This article explores the trend’s influence on middle school girls and their self-confidence. How do you […]

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Congratulations, John Green! (And Why You Need to Know This Name)

What’s the coolest thing about social media? We’d have to say it’s a toss-up between how it can: Turn awesome/inspiring/well-deserving artists and crusaders into superstars Provide a platform that harnesses the masses for massive social good So that’s why we’re thrilled to highlight the announcement that bestselling YA novelist John Green will be awarded the Innovators Award from the L.A. Times Book Prizes. With his big talent and equally big heart, he’s proof of a new kind of role model that’s emerging online. And after exploring some of the potential […]

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Friday Faves: Mikaela Shiffrin Sees Pressure As a Good Thing, Meaningful Valentine’s Day Ideas, 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. 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin is now the top woman on the US Olympic ski team team after Lindsey Vonn was sidelined for surgery. Even though her new position is filled with stress and high expectations, she says she “doesn’t see pressure as a negative.” We agree. Check out this article from the February issue of Choices to learn about how a certain amount of stress can lead to […]

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The Dark Side of Valentine’s Day

Here at Choices, we see Valentine’s Day as an important time to reflect on our relationships with one another and explore the different ways of expressing our love and celebrating the holiday. We encourage you and your teens to consider some alternative ways to celebrate the holiday. We wrote a post on DoSomething.org’s Love Letters campaign, which encourages teens to make a DIY valentine with three facts about themselves inside. Once the card is received, Meals on Wheels will give it to an older adult during their deliveries. Our Friday Faves […]

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Friday Faves: A Psychologist Decodes Teen Romance, a New FDA Anti-Smoking Campaign, 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 New York Times wrote an article about parents who felt their children were being bullied by coaches. How would you respond? Share in the comments below. 2. A recent government survey has found that 3 out of 4 adolescents aren’t getting the physical activity they need to stay healthy. Find out more here and share this article from November’s Choices for a quick and simple way […]

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Teaching Your Teens Empathy with Help From YA Authors T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper

T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper are the authors of Changers Book One: Drew, the first of a four-part young adult book series, as well as the founders of Wearechangers.org, an empathy project aimed at teens. We recently had a chance to sit down and talk with the authors about why empathy is so important to teen lives, and how to help our teens achieve it. Read their advice below and leave your thoughts in the comments for a chance to win a copy of Changers!   What is the Changers […]

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Myths About Teens and Technology Every Parent Should Ignore

How does your teen’s online life make you feel? Clueless? Scared silly? Longing for the days of landline-only communication, or—at the very least—crappy dial-up connections that kept the Web in a separate, otherworld sphere? Earlier this week, Liz Perle, my former colleague and the current editor of HuffPost Teen, posted an incredibly insightful and from-the-heart piece urging parents to face these fears head-on, so that they can ultimately learn a little more about why many of those worries might be misguided. To summarize, in her own words: Don’t be frightened […]

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A Mistake We Made About Albinism—and Why the Words We Choose Matter

Edit note: The following is a guest post by Choices contributor Jane Bianchi, who frequently writes our Different Like You and Inspired Like You stories. She is formerly an editor at Seventeen and Family Circle magazines.   I had the pleasure of writing the Different Like You feature in the February issue of Choices magazine. The article is about a 16-year-old girl named Elizabeth Armstrong from Tyler, Texas, who was born with no pigment in her hair or skin. After the story was published, I was bummed when I got […]

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