Archive | May, 2014

This Contest Gives Teens the Power to Make a Difference!

Summer vacation is right around the corner, and what better way for teens to spend that time off than pursuing a project they’re passionate about? DoSomething.org and Toyota are teaming up to give young people the chance to create a positive impact.

The campaign is called The Hunt. It’s a seven-day challenge to take action on seven different causes in the community—from bullying to the environment to education, the options are endless. The Hunt will take place from August 4-10.

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Friday Faves: National Spelling Bee Champions, Maya Angelou’s Legacy, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!

1. For the first time in 50 years, there were two winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Sriram Hathwar, a 14-year-old 8th grader from NY, shares the title with Ansun Sujoe, a 13-year-old 7th grader from TX. When asked about the tie, Sriram had a great attitude, telling CNN, “It was really a competition against the dictionary, and not against Ansun or any of the other competitors.” Congrats, boys!

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Warning: This Anti-Bullying Rap Will Make You Cry

The teen musical duo Bars and Melody, made up of 15-year old Charlie Lenehan and 13-year-old Leondre Devries, recently made a splash on the reality TV show Britain’s Got Talent, impressing the judges and quickly becoming a fan favorite. But as soon as the video of their original anti-bullying song hit YouTube, these young talents won over more than the notoriously unimpressed Simon Cowell – they won over 23 million views and fans across the world. Leondre explains that he wrote the lyrics for the rap portion of the song […]

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Friday Faves: The Pros & Cons of Texting, A High School Yearbook Controversy, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!

1. As we mentioned last week, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair brings together high school competitors from around the world. At the fair, 15-year-old Nathan Han received a prestigious award for his software tool that can identify and predict cancer-causing mutation in a person’s DNA. He told the Huffington Post he was surprised to win because he got discouraged along the way. He was rejected from several internships since he’s only 15, making it difficult to find a research mentor. Luckily, he didn’t give up and walked away from the contest with a $75,000 prize!

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This Will Get Teens Talking About Texting and Driving—Guaranteed

Did you know that a whopping 40% of U.S. teens say they’ve been in a car with someone who was using their phone in a way that put them in danger? In an effort to put an end to texting and driving, DoSomething.Org is launching a new campaign today. But instead of using scare tactics, the non-profit is trying a different approach… Thumb Socks! Yes, you read that right: socks for your thumbs. 1-2-3-4, Do Something declares a Thumb War! According to research, teens are more likely to talk about difficult […]

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Teaching Teens About Money: 4 Tips for Success

This post is by contributing writer Neil Reed, an expert in saving and managing money. Fiscal responsibility is a challenge for many people. We can see it in the high incidence of credit card debt and the low rate of savings that plague our country. What’s more is that financial practices have a legacy effect, meaning that your spending and saving habits will most likely be passed down to your children. But whether your habits are stellar or extremely poor, you can always improve your children’s future by actively involving them (especially […]

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Friday Faves: Teens Compete in International Science & Engineering Fair, The Most Sugary Cereals, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!

1. If you hit a roadblock when brainstorming, head outdoors. According to Psychology Today, a recent study analyzed the habits of 300 teens in Singapore and concluded that going outside and feeling connected to nature can increase creativity and innovative thinking.

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The Effects of Global Warming You Need to See to Believe!

Imagine your street, your school, or your neighborhood completely underwater. This isn’t the plot of a futuristic sci-fi movie. Instead, it’s a potential reality if sea levels continue rising because of global warming.

WorldUnderWater.org’s homepage reads, “Sea levels are rising. Soon, climate change won’t just affect people living in coastal regions, but each and every one of us.”

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VIDEO: How to NOT Be a Cyberbully

Believe it or not, it isn’t just the trolls and haters that can use the Internet to ruin someone’s day. That one little like, tweet, or shared photo can turn a regular teen into a secret cyberbully in a snap. Check out the latest video in our How to Deal series to see what little actions can have big consequences, and how your teens can use their time online instead.     For more information on cyberbullies and how your teen can avoid becoming one, check out “Which One of […]

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Friday Faves: The Surprising Effects of Energy Drinks, Teens’ Inspiring College Essays About Money, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!

1. Despite their name, energy drinks may be having the opposite effect as promised. A new study found that instead of making teens feel energized and focused, these sugary, caffeinated beverages actually create feelings of laziness and tiredness. The same is true for sports drinks. To learn more about the side effects of energy drinks, check out the “Deadly Drinks?” story from the February 2013 issue of Choices.

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