Archive | July, 2014

Amazing Teen Alert! Ryan Volunteers to Raise Money for Grieving Families

Ryan Patrick, 14, is no stranger to fundraising. He and his friends have been working together to raise over $50,000 to support grieving families and those in need. In the exclusive interview below, Ryan tells us all about his volunteer work, his inspirations, and the advice he has for other teens trying to get involved. Can you briefly describe the work that you¹ve done and the success you¹ve achieved so far? I’m from Newtown, CT, where the Sandy Hook Elementary School is. After the tragedy at the school in 2012, […]


This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Sydney Opens Up About Asthma

For most of us, breathing isn’t given a second thought. It’s a natural action of our body. But for 17-year-old Sydney Rose Hotz, it’s a much different story. Ever since the age of 6, she’s had to deal with asthma.

In her Teen Flaunt essay, Sydney shares how she’s become stronger because of her asthma, and why she doesn’t let it stop her from reaching her dreams.


Why It’s Important To Let Teens Talk To Their Doctors… Alone

Next time you take your teen for a check-up, it’s important to give them some space. According to a new study, teens are more likely to discuss important topics with their doctors, such as sexual health and drug use, if their parents are out of the room. The study found that the most topics were discussed when parents were there for part of the visit, but left the room for the remainder of the time.


Scary Spice: The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

Today the New York City Health Department issued a warning about synthetic marijuana. According to ABC 7, in the past four days, there have been 15 people with severe reactions to the drug. In addition, emergency room visits from this substance more than doubled this year.

In April, Choices magazine featured an article called “Scary Spice” all about this substance. It includes the story of a teen named Emily, who is now in a wheelchair after smoking synthetic marijuana. She damaged nearly three quarters of her brain and is now legally blind.


Will This Help Prevent Teens From Abusing Painkillers?

Each day, an average of 2,000 teens will try prescription drugs recreationally for the first time. This statistic, from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, proves why a recent development from the Food and Drug Administration is a big deal. On Wednesday, the FDA approved a new painkiller intended to deter prescription drug abuse. If successful, this could combat the current drug crisis among teens (and adults, too).

The painkiller is called Targiniq ER, and combines oxycodone with naloxone.


Uh-Oh! Teen Use of Performance-Enhancing Substances Doubles

When we think of steroids, chances are men with big, bulky muscles come to mind. Or even famous athletes, who have been caught in ‘roid rage scandals. But teenagers? They may not seem like typical offenders, but surprisingly human growth hormone (or hGH) usage has recently more than doubled among teens.

Washington Post reports that teen use of synthetic human growth hormone increased by 120 percent from 2012-2013.


Celebrate Harry Potter With These Magical Words

July is a big month for Harry Potter fans! On July 21st, it was exactly seven years since the seventh book was released. Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling both have a birthday coming up on July 31st, and today is Daniel Radcliffe’s birthday – though you may better know him as the actor who played Harry Potter himself! There’s so much to celebrate this month, the Scholastic Store is even hosting a magical month of Harry Potter events.

So what’s all the excitement about? Well, we know the Harry Potter series has been wildly successful (selling around 500 million copies worldwide!) and encouraged even struggling readers to discover a world of magic.


This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Julia Isn’t Defined By OCD

“Obsession” is a word that tends to get thrown around a lot. “OMG, I’m obsessed with Ariana Grande’s new song!” or “I have a Hunger Games obsession.” It’s come to mean you really, really like something. And while being passionate is great, it’s not quite the same as being obsessed. Or at least not for everyone.

Meet Julia Jarvis — a 17-year-old who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a severe anxiety disorder that affects her everyday life. As she explains in her Teen Flaunt essay, obsessive takes on a whole new meaning for her.


Success vs. Kindness: What Do Teens Value More?

Winning a baseball game and acing a history test are super satisfying. But should the desire for success trump the ability to be kind to others? We’d say no, which makes this recent study published in the Boston Globe a bit disappointing. According to the research by Harvard Graduate School of Education, more teens value achievement over compassion.

They surveyed 10,000 middle and high school students from 33 schools across the nation about which value is most important: achievement, happiness, or compassion.


Why July Is The Riskiest Month For Teens

Without having to worry about schoolwork, summer is considered a time to relax! But maybe teens are being a little too carefree this month, at least when it comes to risky behavior. According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), July is when more young people start using drugs or alcohol compared to any other month. The stats are definitely surprising!

On average, in the month of July, someone under 18 starts drinking alcohol every 8 seconds, or smoking cigarettes every 17 seconds.