Archive | July, 2014

WATCH: This Inspiring Video Will Change What You Think Of Selfies!

Millennials have been dubbed the “seflie generation” — a phrase which tends to have a negative connotation. It’s synonymous with being self-obsessed or entitled, as if teenagers spend all of their free time glued to their iPhone cameras. (Come on, everybody! Give teens more credit.) Luckily, there’s a video that will change the way you think of selfies. No, not that “But first, let me take a selfie” song which tends to reinforce those seemingly shallow stereotypes. Instead, this video was made by a now 21-year-old girl named Rebecca Brown.

Brown began taking pictures of herself way before “selfie” even made its way into the dictionary. She started in 2007 at age 14, and has continued for the past six-and-a-half years.

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You’ll Think Twice About Sleeping By Your Phone After Reading This

Do you sleep with your phone next to your pillow? If so, you’re not alone. According to a Pew Internet and American Life study, 87 percent of teens sleep with their cell phones near them. Even though it seems like everybody’s doing it, that doesn’t mean it’s safe! In fact, the radiation may be harmful to your health.

Believe it or not, this discovery was first made by five ninth-grade girls in Denmark. They won a science competition with their findings!

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Summer and Part-Time Jobs Are Worth More Than Just Cash

We already know jobs are valuable to teens—they teach hard work and responsibility, and give teens some extra cash to save or spend (hopefully save!). But according to a recent study from the UBC Sauder School of Business, those hours at the ice cream shop or sitting in the lifeguard chair can do more than that—they can actually give teens the edge they need to make more money and have more opportunities later in life.

The study analyzed data from the Statistics Canada Youth in Transition Survey, which listed the work history of over 250,000 youths across Canada.

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Time to Put Down the Remote? 3 in 4 Teens Watch Too Much TV!

With shows like Pretty Little Liars and Game of Thrones dominating TV screens, it’s no wonder teens are spending tons of time on the couch. But just how much television are they watching? According to new research from the National Center for Health Statistics, only 27 percent of teens ages 12-15 are under the government recommended limit of two hours or less of TV time. That means nearly three out of four teens watch way too much television.

USA Today reports that 99 percent of adolescents said they watch TV daily. Among those teens, 7 percent watch five or more hours a day, and 5 percent spend five hours or more on the computer.

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Today Is Malala Day — What Are You #StrongerThan?

When most teens turn 17, chances are they’re wishing for a car, or maybe concert tickets to see their favorite band. But when Malala Yousafzai celebrates her birthday today, she’s asking for something intangible yet important: For people around the world to speak up in support of education. On Malala.org, she writes about her birthday wish, “It is not my day. It is the day of every girl and every boy. It is a day when we come together to raise our voices, so that those without a voice can be heard.”

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How Many Teens Are Texting & Driving? The Numbers Are Alarming

Texting and driving is always at the forefront of PSAs, but how often does it actually happen? A survey of Toronto students proves we do have something to worry about when it comes to teens and their phones.

According to the results, for 10-12th graders in Toronto, more than 1 in 3 licensed drivers admit to texting and driving at least once in the past year. For high school seniors, the number is even higher — 46 percent! That means nearly half of teen drivers are looking at their phone instead of the road, which is way too many.

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Belieb It Or Not, There Are Health Benefits To Justin’s Hairstyle!

Have you heard about the Big Bang Theory? No, not the explanation of how the universe was created. We’re not talking about the hilarious TV show either. Instead, this theory is about Justin Bieber and how his hairstyle is saving teens from sun damage. Although it sounds like the subject of an article from The Onion, it’s actually true! Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital discovered the health benefits of Bieber’s bangs.

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Which Teens Will Be Binge Drinking at 16?

We know adolescents often experiment with alcohol — but we don’t know why some teens go on to binge drink, while others learn to drink responsibly. According to recent research from the University of Vermont, though, we may have some clues.

In the study, published earlier this week in the scientific journal Nature, brain scans were taken of around 700 14-year-olds from across Europe. The study also looked at these teens’ genetics, personalities, and drinking habits. Researchers then followed up with teens two years later to see how their habits changed.

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Why High School Sports Are A Victory For Mental Health

Thanks to the World Cup, soccer is everywhere right now. Watching all of those games may even inspire your teens to try out for the school team — and you should encourage them to do so! Playing high school sports helps teens stay in shape, and now a new study suggests there are major mental health benefits, too. Whether baseball, basketball, or lacrosse, athletic teens (grades 8 through 12) have less stress and better mental health as young adults than those who don’t play sports, according to recent research.

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More Teens Are Smoking Hookah — And Mistakenly Believe It’s Safer

Hookahs have been around for a long time — just look at the caterpillar in Alice In Wonderland. But even though these waterpipes are featured in children’s cartoons, that doesn’t mean they’re safe. In fact, many teens underestimate the health repercussions of smoking hookah, according to USA Today.

A study found that more teens are smoking hookah than before. Nearly 1 in 5 high school seniors admit to smoking out of a hookah in the past year.

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