Archive | October, 2014

This Video About Technology Is A Must-See!

In our September issue, Choices magazine raised this question: Are smartphones making us stupid? Two teens debated the topic — one said we rely too much on our phones, while the other pointed out the value of being only a click away from a wealth of information. Regardless of which side you’re on, this video may make you rethink the amount of time you spend behind a screen. “Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?” is a spoken word video by Prince EA (real name Richard Williams) from St. Louis, Missouri.

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Laura is Helping Raise Her Younger Brother

Laura Peña calls herself her mom’s understudy. Nope, they’re not in a play together—instead, the title refers to her role as a second mother to her younger brother. In this week’s Teen Flaunt, the 17-year-old writes about what she’s learned from her sibling, who she also refers to as “the biggest blessing in her life so far.” She explains: I had expected to spend my life as an only child, but when life gifts you with a sibling at fourteen, you just have to accept it with open arms. I’d […]

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Positive Peer Pressure — All the Cool Kids are Doing It

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so your #ChoicesChallenge is to Stop the Hate.

So how do we do that? Well, all of those anti-bullying messages — you know, the “No Bully Zone” posters — haven’t really been resonating with kids, because most don’t classify themselves as bullies. In fact, the majority of bullying behaviors are actually coming from normal kids who are just having a tough time.

If we want to encourage positive behavior, it’s not about getting rid of the bullies; it’s about changing the climate of the school.

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Malala, Mo’ne Davis, & Jenner Sisters Among TIME’s List of the 25 Most Influential Teens in 2014

On Tuesday, TIME debuted its list of this year’s 25 Most Influential Teens. From activist (and recent Nobel Peace Prize winner) Malala Yousafzai to all-star athlete Mo’ne Davis, it’s an inspiring group of young adults.

Mo’ne, 13, made headlines this year when she pitched a no-hitter in the Little League World Series and landed a cover of Sports Illustrated. But she’s not the only athlete on the list. There’s Lydia Ko, a 17-year-old golfer, who ranks third among all women worldwide.

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Is Multitasking Bad For Teens? Surprisingly, No

Distracted, scatter-brained, sidetracked. These are adjectives that may come to mind if you see a teen using multiple electronic devices at once — whether they’re texting while watching TV or tweeting from their phone while typing on their computer. Two teens decided to challenge this notion and did a study on the effects of teens and mutitasking. They found that it actually can be a good thing.

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Melina Explores Her Cultural Identity

In a previous blog post, Roxanne reflected on coming to terms with her cultural identity. Despite feeling like she stood out from her Caucasian classmates, she finally found self-acceptance when she realized they really are similar and their differences were only skin-deep. In this week’s Teen Flaunt, there’s also a theme of cultural identity. Melina Stone opens her essay with a confession.

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17-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Earlier today, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Here at team Choices/TeenBeing, we’re huge fans of Malala and her work, and are so happy that she’s being recognized as a teen changing the world for the better.

Malala’s path toward becoming a world-renowned advocate started when she was only 11 years old. After the Taliban tried to oppress women in her hometown in Pakistan, Malala began speaking out in interviews about the importance of girls’ education.

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WATCH: Bethany Mota’s Inspirational Anti-Bullying Dance

Today is National Stop Bullying Day — a holiday that we completely support. In fact, all of October is National Bullying Prevention Month, which is why we’re taking the opportunity to stop the hate and make kindness go viral in our Choices Challenge. (Click here for more details on that!) Another way to celebrate the holiday is to watch Bethany Mota’s performance from this week’s episode of Dancing With The Stars.

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New Study Analyzes Teen Texting Habits, Including Whether Boys & Girls Text Differently

Oh, the magical world of texting. And by “magical,” we mean it’s fascinating yet horrifying. It can be a convenient way to communicate — but on the flip side, it’s also a tool for cyberbullying and an unnecessary source of anxiety. A study featured in Journal of Children and Media analyzed teen texting habits, with some interesting results — particularly when it comes to the different ways boys and girls text.

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Eating Dinner as a Family May Help Fight Obesity

Obesity is a major problem among American youth today. Childhood obesity has quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. While the statistics are scary-high, there are ways to fight obesity and help prevent it. A new study shows that eating dinner as a family lessens the likelihood of teens being overweight.

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