Archive | February, 2015

Teens Can Use Technology To Change The World — Here’s How!

“If you had the power of knowing how to code — how would you make the world better?”

This is a powerful question to pose to the teens in your life. A thoughtful, innovative answer could win them a $2,000 scholarship through DoSomething.org’s Code for Good Fellows campaign! Winners will learn how to code and build full-scale web applications to make the world a better place at Flatiron Pre-College Academy.

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The Scary Ingredient Hiding In Soda

There are plenty of reasons that teens should opt for a glass of water instead of grabbing a can of cola. From the negative impact on their memory to the excessive amount of sugar, it’s not the healthiest choice. Now more research proves the scary side of soft drinks. According to a study at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the caramel color in soda may contain 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) — a possible carcinogen, which in other words poses a potential cancer risk.

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Think Hookah Is Safer than Cigarettes? Think Again!

There are tons of misconceptions surrounding smoking, but ideas about hookah may top the list. A common myth surrounding the water pipe used to smoke tobacco is that it’s safer than smoking cigarettes. The thought process behind this myth is that the hookah’s water-filled pipe filters out toxic chemicals that are present when smoking cigarettes. A new study shows that just isn’t true.

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4 True Stories To Watch With Your Teens

Many teens may automatically label documentaries as “boring.” Let’s face it: They’ve probably been forced to watch old videos of World War I or the life cycle of plants in class. In a warm room with the lights off, it’d be hard not to fall asleep.

But not all documentaries are a total snooze fest. After all, documentaries are intended to show real aspects of everyday life and your teen’s life is anything but boring.

We’ve rounded up four documentaries that teens can relate to.

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This May Be the Best Way to Get Teens to Stay Sober

Trying to get your teens to beat peer pressure and stay sober can be a daunting task. What’s the best way to talk to them about passing up on a Solo cup at a party? Most campaigns against drinking focus on the negative effects of drinking, but there may be a much more effective approach.

A new study suggests that pointing out the benefits of staying sober and providing strategies for doing so under pressure is more effective than the traditional method of warning against the dangers of alcohol consumption.

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Another Reason To Talk To Teens About E-Cigs: The Vapors Are Causing Lung Damage

Chances are you’ve heard about e-cigarettes. These battery-power devices have become so popular that the word “vape” was the Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2014. They’re also incredibly popular among teens—which is pretty worrisome. In the past three years, the amount of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes has tripled.

While these devices aren’t regulated by the FDA yet, more and more evidence is surfacing about the potential dangers of e-cigs.

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5 Tips for Teens to Get Better Sleep Tonight

Who doesn’t love a good night’s sleep? A satisfying trip to slumberland is good for your health and reduces stress.

But is your teen getting enough? The National Sleep Foundation recently issued updated recommendations for how much shut-eye you need. Teens, ages 14-17, should be getting 8 to 10 hours each night.

Share these tips with your teen to help them get the ultimate snooze!

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