From Yik Yak to Secret, there are plenty of apps taking up teens’ free time. Just when you think you’ve heard them all, they’re already obsessing over a new one—it’s the inevitable cycle of life with smartphones. And now there’s another anonymous app gaining popularity in schools. It’s called Burnbook, and critics say it’s opening the door for dangerous cyberbullying.
In honor of International Women’s Day on Sunday, YouTube launched a campaign called “#DearMe” where the site’s stars created videos dedicated to their younger selves and shared advice they wish they’d been given when they were teens.
Participants in the campaign tackle a number of different issues that your teens may be currently facing such as bullying, mental health, and body confidence.
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.
Growing up in an insecure region of Afghanistan, Fahima was just a one-year-old when the Taliban government blasted a rocket into her home. The impact burned her face, left her without three fingers, and injured her right eye and ear. For years, Fahima struggled with the way others saw her.
In this week’s Teen Flaunt essay, the 16-year-old shares the challenges she’s faced since her accident and how she’s learned to overcome them.
Bullying occurs in schools — there’s no doubt about that. However, who’s causing the bullying is up for discussion. There’s no stereotypical “bully,” and a new study suggests it isn’t all caused by the quintessential “mean girl.” As the beloved Tina Fey movie Mean Girls suggests, there is a group of catty girls that dictates a school’s social hierarchy. But new research from the University of Georgia says that boys actually manipulate others more than female students do.
As we’ve mentioned in past posts, October is National Bullying Prevention Month. There are plenty of ways to get involved and take a stand against bullying (including this month’s #ChoicesChallenge). Another strategy? Participate in DoSomething.org’s The Bully Text campaign! It’s an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure game that teens can play on their phones and learn how to be more than just bystanders.
Back in September, Choices featured a story about body bullying — or the trend of judging, criticizing, and nitpicking other people (and ourselves) based on appearance. Along with that article, we featured a list of movements that spread body positivity. On that list was an annual campaign called Fat Talk Free Week, which is organized by Delta Delta Delta, a women’s fraternity. Now that week is finally here (Oct. 20-24) and we think it’s worth celebrating!
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.
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.
In most high schools, Homecoming is something to look forward to each fall. Sometimes it may seem like a bit of a popularity contest, since there is such an emphasis placed on the titles of Homecoming King and Queen. Disproving such stereotypes of shallowness, a Texas teen did something inspiring when she won at her high school. When Anahi Alvarez was named Homecoming Queen at Grand Prairie High School, she gave the crown to a bullied friend instead, according to HuffPost Teen.