Being bullied as a kid can make teenagers more likely to suffer from nightmares, according to new research. A study published in the journal of the American Pediatric Association analyzes the effect of adolescent bullying on sleep patterns. The results showed that being bullied increased the risk for sleep disorders called parasomnias, which include nightmares, night terrors, and sleep walking.
Suicide is a worldwide public health crisis. In America alone, suicide takes the lives of nearly 40,000 people each year, making it the second leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24. Despite its prevalence, the topic can be difficult to discuss—but if we truly want to help those considering or affected by suicide, we must keep the conversation going.
When Paige Rawl was in sixth grade, she told her best friend that she was HIV-positive. Paige knew she was born with the disease, but also knew she was smart, active, and healthy. Revealing her HIV status to her best friend didn’t feel like a big deal. What she didn’t know was how her peers would react once they found out. Within weeks of telling her friend, the whole school knew about Paige’s status. Instead of responding with compassion or even curiosity, Paige became the target of bullies. Other students […]
It’s no secret: I absolutely love Demi Lovato. From her early days on Barney, all through Sonny with a Chance, Camp Rock (1 and 2!), The X-Factor, and every hair color under the sun, she’s been more than my favorite celebrity – she’s my daily inspiration (and I’m not the only one!). Last year I was lucky enough to interview her about what it’s really like to be famous for the Choices story #Obsessed With Fame, and since then, everyone on the Choices/TeenBeing team has become a full-fledged Lovatic. Once […]
On Monday, August 11, 2014, actor Robin Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, California home due to an apparent suicide. Williams had been open about battling addiction and depression for decades, though his death still comes as a shock to many of his adoring fans who have been so moved by his career. Williams is well renowned for his more serious roles (Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting), but he’s considered by many a comedic genius, particularly famous for the roles that many of us grew up with (Genie […]
The teen musical duo Bars and Melody, made up of 15-year old Charlie Lenehan and 13-year-old Leondre Devries, recently made a splash on the reality TV show Britain’s Got Talent, impressing the judges and quickly becoming a fan favorite. But as soon as the video of their original anti-bullying song hit YouTube, these young talents won over more than the notoriously unimpressed Simon Cowell – they won over 23 million views and fans across the world. Leondre explains that he wrote the lyrics for the rap portion of the song […]
Believe it or not, it isn’t just the trolls and haters that can use the Internet to ruin someone’s day. That one little like, tweet, or shared photo can turn a regular teen into a secret cyberbully in a snap. Check out the latest video in our How to Deal series to see what little actions can have big consequences, and how your teens can use their time online instead. For more information on cyberbullies and how your teen can avoid becoming one, check out “Which One of […]
Anonymous apps like Whisper, Secret, YikYak and BackChat (just to name a few) have been making headlines recently as the future of social media sharing. Many of their users originally seemed to be coming straight from Silicon Valley, but the anonymous, free-flowing, and “honest” environments are reaching a different audience: over-shared, image-obsessed teens, who may just have a cyberbullying edge. It seems that these apps are popular with teens because their generation has become Facebook-fried. In the past few years, the explosion of social media apps has forced users to […]
What’s the coolest thing about social media? We’d have to say it’s a toss-up between how it can: Turn awesome/inspiring/well-deserving artists and crusaders into superstars Provide a platform that harnesses the masses for massive social good So that’s why we’re thrilled to highlight the announcement that bestselling YA novelist John Green will be awarded the Innovators Award from the L.A. Times Book Prizes. With his big talent and equally big heart, he’s proof of a new kind of role model that’s emerging online. And after exploring some of the potential […]
T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper are the authors of Changers Book One: Drew, the first of a four-part young adult book series, as well as the founders of Wearechangers.org, an empathy project aimed at teens. We recently had a chance to sit down and talk with the authors about why empathy is so important to teen lives, and how to help our teens achieve it. Read their advice below and leave your thoughts in the comments for a chance to win a copy of Changers! What is the Changers […]