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Bully Text campaign

The Cool New Way to Teach Teens About Bullying

  It’s no secret that we love the awesome team over at DoSomething.org, and their brand new campaign—launching today—is so incredibly, insanely brilliant that our little hearts are practically beating out of our chests over here. Ready to hear it? They’ve created an interactive text game called The Bully Text. It gives participants a one-of-a-kind experience, teaching them what it’s like to be bullied, be the bully, or be a bystander, all through their one lifeline . . . their phone. (Click on the amazing infographic above to make it […]

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Deadly Texts: It Can Wait

If you want to stop your teens, or anyone else, from texting and driving—drop what you’re doing and watch the heart-wrenching documentary From One Second To The Next. Made by acclaimed director Werner Herzog (you may know him from Cave of Forgotten Dreams) for the It Can Wait campaign against texting and driving, this powerful 34-minute film will make even the most notorious offender put their phone down while they’re behind the wheel. This is not your average PSA. The haunting true stories of four devastating accidents caused by texting […]

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The September issue of Choices is here!

It’s that time again—back to school! We know that this is a very exciting and very busy time for all of you and the September issue of Choices is here to help you with the transition. As with every issue, we cover a range of topics that we think you’ll love. From healthy foods that will help keep teens on their toes to advice on how to deal with drama in school, this issue is packed with unbelievable advice. Here’s a list of the stories we’re most excited about—we can’t wait […]

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Meet One Crafty Teen

Why am I writing about a craft blog on a site devoted to the health and well-being of teenagers? Well, as those of you who subscribe to Choices already know, we heart blogging teens. (If you haven’t seen our story on these industrious powerhouses, here’s a link to 15 and Famous). And Ty, the 13-year-old genius behind Know and Tell Crafts, is definitely someone we should all keep our eyes on. I think he’s talented even by adult standards, but his tutorials are just the kind of thing that I […]

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Internet Safety for Teens: Keeping Your Profile Private from the Facebook Graph Search

When it comes to internet safety for teens, the phrase “new search engine” isn’t exactly striking fear into the hearts of adults everywhere. But with the recent launch of Facebook’s new graph search, maybe it should be. So what makes the graph search so much scarier than the Google and Bing searches we’ve come to know so well? Probably the biggest difference that separates Facebook’s graph from the pack is that Facebook searches people rather than websites. And it doesn’t limit your search range to people you know or are friends […]

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Safety for Teenagers – Would You Spot a Drowning Victim?

With all that vigorous splashing, those flailing arms, the desperate cries for help—there’s no way you would miss the signs that a child is struggling in the water, right? If you answered yes, then watch the video above—and read on. Because sometimes the most common sign that someone is drowning . . . is that they don’t look like they’re drowning at all. That’s the message Mario Vittone, a Coast Guard vet and water-safety expert, is trying to spread this summer. And it’s a crucial safety message for teenagers. In […]

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Teen Of The Year—#Malala

Every teenager—no wait—every human should watch this speech which Malala Yousafzai gave to the United Nations Youth Assembly on ‘Malala Day,’ her 16th birthday. Less than a year ago, the Pakistani teenager was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education. But that just made her stronger. Her call to action is an inspiration to us all. Malala will change the world. To read her speech go here and to watch an excellent documentary about this amazing young woman go here.  

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Does High School Traumatize Us for Life?

That was the question posed, just a few months ago, by writer Jennifer Senior in her exhaustive cover story on the possibly “corrosive” effects of high school for New York magazine. And to be completely honest, it’s still got us scratching our heads! In the article, the author summarizes the current science on adolescent development and high school socialization to try to tease out the true impact of the teenage years—and to understand why such a short span of our personal history has such lasting psychological importance. And while no […]

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Are We Really Connecting?

We often use technology to save time, but increasingly, it either takes the saved time along with it, or makes the saved time less present, intimate and rich. I worry that the closer the world gets to our fingertips, the further it gets from our hearts. It’s not an either/or — being “anti-technology” is perhaps the only thing more foolish than being unquestioningly “pro-technology” — but a question of balance that our lives hang upon. —Jonathan Safran Foer, How Not to be Alone

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Texting While Walking is A Dumb Move

We all know that teens are addicted to their phones. Making it through a meal, a class, or even a conversation without an interrupting text seems almost like a distant fantasy. But many teens are having trouble looking up for anything—even oncoming traffic. Last summer, researchers in Seattle monitored the habits of pedestrians at busy crosswalks. Of the 1,100+ subjects studied, almost a third were listening to music, texting, on talking on a cell phone while crossing the street. Of all of the participants, those texting took the longest to […]

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