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Even in the Shower, the Temptation to Text Is Too Great

Have you ever been surprised to see your teen texting during an inappropriate time, such as at a religious procession or while driving? Turns out, they’re not trying to be rude or put themselves in danger. According to a new study, they just can’t help it.

Researchers at Penn State University asked 152 college aged students to fill out a 70-question survey on their texting habits and attitudes toward texting in various situations.


Believe It Or Not, Video Games Can Boost Teens’ Brains

Before you tell your teen to put down their video games, read this first! Despite the belief that video games may make teens more violent or causes them to lose empathy, a new study suggests gaming has brain benefits. Research from Brown University found that video games not only sharpen the visual learning process, but may also improve the brain’s ability to process visual tasks.


The Anonymous (& Potentially Dangerous) App You NEED To Know About

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.


YouTube’s #DearMe Campaign Gives Advice to Teens in an Unexpected Way

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.


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’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.


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!


Why Facebook May Be Making Teens Depressed

We’ve all seen it: Someone posts exciting news to Facebook and gets bombarded with “likes” and congratulatory comments. Whether announcing a cool, new job or showing off a cute puppy, people love to share life updates on social media. Teens may talk about being jealous of someone’s Facebook status, but how does that actually impact their mental health? Researchers decided to find out!

According to a study at the University of Missouri, Facebook use can lead to feelings of depression if the site triggers envy among users.


The Texting Line Every Teen Should Know About

It’s a fact of life: At one point or another, every teen will hit a rough patch. Whether it’s failing an exam or something far more serious, hard times are inevitable. While that may sound pessimistic, it doesn’t have to be—especially when there are resources to help along the way. The Crisis Text Line is a 24/7 texting resource available for teens. Young people can text the number at any time and be connected with a trained crisis counselor.

This week’s issue of The New Yorker features an in-depth profile on the organization, which is “the first and only national, 24/7 crisis-intervention hotline to conduct its conversations exclusively by text message.” The entire article “R U There?” is definitely worth a read! Before you check that out, here’s a run-down of what you should know about the Crisis Text Line.


Uh-Oh! Is Binge-Watching Bad For Mental Health?

It sound may like a teen’s ideal Saturday night: grabbing a laptop and watching reruns of Friends. But is binge-watching TV shows bad for their mental health? A new study suggests yes (unfortunately). Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that the more lonely and depressed a person is, the more likely they are to binge-watch television.


Are Teens Spending Too Much Time Staring At Screens?

It’s not an uncommon sight—as you walk down the street, you notice most people’s eyes are glued to their phones. Not just teens, but adults are guilty of this too. But how much screen time is too much? Well, if we’re going by expert recommendations, teens are getting way too much screen time! But not so fast—it turns out the official guidelines may be a bit outdated. Experts suggest it’s time to rethink the recommended amounts of screen time for adolescents.