Friday Faves: A Video Game to Prevent Risky Behavior, Teaching Teens about Money via Text, and more!

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TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web.

1. The Play2Prevent lab at Yale University has been given a grant to develop a video game for teens that they hope will help prevent risky behavior. “For them to actually sit down and really engage for that period of time has really surprised me. It’s something they can relate to,” says Erica Pretty, Youth Development Coordinator of the New Haven LEAP program. Check out the game here and share with your teens!

2. Following our recent blog post about teens and marijuana, we’ve found even more research connecting adolescent marijuana use and later brain abnormalities and disorders, such as schizophrenia. This Healthland article argues for why it’s still a big deal for teens to smoke pot, despite its changing legality in the US.

3. Many teens are being recruited by college sports teams before they even enter high school. The New York Times spoke with parents, teens, and coaches about how this early recruiting is changing teens’ lives, as well as the community of young athletes, in this week’s sports section. What do you think about early recruiting? Let us know in the comments!

4. Do Something, one of our favorite non-profits (check out our post on a Valentine’s Day DIY Activity they came up with!), has unveiled a new campaign to teach teens how to better handle their money. The Would-You-Rather social media outreach is the second installment of a program that reached around 44,000 kids last year with personal finance tips via text message. Learn more (and help your teen sign up) here.

5. How did you get your teen to move this winter? The New York Times is asking parents to share their stories and explains why it is important to stay active year-round.

Did we miss anything big from this week? Share your faves in the comments below!

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