Friday Faves: Teen Takes on McDonalds, Preventing Texting While Driving, and More!

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

1. Unhappy with what she received in her McDonald’s Happy Meal, Antonia Ayres-Brown decided to do something about it. The high school junior from New Haven, CT wrote to the company’s CEO about the fact that Happy Meal toys are called “girls’ toys” and “boys’ toys.” Instead of asking customers which toy they preferred based on what it was, the toy received was based on kids’ gender. Read about how Antonia speaking up paid off in her article for Slate.

2. Texting while driving is a major problem for today’s drivers—especially teens. Instead of relying on PSAs, Apple is proposing a new feature that would lock out certain phone features like texts and calls while driving. According to NPR, the feature would use a motion sensor that could detect when the phone is moving at driving speeds, a “scenery analyzer” that could tell where the phone is located in the car, and a lock-out mechanism to disable texting.

3. This week TIME released its 2014 list of the “100 Most Influential People.” Out of those 100, two of them are teens! Lydia Ko and Malala Yousafzai made the list. Lydia is a 17-year-old, record-breaking professional golfer in New Zealand, originally from South Korea, who is one of the top-ranked women amateur golfers. Malala Yousafazi, 16, is an advocate for education equality. The Pakistani teen was shot in the head by the Taliban for attending school in 2012, and has since advocated for global education for females. For more about Malala, check out this TeenBeing post.

4. A new study found that the legalization of marijuana doesn’t result in increased use among adolescents. To reach this conclusion, the study analyzed 20 years worth of data from states with and without medical marijuana laws. Still, according to one of our recent blog posts, more high school students are smoking marijuana today than in past years.

5. Spring time is when most concussions occur and teens, especially males, are at the highest risk for these head injuries. Causes could include physical activities, like playing recreational sports or jumping on a trampoline. The best way to prevent concussions is encouraging your teen to always wear a helmet when biking, skateboarding, or rollerblading. You can also put a net around your trampoline. Back in October 2012, Choices featured a story about the “Concussion Crisis” and the serious nature of brain injuries – a must-read for any athlete!

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

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