Inspiring Kids to Advocate for Healthier School Lunches

Last week, a photo comparison of school lunches from around the world began making the rounds online. Here’s a great slideshow to show your students. When you look at how we’re stacking up in the states compared to other countries, it’s pretty dismal.

But it doesn’t have to be. It might be a long journey, but getting the kids directly involved can lead to a quicker change.

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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.

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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.

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Laws Aren’t Preventing Teens From Buying E-Cigarettes Online

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are gaining extreme popularity among teens. If your teenager is under the legal age to buy e-cigarettes in your state, you may think that it’d be difficult for him or her to purchase these products—but that’s not necessarily true. A surprising new study shows that teens can actually easily buy e-cigarettes very quickly at one place: online.

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Teaching Kids to Break Down Gender Stereotypes

Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.

Over the last year or so, there’s been a large amount of attention in the media on gender stereotypes and how they can be limiting for all of us, especially children.

So what exactly are gender stereotypes?

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Which Teens Are Most At Risk For Synthetic Marijuana Use?

Have you heard of synthetic marijuana? Sometimes referred to as Spice, K2, or Scooby Doo, this substance is an herbal mixture that produces a similar effect to marijuana. Since the drug is considered a safer, legal alternative to weed, it’s become popular among teens. According to a 2011 survey, more than 1 in 10 high school seniors used this drug. Because of its popularity, researchers at New York University decided to take a look at risk factors for synthetic cannabis use among teens.

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Want to Help Fight Depression? Plant Sunflowers

Depression is more common in teens than you may think. It’s also heavily stigmatized which can prevent those who suffer from depression to not get the help they need.

The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression, or iFred, aims to change this by shining a positive light on depression and eliminating stigmas associated with the disease through prevention, research and education. On May 2nd, you can join the effort by participating in their Global Day for Hope.

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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 DoSomething.org’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.

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