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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.


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.


New Study Analyzes Teen Texting Habits, Including Whether Boys & Girls Text Differently

Oh, the magical world of texting. And by “magical,” we mean it’s fascinating yet horrifying. It can be a convenient way to communicate — but on the flip side, it’s also a tool for cyberbullying and an unnecessary source of anxiety. A study featured in Journal of Children and Media analyzed teen texting habits, with some interesting results — particularly when it comes to the different ways boys and girls text.


Could Your Cellphone Be Giving You Anxiety?

It may sound like a made-up diagnosis, but believe it or not, cellphones are causing anxiety. Actually, maybe it doesn’t sound so far-fetched after all. Just think about it: Have you ever been irritated while waiting for a text? If you see someone else is typing over iMessage, do you begin to worry about what they’ll say? If so, you’re not alone. According to a story in the New York Times, cellphone-induced anxiety is a real thing.


How Many Teens Are Texting & Driving? The Numbers Are Alarming

Texting and driving is always at the forefront of PSAs, but how often does it actually happen? A survey of Toronto students proves we do have something to worry about when it comes to teens and their phones.

According to the results, for 10-12th graders in Toronto, more than 1 in 3 licensed drivers admit to texting and driving at least once in the past year. For high school seniors, the number is even higher — 46 percent! That means nearly half of teen drivers are looking at their phone instead of the road, which is way too many.


Middle Schoolers Are Sexting… And That’s Not All

“Sexting” is a word we hear often when talking about teens, but also one that can be hard to talk about. We know teens spend their whole lives on their phones, and it’s hard to tell how much of the sexting-related terror is just normal teenage flirtation that’s been blown out of proportion.

Well, according to researched gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, sexually-suggestive texting might not be entirely innocent.


This Will Get Teens Talking About Texting and Driving—Guaranteed

Did you know that a whopping 40% of U.S. teens say they’ve been in a car with someone who was using their phone in a way that put them in danger? In an effort to put an end to texting and driving, DoSomething.Org is launching a new campaign today. But instead of using scare tactics, the non-profit is trying a different approach… Thumb Socks! Yes, you read that right: socks for your thumbs. 1-2-3-4, Do Something declares a Thumb War! According to research, teens are more likely to talk about difficult […]


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

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 voicing her opinion paid off in her article for Slate.

Click “Read On” to see what else made the list!


What’s App: Kik, Voxer, and Other Messenger Apps

On September 9th, 2013, 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick committed suicide. For months she had been terrorized via social media, despite Rebecca’s mother shutting down Rebecca’s Facebook and monitoring her online presence. After Rebecca’s tragic death, it was revealed that she had been using other social media apps, such as Kik Messenger and Voxer, that Rebecca’s mother hadn’t even heard of, let alone knew were a vehicle for tormenting her daughter. At Choices and TeenBeing, we don’t ever try to label an app as “bad” or “unsafe” – after all, it […]


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 […]