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12/2/16: 3 Articles You Need To Read This Week

We know you're busy--that's why we're keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles about teen health that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed!

1. A glossary of teens' secret language

Teens have long used slang words to communicate with each other, create bonds, and sometimes to keep adults in the dark. But with social media, teen language evolves even faster. This glossary, created with the input of teens, goes through common slang right now, creating an interesting picture of the way teen communication is unique. 

2. What does it mean to be a teen in 2016?

NBC Today interviewed a group of 15-17-year-olds to find out what it means to be a teenager in 2016. Some of the findings: it's more acceptable to hookup with someone than it is to hold hands at school; because of nearly-constant engagement with social media, they feel that they have no privacy; and they also feel more pressure to excel in school and be well-rounded in order to get into the best colleges.

3. A middle school uses kindness to put an end to bullying

A middle school in Idaho is taking an interesting approach to teaching bullying by launching a kindness campaign. One teacher had students write down the rude things they hear people say to each other, like "moron" and "dumb." Then, the students were instructed to squeeze out a tube of toothpaste and put it back in the tube. It was nearly impossible. One student, 13-year-old J.J. Martin, explained the meaning of this activity: "If you say something once, it's hard to take it back," he said. The students turned over their papers and covered them with kind words, an exercise in combating bullying with kindness.




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