4/7/17: 4 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 California teen replaced bathroom mirrors with encouraging messages

Sabrina Astle, 17, wanted to make a difference in her school, so she replaced the girls' bathroom mirrors with inspiring messages, like "You are beautiful" and "You are loved." According to ABC News, Sabrina thought her peers would be cheered by her act, but she didn't realize it would have such a lasting positive impact. 


2. Could Instagram have health benefits for teens?

A new study conducted by researchers in Belgium revealed that while frequent Instagram can be linked to depression, it also makes teens feel closer to friends--which correlates with lower levels of depression. 


3. Chicago may require teens to show a college acceptance letter to graduate

A plan proposed by Chicago's mayor Rahm Emanuel would require students to show an acceptance of admission to a four-year university, a community college, a trade school or apprenticeship, an internship, or a branch of the armed services in order to graduate. Said Emanuel: "We want to make 14th grade universal. That's the new goal line."


4. Study reveals how parent snooping affects teens

A new study in the Journal of Adolescence suggests that parental snooping may actually make teens more sneaky. Experts say that more often than not, parental privacy invasions will backfire. But there may be a solution, or at least a starting place: communication.


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