Friday Faves: New Research on Teen Driving, Class-Conscious Pop Stars, and more!
TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web.
1. A new study found that teens are careful when they begin driving, but start to multitask after only a few months behind the wheel. What makes matters worse is that teens are more likely to get into accidents when eating or dialing their phone than adults.
2. Research has found that although helmets can help ward off small head injuries, they aren't as effective when it comes to preventing serious head trauma. Unfortunately, many teens think that because they are wearing a helmet, they can push the limits without worrying about their brains. Show your teen our story about the concussion crisis to remind them to use their heads when playing dangerous sports.
3. One of this year's most influential teens, Lorde, is rebelling against many accepted aspects of pop music, specifically the flashy lifestyles portrayed on screen, as she explains to the New York Times. She also explained how "teens are more complex than people think." We agree.
4. Many are concerned about potential cancer-causing chemicals in nail polish. New research highlights its risks, especially for young girls who may be biting their nails and ingesting these dangerous chemicals.
5. Still working on those resolutions for you or your teen? Alia Al-Ali, a 15-year-old fashion blogger, made this insightful list of New Year's Resolutions for 2014. Some, like "be more polite," are obvious, but others, such as "filter what I say" and "manage two very important factors in life: money and time" are both relevant and make us re-evaluate our resolutions. Share with your teens and ask them what their goals are for the new year!
Did we miss anything big from this week? Share your faves in comments below. Happy New Year!