Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.33.20 AMThe famous game Flappy Bird became popular more quickly than the experts expected. It has a simple object: to direct a flying bird between sets of pipes without touching them. Though the game was supposed to provide relaxation, its Vietnamese creator Dong Nguyen said he was so upset at its addictive nature that earlier this year he pulled it from circulation, according to news accounts. Nguyen wanted teens to play for a few minutes not waste long hours that are important to them, so he took it away. (“Let Me Tell You About That Time I Played ‘Flappy Bird’ For 8 Hours” is what one headline said.) Already, though, copycat games have appeared to take its place.
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“Dang, I’m so fat. I jiggle and have rolls.” So many people in this world have low self-esteem when they shouldn’t. Having high self-esteem is feeling confident in yourself. It’s a positive image and that is healthy for you. Having low self-esteem is depressing. You only think negative things, and when people see you they don’t want to be around you. Many teens worry more about making others feel good than about themselves. I suffer from this. I tell them all the good things about themselves, but I can’t do this for myself. I always try to find my flaws. When I do feel good about myself, it’s the best feeling. People need to surround themselves with those who will push them into doing things that are good for them -- like going to the gym instead of laying in bed eating chips and watching Netflix. Making changes little by little can help you. Maybe watching TV for three hours a day rather than five; only eating in the kitchen, not in bed. Doing something is way better than doing nothing.
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Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries apparently thinks ugly and overweight people are not “cool enough” to wear his products. In a 2006 interview with Salon, Jeffries was quoted as saying: “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids….A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.” Jeffries comments recently resurfaced in interviews following the publication of the book “The New Rules of Retail,” and went viral after critics formed online protests. Amanda Brea, 16, doesn’t agree with the policy but believes Jeffries has the right to voice his own opinion. “It’s his business so he can do whatever he wants with it,” says Brea, who goes to the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science. “I feel that’s unfair. But it’s not my company…He will lose a lot of money and customers because not everyone is skinny or pretty.” In a Facebook post from the Abercrombie & Fitch page, Jeffries attempted to make amends but stopped short of an apology. “I sincerely regret that my choice of words was interpreted in a manner that has caused offense,” he wrote. “A&F is an aspirational brand that, like most specialty apparel brands, targets its marketing at a particular segment of customers. However, we care about the broader communities in which we operate and are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion.” News reports earlier this year said that Jeffries had been stripped of his chairman role at the company. On a recent trip to Abercrombie & Fitch, Teens in Print brought along a 15-year-old girl who wears sizes four to six when shopping for pants. At A&F, she couldn’t pull the size six pants over her thighs. When the 15-year-old asked if they carried any “curvy” pants, the clerk replied that the store only had “skinny to super-skinny.” Nancy Aleid, 17, thinks Abercrombie & Fitch’s sizing system is dangerous. “This is promoting anorexia in a way by making young people feel as if their weight and size isn’t embraced by society,” says Aleid, who goes to the O’Bryant. Tia Knowles, 17, from Snowden International High School, feels that Abercrombie & Fitch is sexist and unfair. “Self-image,” says Knowles, “comes in different shapes and sizes.”  
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Concerts have evolved over the years, some expanding in size and extravagance. These shows can put teens at risk.

In June, electronic artist Avicii held a performance at TD Garden in which dozens of people had to be treated after ingesting drugs or alcohol. According to the Boston Globe, those hospitalized included minors under the influence. One concertgoer, David Lopera, saw intoxicated people but just enjoyed what he came for. “The concert itself was great,” said Lopera, 17, who goes to the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science. Still, Lopera advised that worried teens should go to shows with friends in case things get out of hand. Haiyang Xu, 16, of Boston Latin School, said that shows were meant to be untamed -- but not to the point of injury. “I understand people want to go hard during these events but overdoing it kills the vibe,” said Xu. Xu said he would go to future shows knowing the risks but feels that venues need to own up to who they allow through entrance gates. “Instead of complaining about problems, they can fi  it themselves and take charge,” said Xu. Kassandra Boada, 17, from the O’Bryant, said she has no problem attending these popular performances but understands that they can get wild. Accountability, she said, does not fall entirely on the venue but also with the spectators themselves. “You should be held responsible for your own actions,” she said, “and it’s stupid to ruin it for everyone else.”
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Curfews have been all over the news, from Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the fatal shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown, to the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, where city councilors want stricter enforcement of time restrictions. “Teen curfews are set and given to assure the safety of the adolescents,” says Jacky Hang, 17, from Boston Commun Leadership Academy. Jason Cuervas, 18, believes curfews are OK for some areas of Boston. “Curfews should only be enforced in the rough parts of the city,” says Cuervas, who goes to school in East Boston. Fifteen-year-old Katlyne Davis, from Mattapan, already has early evening curfews on weekdays and weekends – but she says she ignores them. “Most times, no, not even most times, all the time, I never follow it,” Davis says. Lowell is trying to crack down on those under 17 who are out after 11 pm. Says Lissa Seiti, 16, from Lowell Catholic High School: “I guess I would have to get arrested then.”
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