By Raven Rodriguez
Social media heavily affects teens and their body image. The awareness one has of their body image can come as a result of the things they group with. “It starts with exposure at a young age and people that they look up to,” former health teacher Mrs. Sam Smith said.
If the person that someone looks up to is a certain body weight or type, they may try to mimic them and achieve a similar physique, even if it’s not necessarily healthy. Comments that are repeatedly said over and over while growing up can also have an impact.
It can also have things to do with like what you see when you Are younger, from barbie dolls for girls and figurines for boys. and even more the disney princesses.
Body image can be linked to seeking attention. Body image issues don’t only affect girls, they affect guys just as much. It can be in ways as simple as taking vitamin supplements (and not being in a sport) to having a better looking body.
If one grows up with parents that are very health conscious, it is very possible that they will grow up to be health conscious as well. It can either have a good impact or the complete opposite. Social media tries to portray models as being healthy even if their appearance is not realistic for the average teenager or healthy.
“They think that if they see it on social media it’s okay, but anyone can put anything on social media. Not everything that is on social media has a reliable source and people don’t seem to notice that,” said Mrs. Smith.
With this day and age, people post things all over social media for attention/approval. It impacts their self image. Almost everyone goes on social media, it’s a place of comfort for some people.
Having body image issues can lead to low self esteem but its not only body image that leads to having a low self esteem. It can also lead to things such as eating disorders.
Health teachers, guidance counselors, a doctor, or a parent are all reputable sources to seek out if one is struggling with body image issues, and ultimately one can make goals with them.
By Blake Harvey
Over the course of the past year one group seems to have become an issue on everyone’s mind. This group is ISIS.
In addition to their already caused mayhem, the group has begun to raise even more concern by recruiting teens across the globe to join their ranks.
Some teens have been abandoning their homes and traveling halfway around the world to join this radical group in their cause. Though reasons for these teens joining are unclear, it has been lead to believe that some of the causes may be the teens searching for their true identity or purpose, or perhaps they joined simply for the excitement. Whatever the reason may be, it is clear that ISIS is contacting these teens somehow.
New information released by CNN reveals that the main tool for recruitment has been the internet. ISIS has been luring young people into their group by posting propaganda such as videos made to look like scenes from a movie. The group has also used the internet to communicate with the young people interested in joining them.
So far more than 100 Americans are believed to have joined ISIS, but Americans are not the only ones being affected by the group’s propaganda. Teens in countries such as England, Austria, Turkey, and many more have committed the same act of trading their normal lives for that of a terroristic gunman.
Not only are teens joining ISIS but some even realize their mistake after it is already too late. some of these new recruits have contacted their families informing them they would like to escape. unfortunately it is not an easy task to leave a group like ISIS.
Luckily some teens have been intercepted by officials on their course to Syria. Through the teens caught they have been able to find out more information about ISIS’s predatorial recruiting tactics and will hopefully soon put an end to the group’s strange and immoral style of recruitment.
By Ashlee Galloway
In America, Valentine’s Day is a special day celebrated on the 14th of February to commemorate our love for that “special someone” in our lives. This special day isn’t just an American holiday- it’s celebrated all over the world!
In Latin America, Valentine’s Day is celebrated a lot like it is in America. However, the importance of showing appreciation for friends and family is just as important as lovers.
Valentine’s Day is known as el día del amor y amistad, or the day of love and friendship. People exchange flowers, cards, and chocolates to the ones they love most.
Latin American countries celebrate this holiday with different traditions than America. In Guatemala City Center, locals dress up in fancy costumes and parade through the streets. A popular tradition is called “amigo secreto,” an adaptation of secret Santa where friends randomly draw each other’s names and anonymously give them a present.
In Columbia, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 3rd Saturday in September instead on in February. In some countries like Brazil, Valentine’s Day doesn’t even exist as a holiday.
In France, Valentine’s Day is celebrated very similarly to America. On this day, people often exchange cards, chocolates, flowers, and other items of endearment. It is also very commercialized in the media to attract more people.
Valentine’s Day is very popular in France because it is thought to be the origin of the holiday. Charles, the Duke of Orleans is thought to have written the very first Valentine’s card.
Germany is fairly new to the holiday of love; The idea of Valentine’s Day wasn’t introduced until World War II.
As in many cultures, chocolates, love letters, and extravagant flower arrangements are exchanged amongst couples. A popular tradition in Germany is very different from most countries. A pig is traditionally used as a symbol of lust and good luck. Also, large gingerbread cookies are often baked in the shape of hearts and decorated with icing.
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