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Confessions of a Teenage Meme Queen

Funny memes make our day. These mini works of art, in a million categories from #PSAT memes to Pepe to moths and made by taking bits and pieces of our culture (mostly screenshots of copyrighted stuff) and slapping the perfect caption on them, capture how we feel about life at any given moment better than just about any other form of communication. Funny memes are also big business, with many meme account admins on Instagram and Twitter making decent livings by promoting brands alongside their viral posts.

We wanted to find out what makes a meme account tick, so we reached out to a rising Instagram funny memes account owner about how she got started and some tricks of the trade.  Meet Caissy, a 16-year-old highschooler who runs the @caissyspams account on Instagram.

Hi Caissy! Nice to e-meet you! We literally wanted to interview you simply because we follow your account and you got good taste in memes. So with that out of the way, tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Caissy Chase. I’ll be sixteen in a few days and I’m from Florida.

Why did you start the @CaissySpams account?

I started my account three years ago because all of my friends had a spam account and I felt the need to make one as well. That’s where I got the username from because it was originally a spam account that then turned into a meme page.

Your main account has about 1,000 followers…yet your meme acct has almost 17,000. How did you grow your followers—or did it just kind happen? (like did you use hashtags strategically or anything like that?)

It honestly kind of just happened. I never used hashtags and the only people I asked for shoutouts were my friends when I was first starting the transition into a meme page. I haven’t spent money on the account to grow it, it’s just posting the right stuff at the right time and hoping they do well.

Do you ever create your own funny memes, or do you always post from other sites? 

I usually just repost from other accounts because I’m not the most creative person and I don’t have the time unless an idea pops in my head and I’ll make it into a meme.

What is your personal favorite meme you have posted ever?

My personal favorite meme at the moment is probably the moth meme. I don’t really have a reason I just find them funny.

Do a lot of people at your school follow you? (on Instagram, I don’t mean around the hall or down the street)

A lot of people from school do follow me, that’s basically how the account started.

Which meme on your acct has gone the most viral/most likes, and why do you think so?

The meme that went the most viral was the one linked below. It reached over a million people with almost 90,000 likes, 720 comments and 27,500 saves.

Have you ever had to remove a post because somebody got offended or complained?

When someone does get offended, depending on how bad of a backlash I get or how much it offends them, I will usually just turn off the comments but I have had incidents where I’ve taken stuff down. Once, out of the three years of having this account, a post has been reported and taken down.

You post a lot…how much time would you say you spend doing this on a daily basis?

I do post a lot, I have a friend who helps me by sending me memes every day which is @crispy.riley. I feel like she deserves some credit too because it’s not just me making it happen. I would say that I do spend 2+ hours a day going through posts, posting, reading comments and such.

Are you looking to turn this into a business, or do you just do it for fun?

As of right now it’s just for fun, but I would like to start promotions for small businesses in the future.

What are your long term goals for the account?

My long term goals for the account are to keep it how it is and never change how it’s ran. I would also like to have 50K followers but that’s a lot to ask so we will just see what the future holds.

If you had to break it down, what do you think is the trick for a good meme? Like does including a cat make it funnier…or what’s the secret sauce?

In my opinion the trick for a good meme that will do well when you post it, is to post what’s popular. See what everyone else is posting but also post what you think is funny because there’s no fun in just posting what everyone else is. Uniqueness is always a good quality to have when posting or making memes.

What do you do besides share funny memes…any other talents? : )

I don’t really have any talents but I do show and work with pigs from September to January and then the rest of the year is school and running the account.

What other accounts do you recommend people follow for good memes?

@pablopiqasso
@memezar
@deadroses.spam
@puncrastination

Caissy rarely shows her face on her funny memes account, but here she is!

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Laws of the Universe Part 1 Review

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Laws of the Universe Part 1 is an animated feature film which opens today, October 12th. Despite its name, it is actually the second in the anime series written by Happy Science founder Ryuho Okawa. We’ll get to Happy Science in a minute, but first let’s talk about the film.

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The plot of Laws of the Universe Part 1 revolves around a group of young heroes who protect the earth against invading aliens. An evil overlord named Dahar enchants one of them, Tyler, forcing his best friend Ray to travel back 330 million years to try and save him. Tyler goes a little bonkers and completely destroys the home planet of a group of Reptilians led by Queen Zamza — leading them to flock to Earth for sanctuary. Shenanigans ensue as Zamza first tries to conquer Earth for herself, then joins Ray in trying to save his friend and planet Earth from evil.

Now…who are the makers of Laws of the Universe Part 1 and why should you care? Well, it is backed by religious organization founded in 1986 by Ryuho Okawa, called Happy Science. On its website it claims to be “Japan’s biggest and the most influential religion,” (actually, that is Shinto) and Okawa furthermore claims to channel Jesus. Now, I feel people can believe what they want to believe as long as they don’t hurt others, so more power to him. But the reason I bring it up is that this explains a lot about the plots in this series.

There is a lot of new-Age spirituality injected into both films. In this one, Alpha, the God of Earth and his wife, appear as golden angelic figures who live in a flying Egyptian-style pyramid to moralize and save the day. In both the earlier film, Laws of the Universe Part 0, and this one, there’s a lot of talk about reptilians and apocalyptic alien invasions, the true spiritual nature of man, brotherly love and understanding, and other things which seem kinda odd for an anime.

When I saw the first movie three years ago, this puzzled me — until I put two and two together and found that these ideas are based on some of the teachings of Happy Science. So, I think it is kind of a dissemination or enlightenment vehicle rather than a pure creative work by storytellers. There is a definite religious angle here, although I wouldn’t go so far as to call it propaganda.

This latest film, Laws of the Universe Part 1 (why oh why isn’t it called “Part Two,” since its the 2nd?) thankfully is more action-packed and less “preachy” than the first film. The animation is pretty great except for one giant CGI-spider thing which doesn’t do the rest of the animation justice.

There are some unintentionally funny moments, such as when a group of primitive early humans start chanting what I believed was “ENEMA! ENEMA! ENEMA!” and the reptilians show delight at the idea of eating this tasty “HUMAN ENEMA.” Gross!

Until I realized they were saying ANIMA…which I imagine means soul or life force. Awkward.

And there is this gem of a line: “Don’t forget to remember your place!” Actually, you could have just said “Remember your place!” but I’ll let that slide because this was translated from Japanese and little grammar things are forgivable.

The filmmakers did use some great voice talent for the English dub, including Kari Wahlgren and Tom Kenny, so that is a plus.

The film is long, at exactly two hours, but there is enough action and decent visuals to keep you entertained throughout.  If you end up watching it, I would love to hear your feedback. Was it too spiritual? Too melodramatic? Just right? Leave a comment below!

For showtimes and tickets, go to: https://www.elevenarts.net/animedistrbution/laws-of-the-universe-part-1

Watch our interviews from the first movie’s red carpet in 2015.

D’Ambrosio Twins Interview and Twin Telepathy Challenge

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J Money Kix (@official_JMoneyKix) gets to know Bianca and Chiara D’Ambrosio, best known as the D’Ambrosio twins (@dambrosiotwins), and then puts them through TWO twin challenges — the Twin Telepathy Challenge and How Well Do You Know Me Challenge. Do you think the girls are psychic or not?

13 Year Old Twins Bianca and Chiara D’Ambrosio’s new projects:

  • “Day In The Life” YouTube series
  • Collaboration on the Brooklyn and Bailey’s ‘Squared’ YouTube channel for twins,
  • Starring roles in the TigerBeat TV original series “Sage Alexander: The Dark Realm” (starring alongside Hayden Summerall, Madison Hu, Brooke Butler, etc.).

Check out TigerBeat’s exclusive BTS look at “Sage Alexander: The Dark Realm” here

Watch Bianca & Chiara’s “Young and Free” Music Video

(Feat. Hayden Summerall / Co-written by Marko DeSantis of Sugarcult)

Bianca and Chiara began acting at just 3-years-old, with their breakout role as Summer Newman on The Young and the Restless (CBS). They continued with Feeding Mr. Baldwin (2013), and then a role opposite renowned actor Ray Wise in Reflections (2014). They have also made appearances in Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers and ABC Family’s Freak Out, as well as Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (2018).

Musically, the D’Ambrosio Twins starred in Bon Jovi’s music video “What Do You Got” and have also released their own music videos plus an album of cover songs called “Got You Covered” with somgs by The Ramones, Twenty One Pilots, Weezer, The Clash, and Bay City Rollers.

Listen to Bianca & Chiara’s “Got You Covered” Album here

The D’Ambrosio Twins are also passionate about animals and anti-bullying, being Youth Ambassadors for the Boo2Bullying Organization and even releasing a song around this issue called “Let Your Light Shine.” The accompanying music video was screened in over 30 international film festivals and garnered them a Gracie Award win.

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Do You Know the 5 Most Common Crimes Committed by Teenagers?

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Although most teens are decent people who try to help others, honor their parents’ wishes, and apply themselves intellectually, artistically, or athletically, some teenagers choose a bad path and commit crimes. The most common crimes committed by teenagers usually fall under the classification of juvenile misdemeanor crimes. Here are five of the top crimes that teens are most likely to commit:

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Vandalism

Teenagers may think that vandalism is a minor offense and not a big deal, but the truth is that vandalism can come with a host of criminal charges. Defined as the deliberate destruction of private or public property, vandalism also includes graffiti and defacement of physical objects. In some places, even placing band stickers on telephone poles can land you in big trouble. Of the 5 most common crimes committed by teenagers, this one might not seem so important — but an area full of graffitti, broken windows, and  scratched up utility boxes screams “get me out of here!” This means people who can, leave, and this often includes business owners who take jobs with them.

Alcohol Offenses

The legal drinking age in every state is 21. If a minor is found in possession of alcohol, stiff penalties can result regardless of whether or not the teenager was under the influence. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism explains that possible penalties may include suspension of one’s driver’s license, required community service hours, and monetary fines. Factors that may influence the level of punishment include prior convictions and the offender’s age. In addition to illegal drug use, this one of the most common crimes committed by teenagers tends to lead to other crimes due to mental deterioration and the lack of self-respect and care that comes with abusing substances.

Disorderly Conduct

According to this source, this type of criminal activity encompasses a wide variety of offenses including fighting, disturbing yelling and screaming, public intoxication, or anything that disrupts the peace. Because the crime is so general in scope, the punishment also varies depending on the severity of the crime. Most disorderly conduct crimes get prosecuted as misdemeanors. However, the more serious ones tend to be judged as a felony — think of rioting or interfering with police officers.

Larceny

Defined as theft of personal property, larceny is likely number one of most common crimes committed by teenagers everywhere. According to one lawyer, larceny is when there is “an unauthorized taking of property from another with the intent to permanently deprive that person of the property.” The image of the teen in the store shoplifting food or an electronic item is not just a stereotype–many fall into this temptation. Theft and burglary is a criminal offense in every state, meaning that teens need to treat this more seriously than just a rite of passage or something to make you look cool (it only makes you look cool to fellow deviants, and they never stay friends with you for long).

Assault and Battery

This crime can be defined as actual physical harm or merely the threat of the action. Even simply making another individual afraid can be just cause to press charges in some areas (yes, this means BULLYING). Assault can be classified as both nonverbal and verbal threats. For this reason, teenagers need to be especially careful about what they say to other people and take care that it not be construed as a form of assault, especially because teachers and parents are much more aware of bullying.

Although most teenagers are tried as juveniles, they could be tried as adults if they are over the age of 18 or if the crimes are more very serious in nature. Stop being brainwashed by thugs in music videos or TV shows who encourage you to commit crimes — they just want your money and your attention (clicks on their videos and social media posts), so don’t give them any.

Halloween Gifts from DAVIDsTEA are Spooky and Delightful

Halloween is right around the corner, and its time to place your orders for Halloween gifts (yes, if you love Halloween as much as we do, Halloween gifts are now a thing). DAVIDsTEA has some great new products to get you in the mood for a blustery night of trick-or-treating or watching some spooky movies on Netflix or Hulu. Check out some of their offerings this year, and scroll down to the bottom to find out how to order!

You can take your fave Halloween tea on the go with this terrifying monster pouch (okay not actually terrifying). Made from 100% cotton, it includes DAVIDsTEA’s sweet caffeine-free Monster Mash blend, in five ready-to-steep sachets. And when you are out of tea, use it for your spare change or makeup essentials.

This collectible tin is only 18 bucks and is full of sweet and spicy black tea packed with rich and comforting notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, creamy coconut and a warming hint of chili.

DAVIDsTEA Magic Potion Brewing Kit: The box opens like a spell book and includes a potion recipe. Clear printed glass infusers-less nordic mug with juicer lid. 50g of Magic Potion loose tea in printed tin. 10 pack of filters in cello.

Pumpkin spice lovers will enjoys this rich black tea to kick off Halloween season and continue through Thanksgiving and even Christmas. It’s got the warmth and flavors of cinnamon and cloves, plus the sweetness of caramel and pumpkin candy.

2 oz of this tea ($8.98) makes around 10-12 16 oz cups of hot tea and 5-7 16 oz cups of iced tea.

Another tradtion when its cold outside but you’ve got a bonfire going is s’mores, of course. DAVIDsTEA offers a s’mores chai pu’erh tea with mini-toasted marshmallows, graham crackers, dark chocolate and cinnanon. Rich, warming, and perfect for the fall.

DAVIDsTEA Stainless Steel Bottle – Special Edition: This is our favorite item in DAVIDsTEA’s Halloween gifts collection — just look at that cap! It’s leakproof with an insulated lining that keeps tea hot or cold for hours. The double-walled stainless steel construction also prevents skin burns as well as water damage on your furniture from condensation. And if you want to make an iced tea, the bottom unscrews so you can add ice.

DAVIDsTEA Twist Tumbler: This ceramic and stainless steel tumbler will keep your beverages hot or cold for a supernaturally long time! Splashproof lid opens and closes with one smooth twist and features a double-walled core.

DAVIDsTEA Color Changing Nordic Mug: Yes, he spooky design changes color when you pour hot liquid into it! Comes with a fine stainless steel infuser and a lid that doubles as a saucer.  

Last is DAVIDsTEA Perfect Spoon: It helps you measure your loose-leaf tea correctly, and ensure a perfect brew every time. Made of stainless steel!

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Meet Zachary S. Williams, “I Am Frankie’s” newest cast member – Interview!

I Am Frankie, Nickelodeon’s show about a teenage girl who is not what she appears to be, recently kicked off its second season. Joining the cast is Zachary S. Williams, best known for his recurring role in Oprah Winfrey’s Greenleaf series.

Zachary stars as Zane Markosian, a student at Sepulveda High who loves theater. The premise of I Am Frankie is that an experimental android (played by Alex Hook) goes to high school, and she quickly learns that even robots are not exempt from the perils of teenage life as she navigates social situations and even gets a boyfriend.

We asked Zachary a few questions about his background and his role on I Am Frankie…scroll down for the interview!

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Hi Zachary, nice to e-meet you! Before we get into your role on I Am Frankie, tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

Haha nice to e-meet you too! Well, I was born in Miami, FL and grew up in Central FL. I started acting when I was about 8 years old. There was this summer camp I would go to called “Kid’s College” and they had a theater program. I’m not sure what motivated me to participate in theater but I’m so glad I did. Once I got an agent, I started booking commercials and print work and just kept going at it. I enjoy singing,  playing the piano and alto saxophone during my free time.

Cool! You joined the cast of I Am Frankie for Season 2, which just started airing. Tell us about your character and how he fits into the grand scheme of things on the show?

Yeah! So, my character, Zane Markosian, is a new student at Sepulveda High who really loves theater. He loves it so much that he writes and directs the school play, “Bae of Frankenstein.” When a great divide (Yes Androids Here and No Androids Here) splits the school in half, Zane rewrites his play in hopes to influence people’s perspectives on accepting and respecting other individuals, no matter what differences there may be. The situation becomes provocative but the play is proactive and sends a great message to fans.

The show is a recreation of a Nickelodeon show which aired in Latin America called, Yo Soy Franky. Is your character a new creation for the American version, or will viewers of the Spanish version recognize him?

My character is brand new for the American version! Although there are some similarities between the two shows, I Am Frankie is so different and definitely takes on a life of its own.

What’s been the funniest moment or blooper filming on that set so far?

The funniest moment(s) on set would have to be all of the audition scenes in episode 210! We had majority of the cast in those scenes so it was really fun to film and each character’s audition was hilarious!

It’s been a couple of years since your role acting along Oprah Winfrey in Greenleaf. How did life change for you after that—and do you feel it opened doors?

It’s crazy how fast time flies. In all honesty not much changed! I still went to public school, I still participated in my high school theater department. After working on Greenleaf, I do believe there was more interest directed towards me when being considered roles, however, there is so much that goes into casting, I could never be sure of a direct connection.

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What was the biggest lesson you learned from working with Oprah, and do you still keep in touch?

No, I wish! The biggest thing I took away from working on that set was how to interact with individuals professionally and to always follow my passion and what I believe in.

Most boys want to be a firefighter or an astronaut when they grow up. According to a post on Just Jared Jr, you wanted to be a bus driver. Not tryna throw shade or anything, but what exactly made that appealing to you lol? : )

When I was in the second grade, I sat right behind my bus driver. I’ve always been fascinated with forms of transportation so I think one day I just started asking her questions and every day after that she would teach me something new. When I was younger, being a bus driver was just something I couldn’t wait to grow up for!

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you, that you haven’t already revealed in other interviews?

Speaking of forms of transportation, I love planes. I find plane-watching to be peaceful and flying is always so much fun for me.

Biggest pet peeve?

When people park over the line in a parking lot.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to and why?

New York City! I love the energy and views.

Favorite food?

Fried Conch.

Favorite Marvel Universe character?

Black Panther.

Most attractive thing in another person?

Personality. Hands down!

Most embarrassing moment IRL you wish you could do over?

Oh goodness. Every year, my high school chorus department gets invited to be an Honor Choir for Disney’s Candlelight Processional in Orlando. One year during rehearsal, some type of bug decides to fly into the tent and land on my head. Let’s just say rehearsal was paused for a brief moment.

What else are you working on or have coming up?

Right now I’m on hiatus for I Am Frankie and I’ve just been relaxing, enjoying time with my family and friends. doing some publicity for the show, just living life!

Could we get a selfie of whatever you are doing at the moment? It’s something we ask to keep it real for the fans!

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Teala Dunn launches fashion sunglasses with NEM (Natalie’s ‘Eva Marie’ brand)

Youtuber and actress Teala Dunn @TTLYTEALA has just launched a new limited-edition fashion sunglasses line in partnership with NEM (YouTuber Natalie’s “Eva Marie” fashion brand) exclusively at NEM Fashion Store.

“I chose to work with NEM for my sunglass collection, as I have worked with Natalie before on a movie, and we hit it off right away. This is NEM’s very first collaboration, and I’m very excited to work with them. NEM is a very high-end line, and the quality is superb. I wanted these sunglasses to be authentic to my brand. I love Rose Gold, but I was also mindful that many of my fans prefer Silver as well. Pink spoke to me with regard to the color scheme, and I immediately thought #StayShady would be the perfect line! Nothing spoke to me the way these sunnies did. Be on the lookout for a special coupon for savings!”

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The $90 pairs come in two styles, Rose Gold and Blue Gray. If that sounds kind of steep for fashion sunglasses don’t worry, Teala is offering a $25 coupon to her fans who use the coupon code TEALA at checkout!

Want to see the FIRST time Teala ever appeared on Teens Wanna Know? It was in 2012!!! OMG everybody was so young!!!

Teala Dunn is an actress, YouTuber and health advocate, best known for her lifestyle channel on YouTube and her role as ‘Lindsey’ on TBS’ “Are We There Yet?”. She’s most recently starred in Fullscreen’s “Guilty Party”, Hulu’s “All Night”, YouTube’s “Escape the Night” and Amazon’s “School Spirits” and recently launched an Anti-Fur campaign with Peta2.

Wengie & Yoobi joined by Brynn Rumfallo, Skylar Stecker, GEM Sisters to give kids school supplies

Australia’s #1 Youtuber Wengie teamed up with Yoobi and other famous youtubers and social media stars Brynn Rumfallo from Dance Moms and America’s Got Talent, singer-songwriter Skylar Stecker, Youtubers Cassie Diamond and Alexa Mae, Youtubers the GEM Sisters, and Khloe from Khloe Kares to hand out over 400 boxes of school supplies to kids in need at McKinley Elementary in Compton, CA. Also features interview with Yoobi CEO Ido Leffler.

“Over 460 elementary school students received free Yoobi school supplies at a back-to-school donation event with YouTube star Wengie. Yoobi Co-Founder and CEO Ido Leffler, and Chief Giving Officer Justin Wolff co-hosted the event with Wengie engaging the students in a Yoobi Dance Party, revealing a brand-new mural on the school’s playground, and awarding one special student with the “Yoobi Changemaker Award” for outstanding achievement as a young leader who is positively impacting their community. Wengie was joined by fellow YouTube stars Cassie Diamond and Alexa Mae, pop singer-songwriter Skylar Stecker, reality star Brynn Rumfallo and LA DJ Kevin Writer in visiting classrooms to deliver Yoobi school supplies, engage one-on-one with the students and raise awareness of the need for school supplies across the U.S. with their social followers.”

As you can see in the video, Wengie was absolutely mobbed by the kids who enjoyed a nice dance party and hanging out with some of their favorite social media stars. After the party, we followed Wengie and Yoobi CEO Ido Leffler as they gave away school supplies to a kindergarten class and spent some quality time with the kids at McKinley Elementary in Compton, California.

What do you think Brynn’s must-have school supply is (you’ll be surprised!)? What about the GEM sisters? Click on the vid to find out!

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Captain Marvel 2019 Trailer – Most Powerful Superhero in the MCU?

The new trailer for Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson just dropped, and it looks amazing. Is Captain Marvel the most powerful superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe? Well, we will have to see her in action when the movie opens next year, but for now, she looks like quite the beast!

The film is slated to open March 8th, 2019. Here is the official synopsis:

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.

Some of Captain Marvel’s reputed powers include:

  • superhuman strength
  • flies at six times the speed of sound, and even at light speed under certain conditions
  • discharges explosive energy blasts from her fingers…up to the strength of a nuclear weapon
  • sixth sense
  • controls stellar energies

Cannot wait to see her powers in action!


Things a teen can do outside and not on the phone

things a teen can do outdoors and not on phone

Teens are kinda addicted to their phones. Teens spend more time streaming videos online, playing video games, and interacting on social media combined than any other activities. Unfortunately, this means that teens rarely spend time outside, but finding things a teen can do outside and not on the phone is going to improve your health.

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When you stay inside all the time, you miss out on the physical and spiritual benefits that sunshine, fresh air, and exercise can give you. Getting too much sun can be bad for you, but not getting enough sun can be worse. The sun can help elevate your mood and regulate your circadian clock, which i turn helps you sleep better. To reap these benefits, try to do things a teen can do outside and not on the phone. Here are a few ways every teen can get outside more often:

Involve your friends

Get a group of friends together for stuff you can do outside. Teens are kind of in between still being a kid and being young adults, so you can get away with being goofy and running around. Examples of things you can do include:

  • Volleyball (could be informal, just hit the ball in the air if you don’t have a net)
  • Hiking
  • Walking around the city and talking
  • Manhunt (you need a larger group)
  • Bocce ball
  • Miniature golf
  • Frisbee
  • Kick a ball around, or a hacky-sack
  • Hunt geocaches
  • Urban exploration (don’t trespass, but you can find really cool locations)

Active Sports and Activities

Take the initiative to participate in sports such as swimming or tennis if you are an active person. See if you can get involved in a baseball or softball league. You can also take a weekend hiking, fishing, or camping trip.

If you aren’t interested in participating in sports, you can always spend time outside watching others play. Attend football, baseball or soccer games. Going to a beach or a lake to enjoy the beauty of the water is always a good alternative option.

People watch

Outside of playing games and sports to spend time outside, there are alternative options that you can choose. Walk around the park and just watch people. Don’t be creepy and stare, but just look them over and try to find something you like about them. This will help you come out of your shell a little bit, especially if you are mad at someone or very shy. Your mood will get better. And you never know where you might make a new friend!

Walk or bike everyhere

Making it a point to walk or bike everywhere is another way to get outdoors without having to play a sport or game. Get in the habit of walking or biking to school if you live in a safe enough area. If you are old enough to drive, don’t waste time hunting for a close parking spot at the mall, but park far and enjoy the extra exercise.

Safety comes first

No matter what outdoor activity you try, make sure you don’t take stupid risks or break the law. These are not worth it. Stay alert to your surroundings. Don’t walk or jog with earphones in your ears. This can drown out what’s going on around you.

Be sure to look out for cars that may back up out of driveways or that run red lights whenever you go outdoors. Be careful not to walk or bike after dark. Most pedestrian accidents that result in injury happen at night. It is also dangerous to cross the street anywhere other than the crosswalk of an intersection.

Once you enjoy things a teen can do outside and not on the phone more often, you may start to wonder whether you even need video games or spending so much time obsessing about your Snapchat streaks. Be cautious, be safe, and have fun.