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January 19, 2013

Great ways for teens to stay busy

A lot of the reason today’s teens engage in certain behaviors that previous generations didn’t, is that they’re exposed to technology which provides an infinite amount of information through just one click.

And some of that information is harmful to young eyes and tends to rob teens of their innocence.

What are the ways to combat some of those negative influences that your child will inevitably face?

Many parents will say that keeping a kid out of trouble is all about providing him or her with options--activities to do, positive places to go and other kids to be around who want to stay away from trouble.

A positive way to accomplish this is by allowing teens to volunteer or get involved with a website or company that creates programs around social change.

DoSomething.org is one of those sites, as the New York-based organization creates a new national campaign just about every week, and provides teenagers with the resources to put together events, drives or anything else that will further the campaign's initiative and bring about positive change.

The different selections of campaigns seem to cover just about every social need in our communities like teen bullying, homelessness, poverty, kids dropping out of school and a host of other projects.

There’s a chance that you might have seen an ad about DoSomething.org  or caught one of their online videos, as a bunch of A-list celebrities including everyone from Nick Cannon to R&B singer Usher have shot commercials for the organization while encouraging young people to get involved.

And to show just how popular Do Something has become in recent years, take a look at these statistics:

In the last year, over 2 million people joined the organization, and its organizers say about 7,000 additional people join each day. And the impact that young people are having in communities across the U.S. is evident in the statistics given by the organization on its website.

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