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I Was a Cyberbully
How I went from target to aggressor
author image Otis is bullied in school, then discovers that on the Internet he can be the aggressor. He goes too far and hurts someone he loves.

When I was little, I was too afraid to speak up for myself. If I accidentally broke something, either my mom or my older brother would yell at me to “tell the truth"... [more]

Navigating Love Navigating Love
He's Way Too Needy - She Makes Me Better - My Dad's a Crack Addict And I Love Him - PLUS - What's Hot: Summer Books - Tupac and Me - My Body's Just Fine
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FEATURED STORIES
Defining Myself Melanie writes about embracing her Christian youth group and how she doesn’t want to be perceived as “crazy” or judgmental. [more]
I Identify with Tupac Desmin doesn’t just look like Tupac Shakur; they both grew up in Harlem with single mothers who struggled with crack addiction. Both also used writing to inspire readers to “do better in life.” [more]
MY FIRST TIME: Singing on Stage Emily describes how she feels and what she observes on her first night performing in a choral concert. [more]
Back Off, Mom The writer’s mom is so focused on pushing her to excel in school and on her college admissions tests, she doesn’t see that the relationship has become reduced to yelling and lecturing. [more]
Soulmates Donyaeh didn't get enough love from his parents, so he feels lucky to find Alina, a girlfriend who asks how he feels and comforts him when he's down. [more]
Growing Up With an Addict A family therapist describes how kids can cope with a parent's addiction and seek help.

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My First Boyfriend Julia starts dating her friend Peter, but quickly feels smothered by him and misses the freedom of being single.
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I’m Not You, Mom Isela is expected to babysit her brothers, cook, clean, and maintain her good grades. She becomes overwhelmed, but her mom is not sympathetic. [more]
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Pretty Beautiful After the writer realizes she looks nothing like the sexualized, skinny actresses who play teens on TV, she begins to explore her own definition of beauty. [more]
Even Loners Need Friends Wensley never had a lot of friends even before he moved here from his home country of Haiti. But now, his accent and his shyness make it more difficult to connect. [more]
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