Tips for Teen Angels

The ultimate survival guide for upstanding adolescents

| January/February 2000

Congratulations on turning 13! Welcome to your new life! Many wonderful opportunities await you, but so do some important challenges. Here's what you need to know to be a healthy, happy, safe, and productive Teenage Citizen of America.

1. Be polite. It's the law.
All Teenage Citizens of America want to be courteous, but sometimes they need pointers. Take a tip from the kids in Louisiana, where kindergartners and first through fifth graders are now legally required to address teachers as "Sir" or "Ma'am." It's a nice thing to do, and it makes school safer for everyone. (True fact: Columbine High School senior and aspiring Marine Eric Harris always used these salutations.)