Uable, with 10X more Power!

Last few weeks, we have been deeply reflecting on our journey. We have looked at what we have created for hundreds of thousands of teenagers, and we are proud of all that we have done, together! 

But we want to do better for our talented teens who have come here for a stellar community experience.  There is one deep realisation that has been striking us over and over: free communities tend to become too large and noisy as there is no barrier of entry, offering less incremental value to the high intent users. Think of it as an amphitheater where there are free performances and a lot of our collective effort is going into crowd management, rather than bringing the very best performances on stage, truly experiencing them and building on those.

We are taking the Uable experience 10X from here, and launching something that will change the game for our Power Users!

Who is Uable’s Power User? You! Aspiring, ambitious teenager who wants to go beyond the traditional boundaries of education, to pursue passions seriously, by connecting with like-minded driven teens and collaborating with the best minds in  fields of interest, engage in exciting projects, play with ideas and build a portfolio of  dreams!

For you, Uable is launching the next big thing: “Power Club”! We are so excited about what we have in store for you. 

True to its name, Uable’s new premium app, Power Club will bring the most powerful, passionate, and ambitious teenagers from across the world and connect them not only with each other but with top young achievers of every field and create magical collaboration opportunities that have never existed. 

Power Club is for those crazy young minds who want to go deep in Entrepreneurship, Design, Creator Economy, Web 3.0, Climate Change, YouTubing, Activism and more. It is for those who want to go to  Ivy League and other best global campuses or for those who want to simply build an amazing network, work on extraordinary projects and problems and build a game-changing portfolio of work!

Power Club will be a members-only global community of teenagers where getting in will not be easy, but once you get in, life will never be the same again! It will be everything that you have loved Uable for, only 10X the experience, powered by global cross-pollination!

It has taken us 13 months of deep work with so many of you to understand the real needs of exceptional teens and what we should offer you. Now, it’s time for magic!

Applications open in the last week of July! Stay tuned….

Why Teenagers Are Leaving Traditional Social Media?

A teenager looking at phone

The Future of Social Media is Moving Toward Private Communities Where People Can Share More With a Closer Circle

For years social media apps have spread FOMO and insecurity by showing people how good others’ lives are. This has led to mental health issues, negative body image and low self-esteem in teenagers. Not just this, privacy is a major concern for teens and GenZ on these platforms as they expose their data for advertisements and also expose them to negative social elements. Teens are realising a lot of these negatives and are finding ways to engage in private, safe, and focused communities instead.

Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have been criticised for their lack of privacy and security. Privacy-focused apps like Snapchat can be accessed by anyone over the age of 13 (also the minimum age to have a Facebook or Instagram account). This article by the New York Times details how Instagram is losing its pipeline of teenagers. Private communities offer an alternative solution for teens who want to communicate with one another without being watched by adults or corporations.

Private communities are groups of people who share similar interests and come together to discuss them in a safe space. They provide an outlet for teens to explore their identities and values without fear of judgement or criticism from their peers. These communities can be built around passions, aspirations and ambition. Communities are the future of social engagement and value creation. 

Teens often struggle with understanding their identity as they go through adolescence, sometimes feeling pressured by society to fit into certain categories such as masculinity or femininity. Private communities allow them to express themselves freely without fear of being judged by others in real life or online forums that are open to the public.

Communities Create New Opportunities For Content Creation and Entrepreneurship

The internet has always been a place where teenagers can go to learn and connect with others who share their interests. But now, as teens increasingly spend their time online, they’re becoming more interested in finding like-minded people and supportive networks. The result? Private social communities are popping up all over the world, offering teens a way to create their own community spaces.

This means that there’s no better time than now for brands to start thinking about how they can tap into this trend and reach their target audience in an authentic way. The best way to do this is by creating your own private communities or partnering with existing ones that already have an established audience.

Private Communities create diverse opportunities for content creators and community builders to become entrepreneurs, create value and earn for genuine work, hence taking the Creator economy to the next level. High value content is created and consumed by a focused user group instead of addictive content typically found on social networks.

Cyberbullying is Less Likely in These Settings

Cyberbullying is a big problem for the modern teenager. Social media sites like Instagram, Twitter etc. are the prime locations for bullies to pick their victims. However, there are ways you can protect yourself from cyberbullies.

Cyberbullies are less likely to harass someone when they know that person will have friends who will back them up. This can be done through private communities or clubs that only accept members who apply and are accepted.

Private communities can also help increase self-confidence in teens. Teens who spend time online with their peers are less likely to feel alone with their problems because they know there are others who share the same experiences or feelings as them. This helps teens build a support system that encourages them to keep going even when times get tough

Privacy Concerns are Lower

The idea of private communities is not a new one. However, in the internet age, it has become more and more important to find private online communities to stay away from the social media noise.

The purpose of the private communities or Clubs on Uable is to create a safe space for people to share information, find friends, upskill & learn with each other without fear of being judged, criticised or ridiculed. 

Privacy of every community member is kept on high priority so you don’t have to worry about privacy concerns. Whether you’re looking for advice on college or just want someone to talk about your favourite music artist, you’ll find people who share your interests in these places.

There’s a lot of talk about how private communities can help teenagers. The truth is, there are many benefits to being in a private internet community. If you’re looking for a way to express freely while being safe, then private communities should be on your radar.

How To Be A Good Leader?

How a leader can lead a team to success!

It is very necessary to possess leadership qualities in today’s technology-driven world. What are the listed things that make a good leader? And what are the factors that influence the workspace? Let’s quickly understand and know some main ways to build leadership qualities.

1.) Don’t think about getting popular — Certain things will make you unpopular. You are the one who has to decide what will be good for your team and whatnot. Sometimes, you will be ended up making decisions that will make you unpopular. It is very momentous to manage things according to what best suit your team.

2.) Being passionate about your work is very important to love what you desire the most. Following your passion and getting into something you like the most is always beneficial and makes you a good leader. Try to develop your willingness for what you love the most.

3.) Communication plays a key role — Good communication becomes the prime reason for managing a group, especially in the workspace. Good leaders are known for their communication skills and for addressing challenges directly. It can be anything from writing an email to face-to-face conversation. Good leaders can make lasting impressions with their employees by creating a better communication scope.

4.) Working for employees — Good leaders ensure that their employees have all the major resources to pursue their tasks efficiently. Good leaders are approachable, and they welcome every kind of opinion that comes their way. They are adaptable and flexible to what their employees desire.

5.) Respect and relationships — Good leaders treat people as they’d want to be treated. Every good leader possesses the quality of creating productive associations. Good leaders value every employee’s perspective and build mutual trust and relationships. Strong managers always build bridges with others and value mutually beneficial relationships.

6.) Positivity and encouragement — Good leaders are always uplifting and reassuring. They praise their employees for every good act. They are receptive to new inventions and ideas. Instead of not accepting the change that comes along their way, they are adaptable and flexible.

7.) Consistency and Mindset — Good leaders possess the quality of never stopping learning things. They are continuous learners. They are always found to be a keen lover of knowing more things happening around them.

8.) Role models — Leadership comes from within. The best leaders know that the important part of what makes a good manager is putting the right example in front of others, from putting in extra hours to treating others with love, respect, and kindness.

Authored by: Atul Raghav, Power Teen at Uable

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5 reasons why teens are more open about mental health

Teens today are more comfortable seeking help from therapists.

Imagine walking up to your parents one day and blurting out the words, “I need to speak to a psychologist”. But imagine you said this maybe 20/30 years in the past. In most cases, this statement would have received its fair share of confusion.

Fortunately for us, it’s not so taboo anymore. The world is getting bigger. Our experiences are getting wider. Our lives are getting more stressful. And mental health conversations are getting so much louder!

As internal and external stressors continue to increase, especially among teenagers, so do mental health concerns. Coping with education, cyberbullying, body image, physical health are just a few stressors teens face on a day-to-day basis. Ultimately, these stressors slowly and steadily build up, get bottled up and finally show up as psychological concerns such as anxiety or depression.

Mental health is no longer an uncommon scenario. More and more teens & adults are voicing their troubles and seeking the help they need when they need it. In fact, according to the WHO, 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental health conditions. Half of all mental health conditions start by the age of 14. But what about today’s times has changed the way teens view their mental wellbeing? Let’s find out.

Increased awareness

Over the years, the awareness surrounding mental health has grown considerably. What was once ignored is now being recognized as a problem and treated accordingly. Spreading awareness about mental health, understanding that therapy is not a bad word and accepting mental health as just as important as physical health are a few factors that have helped enable this.

It’s important to note here that today’s teens are a lot more psychologically minded i.e they’re able to properly explain and understand patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. They’ve decoded their inner workings and much of this can be credited to our next reason, access to social media and the internet. 

Social media & the internet

It may seem insignificant but social media has played a tremendous role in helping teens open up about their mental health. It has helped normalize mental health problems and reduced stigma through interconnectedness and shared understanding. Teens no longer feel isolated because others are experiencing the same things they are. 

While social media and the internet at large have been known to be the cause of anxiety, depression and several other issues – there’s no denying that it helps bring experiences today as well. Moreover, these networks have given teens access to not just people but organizations who work on mental health concerns, inform abundantly and help find resolutions for them too. 

More open conversations 

A big part of being open about your mental health is having open, real, honest conversations with those you trust and love. Phrases like “I’m too stressed” or “I’m really anxious today” are now a part of daily jargon. It’s an accepted state of mind and not an uncommon one either. The bigger concern here is finding the right person to talk to. For those who don’t feel as comfortable speaking to their parents or caretakers, there’s now access to therapists, organizations and professionals who they can speak to. 

Destigmatization

Overall, the increased awareness and access to information have helped lessen the stigma surrounding mental health. In a positive shift in mindset, we see that teens are not the only ones asking for help but parents are able to recognize when their kids require the help too. Unlike Millennials and Gen X’ers, who belonged to a generation where mental health problems were never discussed, today’s Gen Zs are part of a cohort who don’t feel that same stigma.

Celebrity intervention

From Deepika Padukone and Virat Kohli to Simone Biles and Lady Gaga – these public figures have made mental health conversations a lot easier. They’ve spoken out about their struggles and normalized their battles, encouraging many teens to be braver and more open about their struggles. We can’t disagree that this has helped teens feel a lot more heard as they associate with their favourite celebrities, and by extension with their struggles too.

The final take

Since the pandemic, the world has been facing a collective trauma together. Everyone has felt its impact in many ways, from physical to mental. More and more people have come to terms with their mental health struggles and have felt comforted in the empathy that followed. Rather than whispering about it behind closed doors, today mental health is discussed in the same way that one would talk about daily chores like making a meal or brushing your teeth. 

That said, we’re still a long, long way down the road from making mental health a part & parcel of everyone’s daily life. Yes, everyone! While it may sound like the only people who require mental health support are those undergoing some form of trauma or difficulty only, it’s far from the best-case scenario. Mental health is for everyone and could literally be about absolutely nothing in particular.

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How to make money on Instagram as a teenager

If you had to take a wild guess, how many hours do you think you spend on the social networking app, Instagram, every day? Maybe 2, maybe 10? What if we told you that all those hours you spend on the app can actually be profitable? 

Although it did start as a simple image-sharing platform, millions of users today use the platform to share their lives, products, art and content. Instagram monetization is easy once users know how to best optimize the algorithm & features offered by the platform: from simple images to reels to IGTV videos to guides. For teenagers wondering how to monetize Instagram, here are some starter ideas on how to earn money on Instagram page that might come of use. Take a look: 

How to monetize Instagram as a teenager 

1) Start an Insta Shop 

Instagram is a valuable platform for small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to showcase their work. And even make some good money off of it. Whether you’re a baker, a knitter, a painter or a photographer — Instagram is the perfect platform to kickstart your business. It’s cost-effective, user-friendly and open to businesses of all kinds. 

As a young business owner, you should have a clear understanding of the audience you desire and then work towards building a loyal base. The crux is that no matter what you sell, there’s an audience for it on Instagram. You’ve just got to find them. 

2) Become an influencer or brand ambassador

You’ve probably seen people on the ‘gram posting funny, relevant & relatable content on their feed. By sticking to their niche, they build an audience and become influencers. To explain, influencers are those creators who’ve got a follower base in thousands or millions, all of whom are easily persuaded by what they say/do/wear. 

Influencers don’t need to fit into a certain genre either; you can be an influencer who creates fun content, someone who dances, or someone who games a lot too. Once you find that niche, brands will approach you to promote and talk about their products. But remember, that will only happen if these brands see a return on their investment. In the long run, the more brands that like your content, the more likely you are to be picked up as their brand ambassador! 

3) Turn your page into a (paid) blog

Instagram, as everyone knows, started as a platform to share images and connect with friends through visual experiences. Many young creators use the platform for what it is — to share their experiences, travels and life hacks. Today, Instagram is home to bloggers of all kinds, from lifestyle and travel to fashion and tech to name a few. 

The key is to keep creating content that people love. If you travel and document your travels on the platform, it’s likely that brands with a travel hook will approach you for promotions. Furthermore, if you have an external blog linked to your Instagram handle, you can even run ads on it to earn some extra bucks! 

Once you’ve got a good audience on the ‘gram and a blog as a bonus, brands will even reach out to you to post their products with an affiliate link. An affiliate sale means that you get a commission when you sell a product for the brand. You earn money as an affiliate by using a trackable connection or a coupon code, which allows you to see which promotions come straight from your content.

You can push these links on your Instagram captions, videos or Stories. You can find fun, new ways of persuading your audience to invest in the brand. If you have a presence on other social media channels such as YouTube and Facebook, you can double your reach for the brand for even better results! 

5) Sell via a dropshipping account 

Dropshipping, if you haven’t heard already, is a business model wherein you can operate your shop without having to physically keep any product. It’s a hands-off e-commerce platform that gives you the freedom to run a business in a unique way. The process includes purchasing products from a manufacturer, publicizing them to get sales, getting paid for the products and then letting the manufacturer take care of the shipping. In the end, you keep your own margins as profit and pay only the product cost to the manufacturer. 

For young entrepreneurs, dropshipping is a sustainable means to earn profits and Instagram is the perfect platform to help enable this for teens! 

Summing it up

Social media platforms like Instagram are making it more and more easy for young entrepreneurs like yourself to earn money easily through their Instagram handles. If you’ve got a business idea or a skill worthy of showcasing, there’s no “right” age to make it big. If you have an idea, take the plunge. Plus, an Instagram page doesn’t need too much of  an investment which makes it all the more easier to dream big! As a teenager looking to earn money the easy and fun way, Instagram monetization is the way to go. 

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10 of the best anime series for teens

Anime is all the rage among teens — here are the shows they love!

Anime

/ˈanɪmeɪ,ˈanɪmə/

a style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children.

Within Japan, anime is the term used to describe any form of animation, whether produced nationally or internationally. Anime is so popular today that you could find one for literally any topic, theme or age profile. From friendship and romance to science fiction and action thrillers to murder mysteries, there’s an anime series for everything. 

Fair warning: Anime is not created to appease a younger age group in any way, which means that not everything that looks age-appropriate will actually be age-appropriate for teens. 

For those new to the genre, let’s get into 10 of the most popular anime series for teenagers, in no particular order: 

1) Fullmetal Alchemist 

Japanese title: 鋼の錬金術師

Genre: Adventure | Dark Fantasy

IMDb rating: 8.5/10

What’s it about: Fullmetal Alchemist has been loosely adapted from a manga series of the same name. The series follows the story of two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who are on the hunt for the philosopher’s stone after a failed alchemical ritual that leaves them with severely damaged bodies. It comprises a total of 51 episodes and even a second series called Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

2) Naruto 

Japanese title: ナルト

Genre: Adventure | Fantasy Comedy

IMDb rating: 8.3/10

What’s it about: This is another manga-adapted series that tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young mischievous ninja who seeks recognition from his peers. He also dreams of becoming the Hokage or the leader of his village. Between 2002 to 2007, the series broadcasted about 220 episodes in Japan. The sequel, Naruto: Shippuden, includes 500 more episodes.

3) Attack on Titan

Japanese title: 進撃の巨人

Genre: Action | Dark Fantasy | Post Apocalyptic 

IMDb rating: 9/10

What’s it about: Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the remains of humanity live behind walls that protect them from the Titans, Attack on Titan follows the journey of the protagonist (Eren Jaeger) and his friends in their fight against the giant Titans. The friends join the Survey Corps after the Colossal Titan breaches the wall of their hometown, destroys the city and kills Eren’s mother. It currently includes 75 episodes with the second part of the final season set to air in January 2022.

4) Yu Yu Hakusho

Japanese title: 幽☆遊☆白書

Genre: Adventure | Martial Arts

IMDb rating: 8.4/10

What’s it about: Written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi, the series narrates the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a 14-year old who finds himself dead following a car crash while attempting to save a child’s life. After realizing he was never meant to die, the Spirit World resurrects him as a Spirit Detective and he’s tasked to investigate various cases involving demons and apparitions in the human world. This series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize for best anime in 1994 and 1995.

5) Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Japanese title: 鬼滅の刃

Genre: Adventure | Dark Fantasy

IMDb rating: 8/7/10

What’s it about: This 26-episode series details the story of Tanjiro Kamado, a teenager who strives to become a demon slayer after his family was slaughtered and his younger sister Nezuko is slowly being turned into a demon. Tanjiro promises to avenge his family and cure his sister. In 2020, the Demon Slayer franchise generated an estimated annual sales revenue of ¥1 trillion ($8.75 billion), becoming one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.

6) Cowboy Bebop

Japanese title: カウボーイビバップ

Genre: Space Western | Neo-Noir

IMDb rating: 8.9/10

What’s it about: This science fiction television series comprises 26 episodes set in the year 2071. It follows the lives of a traveling bounty hunting crew in their spaceship called the Bebop. It includes several futuristic misadventures of the easygoing bounty hunter and his friends. Cowboy Bebop has been credited with helping introduce anime to a new wave of Western viewers in the early 2000s.

7) Death Note 

Japanese title: N/A

Genre: Mystery | Psychological Thriller

IMDb rating: 9/10

What’s it about: A Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, this story is about Light Yagami, a teen genius who discovers a mysterious notebook, titled the ‘Death Note’. He discovers it belonged to the Shinigami Ryuk and grants the user the supernatural ability to kill anyone whose name is written in its pages. He then goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world.

8) Haikyuu!!

Japanese title: ハイキュー!!

Genre: Comedy | Coming of Age

IMDb rating: 8.7/10

What’s it about: Shōyō Hinata is a young boy who is determined to become a great volleyball player one day, despite his short build. He joins his school’s volleyball club – only to realize that he’s its sole member, forcing him to spend the next two years trying to convince other students to help him practice. The series currently includes 85 episodes and four seasons.

9) One Punch Man: Wanpanman

Japanese title: ワンパンマン

Genre: Action | Comedy

IMDb rating: 8.8/10

What’s it about: Meet Saitama: a superhero who can defeat any opponent with a single punch. With all the strength he has, Saitama soon grows bored and seeks to find a worthy opponent to come at par with his powers. As of April 2020, the manga remake of One Punch Man had sold over 30 million copies.

10) Black Clover

Japanese title: ブラッククローバー

Genre: Adventure | Fantasy

IMDb rating: 8.3/10

What’s it about: This 170-episode series has been written and illustrated by Yūki Tabata and follows the story of Asta and Yuno who were abandoned together at the same church. Both boys live in a magical realm where they, as children, promise to compete against each other to see who would become the next Emperor Magus. 

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Cryptocurrency for teens: All you need to know

Teens live their lives online — why shouldn’t their currency be online too?

The cryptocurrency craze is at an all-time high. It’s no longer a matter of age, the younger generation is equally invested in this frenzy as anybody else. As of May of this year, investing in cryptocurrency in India stood at nearly $6.6 billion (Rs 49,189 crore) from just $923 million a year earlier.

If you’ve heard the word being thrown around in a lot of conversations lately but are not quite sure of what that entails, then here’s everything you need to know. 

What is cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency or crypto is essentially just digital currency that is based on blockchain technology. Although highly speculative in nature, crypto is considered to be an alternative investment option outside of stocks and bonds if invested correctly and with proper guidance. This form of currency has gained so much value in the past year that Bitcoin, the best-known crypto, has the value of gold. Some even refer to it as digital gold. 

Despite the initial blockers on crypto investments, the Indian population has taken to cryptocurrency with great enthusiasm. Startups like WazirX, CoinDCX, ETtech are making it easier for people to invest in crypto. Due to their rising real estate prices and increased taxation on precious metals such as gold and silver, more promising returns — they’ve been able to lure in even younger investors.

However, cryptocurrency exchange guidelines in India do have an age bar, allowing only those above 18 years to actively invest. But teenagers, with the guidance of their parents/caretakers, are able to trade through a family member’s account.

How to invest in cryptocurrency in India?

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how you can start investing in cryptocurrency in India:  

Step 1: Find a trustworthy crypto exchange platform

Currently, there isn’t much of a structure when it comes to crypto trading. So look for well-known crypto exchange platforms in India before you begin investing. Some popular names right now are WazirX, CoinDCX, and CoinSwitch Kuber among others. 

Step 2: Create an account with your parent

Head to your chosen platform, select the prompt that says crypto exchange for trading and begin creating your/your parent’s account. Fill in all your details correctly (there will be a KYC verification later), enter the amount you plan to invest and then move on to the next step. 

Step 3: Set up the account for trading

To begin trading, you must first ensure there’s money to exchange in the account. You will be prompted to link your bank account and then transfer money to it to further your investments. 

Step 4: Make your first investment 

Here’s where all your research will play a big role. It’s here that you need to pick the cryptocurrency you want to invest in so choose wisely. Some of the best cryptocurrency to invest in India right now include Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and Polygon (MATIC) among others. 

Step 5: Secure your account

Once you’ve invested, make sure you add in relevant codes to safe-keep your account and protect it from any hacking dangers. Most experts advise storing the coins you’ve purchased in a crypto wallet.

Best Crypto Wallet for Teens in India

Most crypto platforms come with the facility of offering crypto wallets that allow you to store public and/or private keys for all your cryptocurrency transactions. Additionally, there are external wallet-based softwares that help you store keys. But when it comes to picking the best crypto wallet, you should consider factors such as online customer support, transaction charges, platform security and user-friendliness. Here are some of the best crypto wallet in India right now:

1) WazirX Multi-Cryptocurrency Wallet

WazirX is an indigenous crypto exchange platform that comes with a web & mobile-based wallet facility. The wallet uses a two-factor authentication security system and does not charge any deposit fee. However, withdrawals are subject to fees depending on the cryptocurrency.

2) Vauld Wallet

Vauld is an online hot wallet that is integrated with its internal crypto platform. It allows you to store 55 major cryptocurrencies including BTC, ETH, USDT, DOGE, LTC, MATIC, ATOM, BAT and UNI. Vauld allows you to create a fixed deposit of your cryptocurrencies & earn up to 12.68% as interest. 

3) Coinbase Bitcoin Wallet

Coinbase is a mobile-based crypto wallet where you can store & exchange Bitcoin and other digital currencies. It uses biometric authentication technology for security and does not require a Coinbase account for wallet transactions. It’s also free to install and use!

4) Unocoin Bitcoin Wallet

Another app-based crypto wallet, Unocoin is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The app also comes with a merchant gateway service that allows online businesses to accept bitcoins. While it does not charge a fee to store and receive bitcoin, it does include a miners fee (when you send bitcoin to a bitcoin address). 

5) BuyU Coin Multi-Cryptocurrency Wallet

This is a multi-cryptocurrency exchange platform that has been operating in India since 2016. Using the wallet requires a two-factor authentication system and an open account with BuyU Coin. The wallet creation here is free but does charge withdrawal fees based on the type of cryptocurrency. 

Teens investing in cryptocurrency in India and looking for the top crypto wallets should consider their long-term and short-term investment strategy, their choice of crypto, their funding brackets, etc before choosing a wallet. Crypto wallets make it safer to store your currency (through keys) rather than letting the currency stay in an exchange account. 

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8 tips to deal with academic stress

Has online education changed how teens feel about school?

Excited to go back to the old normal? Walking down school hallways, same faces, same teachers, same canteen and same academic stress? Not this time! 

The possibility of going back to school after an almost 2-year long hiatus sounds thrilling for teens. But with it comes several more complications from study pressure and scoring good grades to making friends and socializing. That’s exactly why learning stress management for teens is extremely important. We’ve compiled a list of 8 self-care ideas or tips to help teens cope better with academic stress.

1) Create a routine 

Waking up in the morning, knowing exactly what lies ahead is a rather satisfying feeling. Working up a routine and altering it to your ever-changing life is a great way to stay centered and keep up with deadlines. It helps give you a vision of your day and allows you to be more productive. But what should you accommodate into your daily routine? Keep reading for some must-haves!

2) Remember to exercise & eat healthy

Believe it or not, your physical health has a major impact on how you tackle and cope with stressful situations. Setting aside time for a workout or any other form of physical activity helps reset your body and mind. Additionally, wholesome and healthy food gives you the energy to push through the day! But yes, junk food cheat days are still always a great idea!

3) Have a good sleep schedule

Research suggests that teenagers need a minimum of 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night. With early morning school schedules, never-ending study days and extracurricular activities, it’s crucial to enforce a stress-free sleep schedule into your routine. Bonus tip: Keep your workspace and your bed separate so that the place you sleep is always a calm, happy zone. 

4) Take lots of breaks

Adults don’t say this often but yes, you should take your breaks often but remember to keep your study time as productive as possible. That means that when it’s time to go in your zone, you do it without distractions and when you’re tired, you take a well-deserved break, guilt-free!

5) Make time for hobbies

You’ve heard it a million times and it’s true: all work and no play do make <insert your name here> a dull teen. While you’re studying and focusing on grades, make sure you’re also giving yourself the time to indulge in hobbies. Enroll in dance classes, rent a sports ground with your friends on weekends, learn a new language — do the things that truly make you happy.

6) Have open & honest conversations 

No matter how much you want to resist it, you’ve got to get yourself to have those hard conversations with your parents, caretakers or close friends. Be honest about how you’re feeling and ask for help when you need it. There’s no shame and it’s never too early or late. Listen to your body and mind and take care of it too.

7) Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation is a wonderful way to start your day. It has helped many teens by reducing stress, lowering heart rates and improving their sleep cycles. The best part about practicing this form of meditation is that it can be done in a matter of 5 mins or 50 and even on the go. It’s up to you! 

8) Be your own cheerleader

There really is no better cheerleader in the world than yourself. No one knows you better or understands you better than, well, you. So always, always remember: you’ve found yourself a cheerleader (sing it if you have to) so give yourself that pep talk, tell yourself you’re the boss and go crush your goals for the day!

We know it — going back to school can be slightly intimidating. Study pressure is tremendous. That’s why managing stress for students is crucial. By following these simple, easy tips, you’ll be better prepared to take on any challenges that school life may throw at you. Say it to yourself: I’ve got this! 

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Starting a YouTube gaming channel: A guide for teens 

More and more teens are streaming gameplay on YouTube

Did you know? YouTube gaming had its biggest year ever in 2020 with 100 billion watch time hours and 40 million+ active gaming channels. What’s more, there are about 40 million active gaming channels and, globally, there were over 100 billion hours of gaming content watched on YouTube.*

Over the last few years, YouTube has become not just an extremely popular media medium but a very lucrative channel as well. Bloggers or Vloggers now “YouTube” as a full-time profession covering a wide range of genres from beauty and lifestyle to tech and gaming. More specifically, YouTube gamers have gained massive popularity as they appease a mixed age and gender group. 

But it’s not just the adults and big kids on the creator’s side. 10-year-old Ethan started his own kid-gaming channel called Ethan Gamer and is now a social media star too. At age 19, Techno Gamerz has become the youngest YT gamer to cross the 20M milestone! A gaming YouTube channel in this day and age is a great way to make your talent bigger than what it is. So without further ado, let’s get into the details.

How to start a YouTube channel on gaming

Step 1: Think about your niche & format

YouTube gaming channels are definitely not a new space in the video content industry. This means that every other gamer out there is attracting an audience similar to the one you’d want to have on your own page. The only way to stand out is to find your unique tone of voice and niche right at the onset. Think about what sets you apart as a person? What aspect of your personality will people relate to? What best utilizes your talents? You should also think about the format you want to capitalize on, be it live streams, walkthroughs, esports or reviews with a twist. 

Step 2: Get the essentials

Understanding your format will help you determine the equipment & tools you’ll need to create the video content you want. To make quality HD videos, you’ll want a good camera or high-quality phone lens, tripods, lighting and a microphone to start with. But the most important tool you’ll need is access to the latest games or ones that are in the news often. Eventually, you’ll reach a place where distributors and creators will reach out to you to review their games online. But until then, you’ll have to go in with the ability to self-fund new games. 

Step 3: Find the right post-production tools

How you stream or produce your videos depends greatly on the hardware and software you use. Playing games on a PC makes it easier to record or edit or do simultaneous voiceovers. You’ll also need screen capture software, a microphone, lighting, editing software to begin. Remember to do your research on all the equipment you need before you go in with the investment. 

Step 4: Make a posting strategy 

Okay, making great videos is one thing. But posting it, optimizing it to reach the audience you want is a whole other task. Put in the time to do the research, use SEO and the right keywords, capture good thumbnail images, get all the music/audio rights you need (if any) and keep your content authentic and real.

Step 5: Keep it consistent

Now, this is an important step: you’ve got to plan your content & calendars waaaay ahead. We mean, waaaay. How? There are websites and brands that pre-announce when their most anticipated games are released. Make a monthly (or quarterly) calendar with all these important release dates, work backward by accounting time to play/record/edit and only then you decide the final publishing dates. 

Step 6: Pat yourself on the back because you did it!

Congratulations! You’re now got yourself a YouTube gaming channel! Don’t stress about the numbers, you’ll get there eventually by being consistent and making quality content.  

Best games for YouTube videos

To give you a racing start, here are some of the best games for your YouTube gaming channel right now:

  • Minecraft
  • Roblox
  • Garena Free Fire
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Fortnite
  • Call of Duty

Which one do you think you’ll start with? Tell us in the comments!

*Source: YouTube official blog

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The 7-step guide to becoming a better decision-maker

Hold up! Did you hesitate for a second (or five) before opening this link? Do the smallest of conundrums sometimes look like big problems? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to teenage decision making & problem solving for teens 101!

Your teenage years can be quite a jar full of pickles. There are just so many things that you have to juggle, all at once — studies, friendships, relationships, getting that perfect Instagram photo, et al. So much to do, so little time. And it doesn’t help when everyone is always reminding you that the decisions you make today will define the rest of your life. 

In times like these, all big-small choices look like daunting decisions. And that can be scary, sometimes. So here’s a handy guide to help polish your decision-making skills!

How to make a decision

It’s always good to have a handy framework of decision-making life skills. Here’s a comprehensive 7-step guide to help you with it:

Step 1: Ask yourself what the question is

Sometimes we get so tangled up in a problem that we forget what the question was in the first place. So the first part of making an important decision is to take a step back and ask yourself: what’s the question? Think about the situation, what’s being asked of you and even what tools you need to make a decision. Problem-solving for teens begins with understanding the problem.

Step 2: Analyse the impact of this decision

Whether you need to decide what to order for dinner or which subjects to specialize in at school, all decisions have consequences. Of course, some have more lasting results than others, which may not be evident to us at the moment. Evaluate the consequences that this particular decision will have in your life. Does this decision only impact day-to-day activities, or does it affect your life’s big picture too? Also, think about how this decision impacts the lives of those around you, especially your family and friends.

Step 3: List down all possible choices

What choices do you have on the plate? Is this decision a binary choice question or one with far too many possible answers? Is the question even objective, or like literature, are there no right or wrong answers? Take stock of all the possible choices that you have before choosing one of them. Feel free to be as creative as you want in this step. Just remember that there are no bad options/answers here, the more, the merrier. Fun fact: 90% of teenage decision-making is just about being open to various options.

Step 4: Analyse the short & long term effect of each choice

Before you make any decision, it’s essential to understand your choices. Research as much as you can about what each of those choices entails. Make Google your best friend (if it isn’t already), visit your nearest library if you like and basically try it all. You should also talk to people who have taken a similar path in life or made similar choices to get their perspective too. And hey, don’t forget to take LOTS of notes!

Step 5: Make a pros & cons list

This may be the oldest trick in the book, but there’s a reason this trick has survived the test of time! Navigating the risk and uncertainty that every choice entails is important, but so is recognizing the rewards that come with them. More often than not, we tend to focus on only one of them. Thus, making a balanced list of the benefits and drawbacks of each choice that you have becomes imperative!

Step 6: Crunch the data 

Here comes the most crucial step of all: making the actual decision. So far, you’ve rationalized the problem, analyzed your choices and contextualized it with data or lists. All that’s left to do is evaluate the pros & cons list — one last time — to settle on the best possible option. More often than not, your gut knows what the right choice is so just listen to it. Talk to your parents, teachers, friends, well-wishers and take their advice too but remember, the final choice is yours to make.

Step 7: Take a deeeeep breath and follow-through

What’s important to remember is that no decision is too big to be irreversible. So pause, take a couple of deep breaths, center yourself and most importantly, believe in the decision that you have made. You’ve got this!

We hope this step-by-step process answers your questions about how to make a decision. Teenage decision-making can be a tricky business. Just follow a framework and your decision-making life skills will get razor-sharp over time! Here, on the Uable app, teenagers can connect with like-minded peers and mentors who can help act as a sounding board for all your big-small decisions. Ready to make it happen?

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