Why It’s Important To Let Teens Talk To Their Doctors… Alone

Next time you take your teen for a check-up, it’s important to give them some space. According to a new study, teens are more likely to discuss important topics with their doctors, such as sexual health and drug use, if their parents are out of the room. The study found that the most topics were discussed when parents were there for part of the visit, but left the room for the remainder of the time. Matthew Aalsma, child psychologist and the study’s author, told Reuters Health, We have to recognize […]


Scary Spice: The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

Today the New York City Health Department issued a warning about synthetic marijuana. According to ABC 7, in the past four days, there have been 15 people with severe reactions to the drug. In addition, emergency room visits from this substance more than doubled this year.

In April, Choices magazine featured an article called “Scary Spice” all about this substance. It includes the story of a teen named Emily, who is now in a wheelchair after smoking synthetic marijuana. She damaged nearly three quarters of her brain and is now legally blind.


Will This Help Prevent Teens From Abusing Painkillers?

Each day, an average of 2,000 teens will try prescription drugs recreationally for the first time. This statistic, from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, proves why a recent development from the Food and Drug Administration is a big deal. On Wednesday, the FDA approved a new painkiller intended to deter prescription drug abuse. If successful, this could combat the current drug crisis among teens (and adults, too).

The painkiller is called Targiniq ER, and combines oxycodone with naloxone.


Uh-Oh! Teen Use of Performance-Enhancing Substances Doubles

When we think of steroids, chances are men with big, bulky muscles come to mind. Or even famous athletes, who have been caught in ‘roid rage scandals. But teenagers? They may not seem like typical offenders, but surprisingly human growth hormone (or hGH) usage has recently more than doubled among teens.

Washington Post reports that teen use of synthetic human growth hormone increased by 120 percent from 2012-2013.


Celebrate Harry Potter With These Magical Words

July is a big month for Harry Potter fans! On July 21st, it was exactly seven years since the seventh book was released. Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling both have a birthday coming up on July 31st, and today is Daniel Radcliffe’s birthday – though you may better know him as the actor who played Harry Potter himself! There’s so much to celebrate this month, the Scholastic Store is even hosting a magical month of Harry Potter events.

So what’s all the excitement about? Well, we know the Harry Potter series has been wildly successful (selling around 500 million copies worldwide!) and encouraged even struggling readers to discover a world of magic.


This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Julia Isn’t Defined By OCD

“Obsession” is a word that tends to get thrown around a lot. “OMG, I’m obsessed with Ariana Grande’s new song!” or “I have a Hunger Games obsession.” It’s come to mean you really, really like something. And while being passionate is great, it’s not quite the same as being obsessed. Or at least not for everyone.

Meet Julia Jarvis — a 17-year-old who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a severe anxiety disorder that affects her everyday life. As she explains in her Teen Flaunt essay, obsessive takes on a whole new meaning for her.


Success vs. Kindness: What Do Teens Value More?

Winning a baseball game and acing a history test are super satisfying. But should the desire for success trump the ability to be kind to others? We’d say no, which makes this recent study published in the Boston Globe a bit disappointing. According to the research by Harvard Graduate School of Education, more teens value achievement over compassion.

They surveyed 10,000 middle and high school students from 33 schools across the nation about which value is most important: achievement, happiness, or compassion.


Why July Is The Riskiest Month For Teens

Without having to worry about schoolwork, summer is considered a time to relax! But maybe teens are being a little too carefree this month, at least when it comes to risky behavior. According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), July is when more young people start using drugs or alcohol compared to any other month. The stats are definitely surprising!

On average, in the month of July, someone under 18 starts drinking alcohol every 8 seconds, or smoking cigarettes every 17 seconds.


WATCH: This Inspiring Video Will Change What You Think Of Selfies!

Millennials have been dubbed the “seflie generation” — a phrase which tends to have a negative connotation. It’s synonymous with being self-obsessed or entitled, as if teenagers spend all of their free time glued to their iPhone cameras. (Come on, everybody! Give teens more credit.) Luckily, there’s a video that will change the way you think of selfies. No, not that “But first, let me take a selfie” song which tends to reinforce those seemingly shallow stereotypes. Instead, this video was made by a now 21-year-old girl named Rebecca Brown.

Brown began taking pictures of herself way before “selfie” even made its way into the dictionary. She started in 2007 at age 14, and has continued for the past six-and-a-half years.


You’ll Think Twice About Sleeping By Your Phone After Reading This

Do you sleep with your phone next to your pillow? If so, you’re not alone. According to a Pew Internet and American Life study, 87 percent of teens sleep with their cell phones near them. Even though it seems like everybody’s doing it, that doesn’t mean it’s safe! In fact, the radiation may be harmful to your health.

Believe it or not, this discovery was first made by five ninth-grade girls in Denmark. They won a science competition with their findings!