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Even in the Shower, the Temptation to Text Is Too Great

Have you ever been surprised to see your teen texting during an inappropriate time, such as at a religious procession or while driving? Turns out, they’re not trying to be rude or put themselves in danger. According to a new study, they just can’t help it.

Researchers at Penn State University asked 152 college aged students to fill out a 70-question survey on their texting habits and attitudes toward texting in various situations.

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This Popular Trick To Keep Teens from Drinking May Backfire

Have you ever let your kid try a sip of your wine or beer? It’s seemingly harmless, right? A new study shows that kids who sample their parent’s alcohol may be more likely to binge drink when they’re older.

Researchers surveyed 561 students periodically over three years. Students who sipped their parent’s alcoholic drinks by sixth grade were five times more likely to drink a full alcoholic beverage by the time they were in their first semester of high school than their peers. They were four times more likely to get drunk or binge drink.

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This Healthy Eating Trick Isn’t Always Best For Teens

Drink a cold glass of water before each meal. Eat a big, nutritious breakfast. Keep a food journal. Use smaller plates. We’ve all heard the tips and tricks to help you change your eating habits, but do they really work? A new study shows that at least one doesn’t, particularly for overweight teens.

Researchers at the University of Connecticut tested how attentive teen girls were to portion sizes and quizzed them about their perception of the amount of food on different sized plates. There were 162 girls ages 14 to 18 involved in the study. The researchers found that overweight teenage girls were less attentive, on average, to these visual cues of different types than their peers.

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The Surprising Fact About Teens in the Workforce

Is your teen having trouble landing that job interview they’ve been hoping for? Has he or she found it difficult to even find job openings they’d be interested in? If so, they’re not alone.

A recent study shows that the number of jobs held by teens shrank by 33 percent between 2001 and 2014. Even positions you’d expect teens to hold like a hostess at a restaurant or a counter attendant at your local coffee shop saw a decline in teenage workers.

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Are Parents Doing Enough To Protect Teen Athletes From Overuse Injuries?

Did you know that overuse injuries make up half of all teen sports injuries? That’s a huge amount. Overuse injuries are injuries that occur from a repeated activity over time, such as throwing a baseball And according to a new study, a majority of parents don’t know ways youth baseball pitchers can prevent getting injured. Being familiar with safe pitching practices could be an important step in avoiding these kinds of injuries.

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Want to Help Fight Depression? Plant Sunflowers

Depression is more common in teens than you may think. It’s also heavily stigmatized which can prevent those who suffer from depression to not get the help they need.

The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression, or iFred, aims to change this by shining a positive light on depression and eliminating stigmas associated with the disease through prevention, research and education. On May 2nd, you can join the effort by participating in their Global Day for Hope.

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4 True Stories To Watch With Your Teens

Many teens may automatically label documentaries as “boring.” Let’s face it: They’ve probably been forced to watch old videos of World War I or the life cycle of plants in class. In a warm room with the lights off, it’d be hard not to fall asleep.

But not all documentaries are a total snooze fest. After all, documentaries are intended to show real aspects of everyday life and your teen’s life is anything but boring.

We’ve rounded up four documentaries that teens can relate to.

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This May Be the Best Way to Get Teens to Stay Sober

Trying to get your teens to beat peer pressure and stay sober can be a daunting task. What’s the best way to talk to them about passing up on a Solo cup at a party? Most campaigns against drinking focus on the negative effects of drinking, but there may be a much more effective approach.

A new study suggests that pointing out the benefits of staying sober and providing strategies for doing so under pressure is more effective than the traditional method of warning against the dangers of alcohol consumption.

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The Elephant in the Room

Two years ago, I was in Charlotte, North Carolina for the national convention of Health and PE teachers. I attended workshops on alcohol and drug prevention, nutrition, physical fitness, mental health, sex ed, you name it. Basically, it was a health teacher’s dream… especially for a curriculum dork like me.

The last session I attended was presented by a peer-based sex ed group, and while I was impressed with what they were doing, I still felt like there was something missing. So when they asked if anybody had any questions, I couldn’t help but pose one to the room.

When are we going to talk about porn?

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Favoritism Among Siblings Can Lead To Drug Use, Study Says

While parents claim to not play favorites, sometimes siblings feel like their older brother or younger sister gets more attention. Whether that kid always gets praise for good grades or scoring the winning basket, an uneven amount of parental affection sometimes happens — and that kind of dynamic may do more than just hurt feelings. According to a new study, teens who felt less favored by their parents were more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or use drugs.

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