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Sextortion Among Adolescents

A research article published in late September outlined just how significant the issue of sextortion is among young people in the United States. According to the article, “Sextortion is the threatened dissemination of explicit, intimate, or embarrassing images of a sexual nature without consent, usually for the purpose of procuring additional images, sexual acts, money, or something else.”

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Comprehensive Sex Education Fails to Serve America’s Youth

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), a national organization of child and adolescent physicians and health professionals, observes that most comprehensive sex education (CSE) programs offered in schools have not been effective at increasing long-term sexual abstinence in young people. Instead, the ACPeds reports that CSE curricula operates on the premise that sexual activity for teens is normal

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What Teens Are Watching This Fall

As fall TV season begins this month, Axis makes note of two new releases that are gaining popularity among teenagers. First, the third season of the show Riverdale begins airing on the CW this week. Although the series is based on the Archie comics, the show does not reflect the characteristics of the comic as it regularly uses sex, sensationalism, drama

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Working With Students is Noble and Admirable

Working With Students is Noble and Admirable While teaching a workshop for high school and collegiate administrators, deans and principals, author and speaker Tim Elmore posed the question “What changes do you plan to make this school year?” While passing through the discussion groups he heard one administrator say to his colleagues “I’m just biding

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Creating a Family Media Plan

In a world where children are “growing up digital,” it’s important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help families manage the ever-changing digital landscape: Set screen time limits and encourage

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Teen Privacy: Where to Begin

From a locked diary a generation ago to private social media activity on today’s smartphones, parents and teens continue to face the same tension between privacy and protection, between freedom and accountability. Is it ever ok to invade my teen’s privacy? How do I keep tabs on their online activity while still giving them an

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What is School Surveillance Software?

Children returning to school this year are more likely than ever to be given an electronic device such as a laptop or tablet. While the Children’s Internet Protection Act requires pubic schools to filter inappropriate content, some administrators want to do more to protect students. Increased rates of online bullying and teen suicide have prompted

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Addressing Teen Sleep Deprivation

With a new school year underway, many schools are addressing sleep deprivation in the classroom. According to the Child Mind Institute, biology, technology and societal expectations, combined with homework and extracurricular activities, create a perfect storm for chronic sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can negatively affect a teens mood, as well as their ability to think, react, regulate their emotions,

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How “Fear of Missing Out” (FoMO) Affects Time Behind the Wheel

Many have heard the phrase coined among today’s teenagers, “Fear of Missing Out” (FoMO). While most perceive it as a harmless mantra for today’s hyper-connected youth, a study released by Liberty Mutual Insurance revealed that the pressures of this “always-on” lifestyle have manifested in potentially deadly consequences behind the wheel. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, cell phone use while

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Studying Teens and Technology

The Pew Research Center published five new findings on how teens use technology. According to the Culture Translator created by Axis, the study’s findings provided eye-opening research. In the study, 85% of teens say they use YouTube compared to only 51% who still access Facebook. This is why Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire recently launched a Youth Portal to bring back this coveted demographic. More importantly,

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