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Alive to Thrive: Preventing Teen Suicide

Teen suicide is a serious and troubling problem facing our country. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens in America. Focus on the Family recently published Alive to Thrive – A Guide to Preventing Teen Suicide, a program that explores the social, psychological and spiritual aspects of the epidemic. This resource, written by clinical

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Social Support Fosters Academic Achievement

Research suggests that parental involvement and supervision considerably advance children’s academic achievement. Support from family and friends also protects against bullying, which increases depressive symptoms and poor academic achievement, and promotes positive affect. Likewise, parents can assist their children in achieving academic success by regularly discussing academics at home, partnering in their child’s learning and advocating for their child.

Embracing an Attitude of Gratitude as a Family

Practicing gratitude is an essential attribute to enjoying the holiday season. According to psychologist and author Dr. Thomas Lickona, “Gratitude is the virtue of feeling and expressing thanks for benefits received. It’s been called ‘the secret of a happy life.'” In a recent article, Dr. Lickona explains that grateful people are healthier, more alert, sleep better, and have

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Monitoring Your Teenager’s Online Activity

There are many apps parents can use to monitor their teens social media activity and amount of time spent online. In addition to regular conversations about technology and online safety, using apps to monitor family technology use may help foster positive conversations between parents and teens. Parents may also find apps like Norton to be

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Helping to Manage Teen Stress & Anxiety

According to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researcher Dr. Michael Leahy found that “anxiety has increased so much that typical schoolchildren during the 1980’s reported more anxiety than child psychiatric patients did during the 1950’s.” Research from Dr. Jean Twenge released in 2017 showed that there has been a sharp

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Government Mandated Sex Education in Uganda

Parents in Kampala, Uganda began lamenting the effects of a new sex education program less than two months after it was introduced in schools. As a father of four, John Musisi shared with National Catholic Reporter (NCR)how government-mandated sex education courses in Catholic schools have harmed his 12-year-old son. According to the article, “Musisi is among thousands

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Study Debunks the Myth That E-Cigs Are Safer Than Cigarettes

A new study by the American Physiological Society significantly debunks the myth that e-cigarettes are safer than regular cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb says “E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous and dangerous trend among teens. The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we’re seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end. It’s simply not

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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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