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The Right to Resist Peer Pressure

If someone is pressuring you to do anything that’s not right or good for you, you have the right to resist. You have the right to say no, the right not to give a reason why and the right to just walk away from a situation. Resisting peer pressure can be difficult. With a little

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STD Rates Increase Nationwide

According to the California Department of Health, more than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis were reported in the state in 2017. Overall, the transmission rate of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis has spiked by a staggering 45 percent over the past five years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that STDs are rising across

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2018 Summer Slang

Slang is an integral part of growing up. A word or abbreviation can add significant meaning or emotion to a message or text. Slang helps teens define their connections, feel accepted and gain independence. Keeping up on teen slang and lingo may seem daunting; however, understanding the language teens communicate with verbally and through social media is

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13 Reasons Why: Season Two

Netflix recently released the second season of its original series, 13 Reasons Why, a show that quickly became a cultural phenomenon last summer. In the aftermath of Season One, parents and educators across the country learned that teens want to talk about the difficult issues addressed in the show. Producers say the show was originally created to encourage viewers to

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7 Facts Parents Need to Know About Sexting

  The video above, created by Covenant Eyes, offers seven facts that parents need to know about sexting among teens. Here are three additional tips for parents looking to talk to teens about sexting: 1. Never take images you would not want everyone to see. 2. If you forward a sexual picture of someone underage, you

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Teen Developed “Wet Lung” After Vaping

According to a case study published in the medical journal Pediatrics last Thursday, an 18-year-old developed hypersensitivity pneumonitis, also known as “wet lung”, after vaping for only three weeks. Dr. Casey Sommerfeld, one of the patient’s doctors and the lead author of the study, attributed the diagnosis to her use of e-cigarettes saying that the nicotine, flavorings, propylene glycol,

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Affection Cannot Be Bought

Pressuring someone to have sex is not saying “I love you.”  It is saying “I love me.” Sex is not leverage. Affection cannot be bought. It does not matter how much time someone has spent with you or how much money has been spent on extravagant dates. The four-course meal and dessert they purchased for

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Fairfax County Sex Education Policy Under Review

Parents in Fairfax County are continuing to protest newly proposed sex education policies. According to an article by Fox5, the new curriculum would expand lessons on the different types of contraception available to students, change curriculum language from “biological sex” to “sex assigned at birth” and would include education on PrEP, an HIV prevention drug not yet approved for individuals under

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Child of Divorce

In this video by Culture Project, a man explains what he wrestled with as a teenager following his parents divorce. The questions he struggled with were crippling and left him wondering if there was hope in his future marriage. This video describes the importance of finding a mentor and the implications of seeking out individuals who will help

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Is Kid-Friendly Technology Possible?

In a recent article, WORLD aims to answer the question “Can tech really be kid-friendly?” On Wednesday the Google-owned company, YouTube, announced that it would be adding a number of features to the app YouTube Kids allowing parents to have greater control over what their children are watching online. As of last week, parents can select certain channel

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