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1/20/17: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you're busy--that's why we're keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles about teen health that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed!

 

1. Teens are interrupting their sleep to check social media

Teens' excessive social media use isn't anything new, but now a recent report has found that many are also waking up in the middle of the night to check likes and read posts. About one-fifth of the 480 Welsh teens surveyed admitted to this. Of course, social media can be used for good, but when it becomes an inhibitor of things like sleep and school, it's definitely an issue that needs to be discussed.

 

Since the 1990s, Iceland has been working on a program to use extracurricular activities -- like dancing, skating, soccer, and playing music -- to keep teens from abusing substances. The results of this initiative, called Youth in Iceland, are almost unbelievable. In the first few years of the program, 23 percent of 14 to 16 year olds were smoking daily, and 42 percent had been drunk in the past month. In 2012, only 3 percent of teens smoked daily, and only 5 percent had been drunk in the past month.

For more information on teaching the dangers of substance abuse, be sure to check out out our stories "Heroin Took Over Our Town," "We Used to Be Drug Addicts," and "The Danger of Just One Drink."

 

3. Some lawmakers say a "training wage" may help teens get employed

In Washington state, the recent minimum wage increase may be a good thing for teens -- if they can even get hired, that is. A higher minimum wage also means more employer risk, which makes it difficult for inexperienced teens to land a job. That's why lawmakers are proposing a training wage for teens -- a rate around 85% of the minimum wage -- to encourage businesses to hire younger employees.

 

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