3/9/17: 4 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you must be 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. Hearing loss happens to teens too

Most people associate hearing loss with the elderly, but recent research shows that this phenomenon is more common in teens and young adults than previously thought. The findings reveal that anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of teens may have mild hearing loss, likely due to the use of ear buds and other hearing devices. Doctors suggest that teens use the 60/60 rule: When listening to a device, never turn the volume above 60 percent, and try to take a break from the sound every 60 minutes. 

For more information on teen hearing loss, check out this story from our archives: Hear This!


2. This dad has the perfect plan to save his teens from peer pressure

Bert Fulks, a West Virginia dad, has a plan. Whenever his kids feel peer pressure, no matter what, they text their dad an "X." In response, he calls them and says something has come up and he has to pick them up. This allows his kids to tell the people pressuring them that there's an emergency situation at home and they have to leave. Within a few minutes, he'll be there to pick them up with no judgment. Fulks calls it the "X-Plan" and hopes it will serve as a "lifeline" to his kids when they are in uncomfortable situations. 


3. Teens are innate risk-takers, but what really matters is self-control

According to a new international study, teen riskiness peaks at age 19, but self-regulation lags a little behind, not leveling off until age 23 or 24. This disparity confirms that teens tend to take risks, but suggests that "just because something is rooted in biology doesn't mean that it's not malleable and that there's nothing we can do about it," says study leader Dr. Steinberg. Dr. Steinberg believes that in those countries where teens took less risk-taking behavior, teens have been taught more self-control from a younger age, and grow up with more structure and less free time.

For more information on the teen brain and risk-taking behavior, be sure to read A User's Guide to Your Raging Brain. You can also teach the story to teens using our mood-tracking activity.


4. Even technologically advanced teens have trouble spotting fake news

A recent survey, conducted by Common Sense Media, surveyed more that 800 kids and teens ages 10-18 regarding their news consumption habits. The findings suggest that most teens value the news, and 50 percent believe that keeping up with news will empower them to make a difference. Where fake news is involved, 44 percent believe they can point out what's fake, while 31 percent admitted to unknowingly sharing fake news articles on social media. In addition, the majority of youth feel they aren't being adequately represented in the news and are also keen to point out both racial and gender bias.

Keep an eye on our forthcoming May issue, which will feature a compelling feature on fake news!


For more Teens in the News, check out our past updates: 




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