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7/14/17: 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. Traditional bullying is still more prominent than cyberbullying

A recent study in England reported that even amidst the growth of social media, less than 1 percent of regularly bullied teens report being cyberbullied, while 27 percent report experiencing traditional bullying. Overall, 30 percent of teens reported regular bullying over a span of two months. "Despite common perceptions and the growth of the online world for teenagers, our study finds that cyberbullying, on its own, is relatively rare, with face-to-face bullying remaining most common among teenagers," says lead author Andrew Przybylski.

 

2. Snapchat's new "Snap Map" poses dangers to teens

The app's new "Snap Map" location feature, unveiled June 21, allows anyone who is friends with a user to see their location on a map. According to Snapchat's parent guide, "Snapchatters can enable Ghost Mode in their settings at any time, which will cause them to disappear from the map within seconds."

 

3. Teen girl electrocuted while holding a cellphone in the bath

Madison Coe, 14, of Lubbock, Texas, was electrocuted when using her smartphone in the bathtub. Her grandmother said it appeared that she either was plugging her phone in or had started using it while it was charging.

 

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7/7/2017: 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. 50 percent of teens report feeling addicted to their phones

A recent study in the journal Child Development is the first to prove there's a link between teen screen time and mental health. The study linked nighttime screen time to an increase in anxiety and depression and a decrease in self esteem. 

 

2. Ethnic diversity benefits students in middle school

A new study of 4,302 sixth-graders around Los Angeles found that ethnic diversity makes middle schools more welcoming. The study found that the more diverse a school was, the more likely all students "reported feeling safer in school, less lonely, and less likely to be victimized."

 

3. Every senior at this low-income high school was accepted to college

For the first time in it's history, Ballou High School in Washington D.C. had a college-acceptance rate of 100 percent. Last year, only three percent of students met the city's English standards, none of them passed math, and the graduation rate was only 57 percent. 

 

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6/30/2017: 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 who report being bullied are more likely to have gun access

A new study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that teens who report being bullied are three times more likely than teens who haven't been bullied to report ability to access a gun. The study surveyed more than 10,000 teens, asking about past bullying, and if they would have access to a loaded gun without the permission of an adult. The study found that 19 percent of teens suffer traditional bullying, two percent suffer cyberbullying, and six percent report both. Of the teens that reported both forms of bullying, 15 percent had access to a loaded gun.

 

2. The presence of a smartphone in a room can reduce brain power

A new study found that just having a smartphone in the same room "reduces available cognitive capacity and impairs cognitive functioning." The study leaders said your subconscious mind may not be thinking about the phone, but it's the brain power to not think about the phone that uses your cognitive capacity. This study didn't look at teens in particular, but may be an interesting one to share with teens to get them thinking.

 

3. Teens fight back after historical sign is defaced

A landmark sign in Mississippi, commemorating the death of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy killed in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman, has been defaced. In response, students from a St. Louis non-profit that teaches civil rights leadership decided to cover the vandalized sign with messages of hope. They posted retellings of Till's story, drawings of him, and other messages, to show that history can't be erased, even if a sign is destroyed.

 

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6/23/17: 4 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 just as sedentary as 60-year-olds

According to a new study published in Preventative Medicine, 19-year-olds are just as sedentary as 60-year-olds. The World Health Organization states that kids and teens should get about an hour of moderate to vigorous activity each day, but the study found that 50 percent of teen boys and 75 percent of teen girls did not meet that recommendation.

 

2. No, teens don't hate you. It's just summer.

Teens often seem removed and distant, but this shouldn't be taken personally—it could be a sign of a healthy teen, experts say. That's because teens need alone time as they experience psychological changes and develop independence.

 

3. These teens are competing to remember.

In Hershey, Pennsylvania, a group of teens just won first place in an interesting sport: memorization. They studied in chaotic, loud environments, like amusement parks, so they'd be ready for the USA Memory Championships. Their teacher mentioned that since training began, the teens' test scores and GPA have noticeably improved. 

 

4. Out of high school, into real life

For many teens, graduating from high school doesn't mean going straight to college. In fact, this year nearly 30 percent of American teens will head straight into the workforce. Some teens profiled are headed to the Marines, to work in family businesses, or to become welders—and they're all dreaming big.

 

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6/16/17: 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. Teen e-cigarette use has dropped for the first time

In 2015, 3 million teens were smoking e-cigarettes, but the number dropped to 2.2 million in 2016, according to a CDC report. Experts say this decrease could be related to more restrictions on underage buying, as well as a national campaign to reduce teen e-cigarette use. 

 

2. Teens are using fewer drugs, but overall, they're more depressed

Teens are using fewer illegal and controlled substances—like marijuana, alcohol, and cigarettes—but the rates of misuse of pain medicines like hydrocodone and oxycodone are still increasing. In addition, rates of depression have been steadily rising, with 20 percent of teen girls reporting a major depressive episode in the past year, compared to 12 percent in 2011.

 

3. McDonald's is hiring teens on Snapchat

The fast food giant is asking teens to send in a 10-second Snapchat video or "Snaplication" to apply for a position. According to Teen Vogue, this move makes sense as more than half of McDonald's employees fall within the 16 to 24 age range.

 

 

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6/9/17: 4 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. 1 in 5 teens with an eating disorder seek treatment

A recent study published in Contemporary Pediatrics found that only 20 percent of teens with an eating disorder seek medical treatment. Experts believe this could be because many teens don't know they have an eating disorder, as current dieting trends can make it seem like the way they're eating is completely normal.

Ready to tackle eating disorders in class? Our story, This Football Player Had a Secret Eating Disorder, is a good place to start. 

 

2. After Harvard rescinded at least 10 acceptance letters, it's time to think about the secret social media lives of teens

Earlier this week, Harvard University rescinded the acceptances of at least 10 incoming freshman for sharing racist and offensive memes and images in a private social media group on Facebook. Teen impulsive social media behavior can be explained by science: It's all because of an underdeveloped prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that regulates behavior and judgment. 

 

3. Teen girls invent a drinking straw to detect date-rape drugs

Three Miami teens have invented the Smart Straw, which detects beverages spiked with common odorless and tasteless date rape drugs like Rohypnol, GHB, or Ketamine. The teens plan to start a crowdfunding campaign soon so their straws can be manufactured and sold. 

 

4. What happened to the teen summer job?

Despite a better unemployment rate overall, fewer teens are entering the workforce. Experts say this is because academic intuition is taking the lead—teens realize they can study more and take summer classes, making them more likely to earn a college scholarship. Plus, many teens may be working unpaid internships instead.

 

 

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6/2/17: 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. Michigan high schoolers create '13 Reasons Why Not' radio show

Students at Oxford High School have put together 13 stories of teens who have overcome their struggles with depression and suicide. On the radio show, students discuss dealing with challenges like bullying and bad relationships, and how friends helped them through.

 

2. Depression rates among teens, especially girls, is worse than previously thought

A study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry found that by age 17, 36 percent of girls and 14 percent of boys are depressed. Researchers have long known that there's a gender gap in depression among adults, but this study confirms that the gap persists among teens too, and starts at a younger age than previously thought. 

 

3. Teen pregnancy rates are at a historic low

From 2013 to 2014, the teen birth rate declined by nine percent, with the rate of births in 2014 at 24 births per 1,000 women. Researchers say this could be because being pregnant is not as socially acceptable among teens, and because teens have greater access to long-lasting birth control methods.

 

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5/26/17: 5 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. All over the world, teens lack financial literacy

In a recent survey which assessed 48,000 15-year-olds from 15 countries, only 12 percent of students were above the suggested proficiency for their age. The study also found that while 56 percent of 15-year-olds have a bank account, two-thirds of them can't understand a bank statement.

Want to test your students? They can take some of the same questions from the assessment here. And for more teaching resources, be sure to check out Choices' financial literacy content

 

2. Binge drinking is less common in this generation of teens

From 2007 to 2015, just 2.6 percent of 13-year-olds were binge drinkers—that's almost 50 percent less than the number who reported binge drinking from 1991 to 1998. But not all teen alcohol statistics are improving. From 1991 to 1998, girls were 42 percent less likely than boys to binge drink, but from 2007 to 2015, the gap started evening out, with girls being only 29 percent less likely to binge drink. 

Are you ready to teach about the dangers of alcohol? The story of Shelby Allen, a teen who died from alcohol poisoning after one night of binge drinking, will help teens understand the deadly dangers of alcohol consumption.

 

3. The science of adolescent sleep:

Teens often want to sleep in later and go to bed later than adults. Experts say this is because teens don't reach the level of drowsiness that adults and children reach until later in the day, and this, coupled with early school start times, can really affect teens' lives. When adolescence hits, teens are experiencing rapid growth and brain development, which requires rest. At the same stage of life, there's an increase in depression rates and driving accidents. Experts say that it all goes back to sleep, and suggest that making school start times 8:30 or later could help teen health overall.

Keep an eye out for our brilliant non-fiction feature on teen sleep coming in September!

 

4. Teens in large cities are more prone to psychotic episodes

Recent research published in the Schizophrenia Bulletin found that teens raised in larger cities in England and Wales were 40 percent more likely to experience psychotic episodes than teens raised in smaller cities. Out of all adolescents surveyed, 34 percent of those in urban settings reported having a psychotic experience, while 24 percent of those in rural settings reported an episode. The researchers suggest that teens in urban settings may have a heightened biological response to stress, which could lead to increased psychotic episodes.

 

5. Memorial Day begins the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers

According to the National Safety Council, Memorial Day is the start of the most dangerous time for teen drivers to be on the road. That's because during the summer months, teens have more time to be on the road, and they are often driving with friends in the car, are more likely to speed, and more likely to be out on roads later. A survey, conducted by Liberty Mutual and Students Against Drunk Driving, found that a quarter of teen accidents are related to texting, and that parents are not a good example—a third of teens have asked their parents to put their phones away on the road.

If you're thinking of combating teen driver safety before the school year ends, have them read Danger Behind the Wheel.

 

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5/19/2017: 4 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. Futuristic nap pods are helping teens get the rest they need

Hannah Vanderkooy, an 18-year-old student, often uses her school's nap pod when she's tired and overwhelmed. This pod, shaped like a combination of an spaceship and an egg, provides darkness and gentle music, to help teens take a power nap during school. This innovation comes at a time when teens are more stressed out than ever, with 69 percent not getting the recommended nine to ten hours of sleep each night.

 

2. 1.2 million teens die each year from mostly preventable causes

An international report released by the World Health Organization suggests we could be doing more to prevent adolescent deaths. For teen girls ages 15 to 19, the highest causes of death are attributed to maternal issues (having to do with poor care during pregnancy) and self-harm. For teen boys, the leading causes of death were road injuries and interpersonal conflicts.

 

3. Soccer is rated highest for boosting girls' confidence levels

A European study found that girls who play soccer are more confident than girls who don't play a sport. Even more telling? Girls playing soccer demonstrated higher levels of self-assuredness than girls involved in other sports. 

 

4. Misogyny and harassment are rampant among teens

A report published by Harvard University's Making Caring Happen project found that teens don't know how to form caring and lasting relationships. They also aren't getting the guidance they need from parents and other adults. In fact, 65 percent reported wanting "guidance on some emotional aspect of romantic relationships in a health or sex education class at school." The full report can be viewed here.

 

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5/12/17: 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. Over the past decade, the rate of suicide-related teen hospitalizations has doubled

A new study of kids ages 5 to 17 revealed that the percentage of youth diagnosed with “suicidality and serious self-harm” has doubled since 2008. The researchers said they aren't sure exactly where the cause of the problem lies, but they expect cyberbullying could be a factor. 

 

2. A New York art program offers alternative to incarceration for criminal teens

Five years ago, Rachel Barnard saw a problem of 16- and 17-year-olds being arrested for things like turnstile jumping and carrying small amounts of marijuana. She created Alternative Diversion, a program designed to help these teens get back on their feet.

 

3. Bullied teens are more likely to smoke, drink, and do drugs

A long-term study suggests that teens who were bullied at a young age are more likely to abuse substances in effort to calm adverse emotions and quell the pain of bullying.

 

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