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6 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 boys correct Trump in viral photo, saying sexual assault is not 'locker room banter'

"As an athlete I spend a lot of time in the locker room, and I'm around plenty of other athletes, and we definitely don't talk in a way that could degrade women," 17-year-old Rhys Atkinson said in response to Trump's crude comments that were excused as "locker room banter." Atkinson and five fellow high school athletes from Centennial High School in Gresham, Oregon, recently received praise when a photo of the group standing in their locker room wearing t-shirts with the phrase "Wild Feminist" went viral. The caption: "Sexual assault is not locker room banter." 

2. This election is a 'total mess' when it comes to teaching political topics in the classroom

"Honestly, I just can't wait until it's over," said Mr. Wathke, a seventh-grade teacher at DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, about the upcoming election. Many aspects of the campaign that Mr. Wathke would like to teach on, including political ads and campaign cartoons, are just too risque to bring up in the classroom. One of Mr. Wathke's students, 12-year-old Connor Felton, weighed in on the election, saying, "I think if you repeat some stuff that Trump says, you could get sent down to the principal's office. Maybe even expelled." These issues can be tough, but taking advantage of our Teaching Tough Topics guide can help you bring the election to the classroom!

3. High schools are being open about drug addiction in order to prevent it

Heroin use among high school students has declined over the past few years, but use in young adults ages 18-25 has doubled since 2002. Educators at John Marshall High School in Glen Dale, West Virginia, located in a state with the highest number of drug overdose-related deaths, are realizing that preventing addiction starts in high school, so they created the Marshall County Drug Free Club. The goal is to be open about drug use and get students involved in standing against substance abuse. Parents are encouraged to reinforce these messages at home. This month, our "Heroin Took Over Our Town" story discusses the heroin epidemic through stories of real teens affected by substance abuse. Our Teaching Tough Topics guide can help you bring the issue to the classroom.

4. The Crisis Text Line released important data concerning bullying, that everyone should be aware of

Bullying is an important issue, especially for teens, and almost 15% of high school students report that they have been bullied in the past year. The Crisis Text Line released results that bullying is reported most during school lunch breaks and before bed. Bullying spikes on Wednesdays and Thursdays and cyberbullying is prominent on Sundays. They also found there is an 110% increase in suicide risk associated with cyberbullying.

5. Parents may have more power than they think when it comes to preventing teen pregnancy

A recent survey released by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy suggests that teens ages 12-17 are most influenced by their parents when it comes to sex decision. Parental influence wanes as teens get older, but parents are still second to friends when it comes to sexual influence in young adults ages 18-24.  

6. Who are the most influential teens of 2016?

Time released their annual list of the most influential, changemaking teens of 2016. Teens featured on the list include "Stranger Things" actor Gaten Matarazzo, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, the first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama, and more.

 

 

 
 
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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!

 

New data from the federal road regulators reveal a 10 percent increase in teen driving deaths

The results show that teens are one-and-a-half times more likely than adults to be involved in a deadly crash. The most common driving mistake teens make is speeding, followed by distracted driving practices, like texting and using Snapchat. Our recent story, "Danger Behind the Wheel," discusses the importance of safe driving for teens, encouraging teens to commit to distraction-free driving by taking our Power Passenger Pledge. Driver safety can be a sensitive one to discuss in the classroom, but we've compiled some resources to make approaching this weighty topic easier, all in time for National Teen Driver Safety Week next week.

 

More than 62 million girls around the world are not getting the classroom education they deserve, and Michelle Obama wants that to change

Tuesday was International Day of the Girl, and in perfect timing, Michelle Obama wrote a piece for CNN discussing the importance of global education for girls. Mrs. Obama discussed the fact that many girls around the world don't have a voice and are not able to get the education that all girls deserve. She encouraged all to visit her initiative, Let Girls Learn, and to watch the new CNN film, "We Will Rise," starring Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, that was released this week.

 

Teens have more growing pains in their brains than they do in their bodies

It's no news that teens tend to have crazy spontaneity and raging emotions. The question becomes, why? The teen brain changes rapidly, with nerve cells growing at rates four to five times faster than those of adults. This affects teens' rationality and increases reward-seeking behavior. This also means that teens have tremendous, flexible brain power.

 

8 anti-bullying resources for the classroom

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and these resources, apps, and tools will help you keep a bully-free classroom. Apps like The BullyBox, which was created by a teen, empower students to have a voice by allowing them to anonymously report bullying incidents and stand up for their peers.

 

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10/7/2016: Articles You Need to Read This Week

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Some Teens Check Their Phones 10 Times Every Night
A poll by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference revealed that 45% of children and teens check their phones when they should be sleeping. One in 10 of the children polled check their phones 10 times a night.

Teens' Penchant For Risk-Taking May Help Them Learn Faster
The risk-taking nature of teens is often thought of as a negative characteristic. A recent study done by Harvard researchers found that the reward-seeking behavior of teens can help them learn faster than adults. 

Education's Key Place in the Upcoming Election
It's easy to forget that the upcoming election doesn't only concern Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. K-12 education is an issue in state-level elections in many states, and the recently revised Every Student Succeeds Act gives states a bigger hand in controlling education, making the upcoming election even more important when it comes to teens' education.

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9/30/16: 4 Articles You Need to Read This Week

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Teaching Teenagers to Cope With Social Stress
New research suggests that teens can be taught effective coping skills to skirt the pitfalls of anxiety and depression.

Teen Birth Rates in the U.S. Hit Another Record Low
For the seventh year in a row, the American teen birth rate hit a record low in 2015, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Better Awareness Appears to be Driving 71% Increase in Teen Concussion Diagnoses
A new study of Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies' claims data says concussion diagnoses are rising significantly.

Fit Classrooms Keeping Students From Sitting Still, Increasing Their Focus
These fit classrooms feature equipment like swivel desks, strider desks, foot rockers, and bouncy bands to keep kids moving and learning.

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9/23/16: 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!

Can Teenage Defiance Be Manipulated For Good?
What if adolescent defiance is not a demon to be exorcised, but a power to be harnessed?

The College Application Advice I Wish Someone Had Given Me
What teens and their families really need to know to make the best decisions about college

Why Students Who Do Well in High School Often Bomb in College
There may be an explanation for why students with good high school grades either "dive or thrive" when they go on to college.

9/16/16: 4 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you're busy—thats 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!

For Kids, Anxiety About School Can Feel Like 'Being Chased By A Lion'
For some kids out there, like 16-year-old Jared, anxiety is such a debilitating condition that they may not even make it to school.

The New Classroom Outsiders
Last year in Boise, Idaho, 1,300 of the city's 26,000 students were refugees. These students long to find their places, but face challenges that most teens don't have to consider.

When a Bully Targets Your Child
It's usually hard for a child to talk about being bullied. By being comforting, calm, and encouraging discussion, adults can help make a plan to stop the bullying.

One Out of Five Children Have Mental Illness, and Schools Often Don't Help
Of the one in five students, half of them drop out of high school, in part because schools don't manage to meet their needs.

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9/9/16: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week

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The Long-Term Consequences of Missing School
A new analysis of federal data shows that missing just two days a month of school for any reason exposes kids to a cascade of academic setbacks, from lower reading and math scores in the third grade to higher risks of dropping out of high school.

Awesome New Apps to Start the School Year Strong
It's back to school and back-to-the-mayhem for families everywhere. Here are a handful of apps to help out with just about everything.

How Failure and Solving Real Problems Helps This School Thrive
Collaboration, critical thinking, and innovation fuel this STEM school in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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9/2/16: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week

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Baby Simulators Not Effective in Preventing Pregnancy, Study Says
Girls who went through baby simulator programs were more likely to become pregnant or have an abortion, according to a study published in the journal Lancet.
 

Mental Health in Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions of Students
Nearly 80 percent of children who need mental health services won't get them.
 

High Schoolers Can't Bank on Their Knowledge of Money Matters
Even as many young people are about to start their first jobs, some often don't know basic money skills, such as understanding the terms of a credit card or the differences between checking and savings accounts.

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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!

Parenting (and Shaming) Teens in the Age of Social Media
Parenting teenagers in the age of social media may be the hardest feat modern parents have to accomplish. Our teens are ruled by impulsivity and daring, a combination which does not combine well with public forums that create a public record of every decision.

How to Talk to Your Teen About Weight: Don't
The American Academy of Pediatrics just released a new guide for talking to teens about their weight, and the main takeaway is pretty simple: Don't. The focus should be on a healthy lifestyle, rather than on weight, according to the report.

It's 2016—Stop Underestimating Teens
They're growing up faster than ever because of the internet. One teen makes the case for why his generation is just getting started.

Mermaid Thighs are the New Body-Positive Trend to Know About
Goodbye, thigh gap! Meet #MermaidThighs, a hashtag spawned by confident women with thighs that actually touch.

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4 Health 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!
 

Appeal to Teens' Vanity to Get Them to Eat Better
Teenagers consume healthier food when they're reminded that it improves their appearance and personality, rather than it is good for them.
 

Virtual Reality Driving Game Teaches Autistic Teens
New technology could make it easier than ever for kids with autism to learn the rules of the road.
 

Here's Why More U.S. Teens May Be Facing Depression
There's been an uptick in the percentage of American teens who are having episodes of depression, a new report finds.
 

When 'Normal Teen' Stuff is a Warning Sign of Illness
When Stacey Crescitelli's son Henry began growing at a fast pace, sleeping more, and thinning out, she assumed it was just part of being a typical teen. But it turned out his body was actually fighting something more sinister than hormones: Type 1 diabetes.