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Helping children make successful transition to junior high

Moving on to junior high school can be exciting but nerve-racking for most children. It's a big transition with a lot of changes and new expectations. Use these suggestions to help guide your child through this challenging time...more


Decision-making skills key to surviving teen years

The one thing that sets the quality and ability of youth apart, more than anything else, are their decision-making skills. There are steps parents can take to help their teens make better decisions...more


Have you heard of the Net Generation?

Move over, baby boomers — the Net Generation is now the largest segment of the U.S. population...more


Teen pregnancy in the Latino community

Teen pregnancy is just one of the many possible consequences of risky adolescent behavior. In the Latino community, teen pregnancy rates are rising faster than the national average...more


Respecting privacy and maintaining trust when monitoring teens

As children become teenagers, parents may wonder what happened to the children who once shared information freely. Teens’ increased need for privacy and time alone does not necessarily mean they have something to hide, it just means they are passing into a new phase...more


Tips to respect and protect teens using the Internet

Although raising teenagers has always been a challenging part of parenting, it is now more different than it’s ever been. One of the biggest challenges parents of teens face today is all the technology that is available...more


Teens and Technology: Sexting

Sexting - text messages or images sent with cell phones and computers - is an alarming new trend among teenagers. Some teens consider sexting a harmless flirtation, but it’s becoming a serious problem...more


Helping your teenager be successful

Any parent or person who works with teenagers knows that adolescence can be a tough time. The Search Institute has created a list called “The 40 Developmental Assets,” which highlights strengths that helps teens grow to be healthy and responsible adults...more


Sexual Education for Teens with Disabilities

This article provides information about why teens are at risk for teen pregnancy and why teens with disabilities are at greater risk, as well as tips and resources on providing sexual education to teens with disabilities...more


Internet Survival Kit

Learn about the technology that your children are using, what they are using it for, and how you can keep them safe...more 


Which type of sex education is right for your teen?

Sex education has become a regular part of many schools’ curriculum. Starting as early as 6th grade, Sexual Education programs focus on forming attitudes and decision making skills about sex, relationships and intimacy, and some offer information on sexually transmitted diseases and preventing pregnancy. With more than 60% of high school students engaging in sexual activity by the time they graduate from high school, sexual education is clearly needed for adolescents...more


Teen Pregnancy Trends in Missouri

Much attention has been paid to the issue of teen pregnancy over the past fifteen years, with very good reason. Although the trend of unmarried births to teens has continually declined over the past decade, the need to get the message out that waiting until adulthood is best for all family members is still critical...more


Talking with teens about sex

Sexuality is just one area of significance in the life of a teen, but the decisions around this topic are great enough in scope that they could alter the journey into adulthood tremendously...more


What can parents do to keep connection with their teens

Adolescence is a time filled with many changes for a family. A typical teen deals with issues of identity formation by spending much of his or her time moving away from mom and dad, emotionally and physically. It is also during adolescence that teenagers begin to make important life choices. Research shows that the best choices are made when parents are able to create an environment that allows freedom for decision making while keeping a close connection with the adolescent...more


Teen dating violence

Several studies have found that about 20-30% of teens have experienced physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship. When verbal and emotional violence are included, percentages are much higher. Rates of teen dating violence in gay and lesbian relationships are similar to rates in heterosexual dating relationships. Teen dating violence occurs in all ethnic groups and at all economic levels. Teens who experience dating violence are at risk for problems including substance abuse, unhealthy weight control (such as using laxatives), pregnancy, risky sexual behavior, sexually transmitted diseases, hopelessness, self-harming behaviors, suicide and homicide...more


“Good girls don’t, but I do.”

CDC study finds sexual activity among Missouri teens rising
According to a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 52 percent of Missouri teens in grades 9-12 and 68 percent of high school seniors reported being sexually active in 2003. The U.S. rate for high school students is 47 percent and 61 percent for seniors. ...more


Genital Herpes

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report suggests that adolescent herpes infections may be declining. Despite a decline, however, the report also notes that more than one in six people aged 14 to 49 in the U.S. are infected with herpes...more


Tattoo or Not to…

During the spring and summer, it's almost impossible to walk through a mall for more than a couple minutes without spotting people of all ages with tattoos. In the United States tattoos have steadily gained popularity as a fashion trend in the last decade - a trend that shows little signs of slowing down...more


Do Violent Video Games Result in More Aggressive Teens?

...Studying the effects of violent video games on teens is a relatively new idea that began in 1984. Since that time, few studies have found that violent video games result in violent teens. However, parents need to pay close attention to their teens and watch for signs that video games are taking the place of other healthy activities...more


How Can I Keep My Teenage Daughter From Smoking?

Teenage girls are becoming smokers at higher rates than teenage boys. Several studies have shown that about 30% of teenage girls smoke, compared to 22% of boys. Girls tend to ignore the health risks that go along with smoking and to exaggerate the number of friends who also smoke. Girls say that they smoke to appear older and to appear more confident. Girls who smoke may also start drinking earlier.Parents can help keep their teenage daughters from smoking by...more

What Can Schools Do to Prevent Teen Pregnancy?

Public schools serve over 50 million children in this country and can serve as important parts of a comprehensive approach to preventing teen pregnancy in four ways....more

Positive outcomes of teen journaling

Journaling has been shown to help children who have been sexually abused; who have grown up in families where the parents have serious mental illness, such as depression; and who have experienced poverty and disadvantaged backgrounds. It has been shown to be a beneficial tool for individuals suffering from posttraumatic stress, panic attacks, eating disorders, insomnia, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis....more

Why Do Some Teens Remain Virgins and Some Become Sexually Active?

In 2001, Lynn Pike and colleagues at the University of Missouri completed a federal grant in which they surveyed the same 1,112 teenagers in Missouri six times over four years and Dr. Pike believes that the findings are important for parents, educators, and other researchers....more


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