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American Children ‘Immersed in a Culture of Disrespect’

By Annie Holmquist Courtesy of Intellectual Takeout Let’s face it. Almost every child has likely had some type of meltdown in public, causing great embarrassment to both the child’s parent and to other witnesses in the vicinity. But while such disrespectful behavior is embarrassing at age two, it’s downright horrifying the older a child gets. Dr. Leonard Sax recently experienced one of these horrifying displays of disrespect in his medical practice. He describes the scenario in a recent edition of The Wall Street Journal: “Kyle was absorbed in a videogame on his cellphone, so I asked his mom, ‘How long [...]

2019-10-31T17:43:02+00:00October 31st, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

Social Media Use, Depression, & Self-Harm Among Youth

By Timothy Oblad Courtesy of Institute of Family Studies In 2016, Natalie Natividad was an 8th grader at Hebbronville Middle in South Texas. After repeated bullying at school and online over the course of a year, she tragically took her own life. This was especially impactful to the local community as they were just recovering from the news of a nearby high school student who also made a similar suicide attempt because of depression from bullying (although this young woman survived). Cases such as these are difficult to face, but the growing number of individuals struggling with depression and bullying from peers [...]

2019-10-23T23:47:05+00:00October 23rd, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

STUDY: Uncommitted Sex –> More Marital Failure

A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that engaging in uncommitted sex while single increases the likelihood of failure in a future marriage. Researchers found that when one or both spouses displayed behaviors making them more likely to engage in one-time sexual encounters and sex outside of marriage, they were less satisfied at the start of the marriage. One or both spouses were then found to have experienced a rapid decline in satisfaction over the first several years of marriage, ultimately predicting divorce. The researchers state, "strong motives to pursue uncommitted sex may interfere with marital success." [...]

2019-10-16T16:56:02+00:00October 13th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

HYPE or REALITY? The demise of guys: Stanford professor claims video games and online porn will lead to the extinction of men

Here at Free Teens USA, we are having a debate about whether a Stanford professor is exaggerating the downsides of excessive time spent on video games and online porn (we DO agree that pornography can be both ADDICTIVE and DAMAGING to healthy male/female relationships) or to take his warning seriously. We’d like to ask YOUR opinion. Do you think playing video games is a healthy diversion for (mostly) guys or a potential sinkhole to avoid? Let us know what you think! The demise of guys: Stanford professor claims video games and online porn will lead to the extinction of men [...]

2019-10-05T06:17:40+00:00October 5th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

Teens who don’t date are less depressed

By Rebecca Ayer Courtesy of UGA Today Dating, especially during the teenage years, is thought to be an important way for young people to build self-identity, develop social skills, learn about other people, and grow emotionally. Yet new research from the University of Georgia has found that not dating can be an equally beneficial choice for teens. And in some ways, these teens fared even better. The study, published online in The Journal of School Health, found that adolescents who were not in romantic relationships during middle and high school had good social skills and low depression, and fared better [...]

2019-09-13T10:27:42+00:00September 13th, 2019|News Articles|1 Comment

Adolescent Health and Teen Pregnancy in the United States: A Progress Report

By Evelyn M. Kappeler Courtesy of PubMed Central® One out of every eight people living in the United States today (about 42 million people) is a teenager.1 Most of these young people are healthy and developing well, and there is good cause for optimism in many areas of adolescent health. But too many teenagers still face preventable behavioral and mental health problems, substance abuse, injuries, violence, obesity, and other challenges. For example, the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey concluded in 2013 that many high school students are still engaging in sexual risk behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancies and [...]

2019-08-26T10:17:42+00:00August 26th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

The Top 10 Issues Facing Youth Today

By Raushan Zhubanova Courtesy of Youth Time Magazine The society we live in that is well into the new millennium started to recognize serious concerns that affect the youth. Some issues have always been there but there have been new obstacles beginning to surface in the eyes of the public. American student news source The Bobcat View made up a list of 10 issues facing the youth today. How you find with them? Single Parent Households Since the 1950s, the numbers of the single parent households have significantly increased. Today, 14 million single parent homes are responsible for 28 million [...]

2019-08-14T19:48:54+00:00August 14th, 2019|News Articles|1 Comment

You Are What You Watch? The Social Effects of TV

There’s new evidence that viewing habits can affect your thinking, political preferences, even cognitive ability. By Jonathan Rothwell Courtesy of New York Times Other than sleeping and working, Americans are more likely to watch television than engage in any other activity. A wave of new social science research shows that the quality of shows can influence us in important ways, shaping our thinking and political preferences, even affecting our cognitive ability. In this so-called golden age of television, some critics have pointed out that the best of the form is equivalent to the most enriching novels. And high-quality programming for [...]

2019-07-29T02:19:57+00:00July 29th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

Teen Mom Feels Trapped Dr. Phil tries to bring clarity to Tanyadawn, a 17-year-old teen mom who disappears for 2-3 days at a time and skips school, leaving her 9-week old son to be taken care of by her mother and her aunt. Questions to reflect on: 1) What advice would you give Tanyadawn? 2) What advice would you give her mom and aunt? 3) At age 16, Tanyadawn thought she was mature enough to have sex. Was she? 4) Where is the father? Why isn't he taking responsibility for his son? 5) What would you tell other teenage boys [...]

2019-07-20T20:13:42+00:00July 20th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

Summer planning for tweens and teens

Too old for camp. Too young to get a job. What to do? If you start early and know where to look, there's plenty out there to keep older kids happy and busy during summer break. By Connie Matthiessen Courtesy of Great Schools It’s a parent’s summertime nightmare. While you’re at work all day, your tween or teen is at home. Alone. With nothing to do. So what does she do? She turns your house into party central. This nightmare is exactly what happened to psychologist John Duffy’s clients, a family in a well-heeled Chicago suburb. “Every day when the parents [...]

2019-07-10T10:33:03+00:00July 10th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments