The new book, The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development, dispels many common myths about adolescence with the latest scientific findings on the physical, emotional, cognitive, sexual and spiritual development of teens. Authors Clea McNeely and Jayne Blanchard from the Center for Adolescent Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, provide useful tips and strategies for real-life situations and experiences from bullying, to nutrition and sexuality. Created in partnership with an alliance of youth-serving professionals, The Teen Years Explained is science-based and accessible.
I did a bit of research before beginning my latest YA novels and found a minefield of misunderstanding. The task for my new series so far The Soterion Mission and Revenge of the Zeds was simple: challenge the teenage stereotype and set the record straight. To do this, I set the books about a century after the Mini Flu epidemic.
Teenage risk-taking heats up in the summer. Studies show that during the summer months adolescents are most likely to experiment with first-time use of alcohol, marijuana and cigarettes. For car crashes, the perennial leading cause of death among teenagers, June, July and August hold the grim honor of being the three consecutive months with the most adolescent traffic fatalities.
As the editor of HuffPost Teen, I spend a good part of my day talking to Snapchat-sending, Facebook-hating, selfie-taking, iPhone-obsessed teens that many adults love to judge. I also talk to their parents. This week, I received a fairly typical email from the concerned mom of one of our bloggers asking questions like: Is having an Internet profile safe? How many people will see it?
According to a robust new study from Common Sense Mediaboth tweens and teens spend an inordinate amount of time on their screens, an average of four and half hours for tweens from 8 to 12 years of age and six and half hours for teens 13 to 18 years of age. But those numbers hide a more complex picture, one with some obvious truths and some surprises. The study looked at a wide range of media-related activities, from old school faves like reading and listening to the radio, through more recent arrivals, such as using social media and video chatting.
Teenage Drinking: Myths vs. Myth: My child can drink responsibly. Fact: Teenage drinking is against the law.
Siegel warns that some of the popular misconceptions we have about the teen brain are making life more difficult for adolescents and adults alike. He shares how science is refuting three long-held myths we mistakenly believe about what makes teens tick:. It stems from this idea we have about teenage-hood being a time of mindless upheaval that has to be endured by parents and teens alike.
Mythology for Teens: Classic Myths in Today's World takes classical mythology to a new level by relating ancient stories to the culture, history, art, and literature of today. By looking at topics instrumental to both mythology and modern culture, teens are encouraged to question topics such as the repercussions of war, vanity and greed, the workings of fate, the nature of love, the roles of women in society, revenge and forgiveness, the meaning of life, and national identity. The majority of high school humanities and Advanced Placement courses teach classical mythology by simply retelling myths. By using teen-friendly reader's theatre scripts to tell the legends, in combination with activities, discussion questions, and exercises that help students apply what they've learned to real life, Mythology for Teens takes the classic myths taught in school and turns them into an engaging, interesting, and fresh way of looking at old material.
There are many common misconceptions about suicide that prevent parents from talking to teens or from recognizing just how serious of a problem suicide can be. By debunking these seven common teen suicide myths and revealing the facts, you can hopefully be better prepared to educate your teen, recognize the warning signs, and get help for your teen before it's too late. Teens usually excel at hiding problems, especially from adults.