The Dangers of Teen Tanning

With summer approaching, young people across the country will begin preparing for fun in the sun. While some focus on obtaining a “beach ready” body, many young men and women desire to have a sun-kissed complexion. Going to tanning salons for a quick UV fix is not uncommon, but holds serious health risks that most young people brush off.

Surveys have concluded that while young people are aware of the risks of tanning, the desire to have a tan outweighs the known dangers. In a study done by the American Academy of Dermatology, 92 percent of those surveyed said they knew how dangerous tanning was, but 65 percent admitted they still feel better when they have a tan. With skin cancer being the most prevalent form of cancer among Americans, the risks are not a joke and many states are passing tanning related legislation to force teen skin safety.

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The Body Scoop for Girls Clears Up Misconceptions About Sex and Body Image

Written by Brooke Randolph

I have been reading some very positive reviews of The Body Scoop for Girls: A Straight-Talk Guide to a Healthy, Beautiful You, a book for adolescent girls written by a gynecologist and obstetrician who also specializes in adolescent health.Dr. Jennifer Ashton is a mother and CBS medical correspondent for the Early Show and the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. In USA Today Dr. Ashton shares that in her practice she saw a need for more education on sexual health and an approach to which teens would listen – one of respect. Her style has been described as a casual conversation written from the perspective of an older sister. “I don’t judge, and I don’t sugarcoat”, states Dr. Ashton.

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Joel Burns Offers Words of Hope for GLBT Teens

joel burnsOctober 11 was National Coming Out Day, a day meant to provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people.

Unfortunately, even this national movement for acceptance has not been preventing the suicides of many teens who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation.

According to The Huffington Post, approximately 90 percent of GLBT students were physically or verbally abused in 2009. This intense bullying is what led Asher Brown, 13, Bill Lucas, 15, Seth Walsh, 13, Tyler Clemenit, 18, and Zach Harrington, 19, to commit suicide. Gay teens are four times more likely than straight teens to attempt suicide, mainly because they do not feel accepted by their peers.

Joel Burns is an openly gay city councilman in Fort Worth, TX. At a city council meeting on October 12, 2010, Burns reached out to GLBT students around the world. Listen to his message of hope for all students who are being bullied. Read the rest of this entry »

Teen Shot After Sporting Sagging Shorts

sagging shorts styleOne commonality parents have across the nation is how much they detest when their sons walk out of the house with their pants half way down their thighs, belted and exposing their boxer shorts (or briefs).

Described as classless and trashy, yet trendy and hip, many schools have strict dress codes that prohibit the style.

But in Tennessee, 45-year-old Kenneth Bonds, decided to take matters into his own hands, giving an almost too dangerous literal meaning to the phrase “if looks could kill.”

Bonds, according to local law enforcement, was angry and offended when two teenage boys walked into a house in Southeast Memphis, Tennessee to buy candy with their sagging shorts. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Oz’s School Challenge Finale Airs Monday

dr. oz show logoTune in this Monday, July 19 to the Dr. Oz Show when America’s most beloved doctor hosts the grand finale of his school challenge.

Dr. Oz goes back to school to fight teen obesity – a national problem that has reached epidemic proportions. Along with his Health Corps team, Dr. Oz is committed to getting America’s teens back on the right track.

You can learn what you and your family can do to make better food and lifestyle choices by following Dr. Oz’s four healthy behaviors, specifically created for his school challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

Teenage Drug and Alcohol Abuse on the Decline

cigaretteAccording to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), cigarette smoking is at its lowest among students in high school since the survey began in 1975. The survey samples students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades, and gathers data about the type and frequency of drug use. The study, which aims to track teenage substance abuse, is conducted by the University of Michigan‘s Institute for Social Research.

Other findings include a decline in methamphetamine, amphetamines and cocaine between 2004 and 2009. In 2009, 12th graders reported declines in the use of hallucinogens, particularly LSD. The use of marijuana has plateaued, with reported use by 11.8% of 8th graders, 26.7 percent of 10th graders and 12th graders. Read the rest of this entry »

Irish Students Abuse Alcohol More Often than Other European Teens

A long running joke goes something like:

Q: “Why did God invent beer?”
A: “To keep the Irish from taking over the world.”

underage-drinkingThe Irish have always been known for their preference for alcohol; until now, I thought it was just a stereotype that should not be taken too seriously. Turns out though, maybe it is based on the truth.

A recent European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs revealed that 47 percent of Irish 15- to 16-year-olds have been drunk in the past year. This is higher than the European average, which is still high at 39 percent.

The legal drinking age in Europe is 18, so drinking alcohol at 16 is not as unheard of there as it is in the U.S. In fact, 90 percent of students surveyed had tasted alcohol in the past year. But that could mean a glass of wine at dinner. It did not mean “staggering when walking, slurred speech or throwing up,” which is how the survey defined drunkenness. Read the rest of this entry »

Most Teens Are More Fiscally Responsible Than Their Parents

piggy bankWhy do most teens get a job? So they can earn money and spend it, right? Well, evidently not.

A new survey conducted by TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. shows that 63 percent of teens save their money to help pay for college. This is much higher than our parents’ generation. Only 40 percent of the generation before us saved money when they were teens. This finding was somewhat unexpected. Most adults assume that if teens are actually saving their money, they will spend it on the latest fashions, entertainment, or electronics.

In response to the new trend, Joseph Peri, CEO of the Council for Economic Education, said “it’s a pleasant surprise that we’re seeing young people paying that much attention to the importance of this issue. Part of teaching the importance of investing is showing that the best investment a young person can make is an investment in themselves.” Read the rest of this entry »

Where Student Drivers Can Save on Car Insurance

Updated September 2010


Being deemed a safe driver by an automotive insurance company is a way individuals are able to save on their car insurance rates. There are many different ways to be considered a safe driver in the eyes of an insurance company, one of which being driver’s education.

New drivers are a group of consumers being hit hard by high automotive insurance rates.  The only way to combat these financially taxing rates is by educating the young drivers.

Top insurance companies give special discounts to teenagers who participate in driver’s education programs. Not only that, but some of the major insurance companies also give discounts to students with good grades. These discounts might seem too good to be true, so here is a list of the major automotive insurance companies that offer discounts to students that choose to educate themselves on the road. Read the rest of this entry »


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