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Safe Teens - Net & Cells

Privacy and security tips for newly-minted college students
This post first appeared on Forbes.com by Larry Magid Congratulations. After a long and sometimes stressful childhood you (or your teen) are ready for college. It’s a big step that involves a great deal of freedom and independence and an exciting … Continue reading Continue reading

LG’s new tracking watch for young children
There are lots of apps that can allow a parent to track their child’s phone. Assuming the phone and kid are together and the phone is turned on and in range, you can also use those apps to track your kid. … Continue reading Continue reading

Teen Health and Wellness

To Boost Your Mental Health, Play Sports
You already know that staying active is essential for your physical health. Scientists are also finding it is essential for your mental health. A new study from Canada found that playing sports leads to lower levels of depression, anxiety, and stress for teens. The benefits even lasted four years beyond the time a student was active. The study looked at students in grades 8 to 12 who participated in basketball, soccer, gymnastics, wrestling, and other activities. Researchers said the benefits of playing sports were comparable to the effects of taking anxiety or depression medication.

Teen Death Highlights Caffeine Dangers
18-year-old Logan Stiner had just been crowned prom king and was a week away from graduating high school when his life was cut short. According to doctors, he died of a caffeine overdose. Stiner reportedly used caffeine powder as a workout supplement. Emergency rooms nationwide have reported that teens are snorting caffeine powder or mixing it in alcohol. Other recent teen deaths have been linked to highly-caffeinated energy drinks. Teens may not realize the dangers of caffeine. While the caffeine in coffee and soda can make you alert, too much can cause heart attacks or seizures. When consuming the stimulant in energy drinks or as a powder, it is hard to judge how much caffeine you are ingesting. Caffeine powder is not regulated by the government, so it can be sold to anyone.

World Cup Star Tim Howard on Overcoming Tourette’s Syndrome
While the U.S. national soccer team is no longer a contender for the World Cup, one team member has become a sports icon. Goalkeeper Tim Howard catapulted into stardom after record-setting performance in last week’s match against Belgium. Howard’s path to success was not easy. Like hundreds of thousands of teens, Howard has Tourette’s syndrome. Tourette's is a neurological condition that involves involuntary muscle movements and uncontrollable vocal sounds, called “tics.” People have misconceptions about those with Tourette’s and what they can accomplish. One British newspaper mocked Howard for his “brain condition.” Howard says that Tourette’s made his life “chaos” from ages 9 to 15, but playing soccer helped him cope. As leader of the U.S. team, Howard has proved that teens with Tourette’s can overcome their condition and fulfill their dreams.

4 in 10 Teens Text and Drive
According to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 percent of teens admit texting and driving in the past month. The data shows that, while teens are smoking and drinking less than in past years, they are still engaging in risky behaviors. The survey also revealed that 22 percent of teens had ridden in a car with a drunk driver, and 10 percent of teen with cars had driven drunk. Teens are more likely to die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause. Driving while distracted or intoxicated drastically raises a teen’s risk for a deadly accident.