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Safe Teens - Net & Cells

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Survey finds parents mostly OK with kids’ use of tech
A survey released today by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), found that “93% of parents feel that their child is at least somewhat safe when he or she is online,” while only 37% say their child is “very safe.” … Continue reading Continue reading

Teen Health and Wellness

Self-Harm Impacts Teens’ Futures
Teens who self-harm are more likely to face mental health and substance abuse problems when they grow into adulthood, according to a new study. The study examined thousands of 16-year-olds, and found that one in five had a history of self-harm. When researchers checked back with the teens five years later, those who self-harmed were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety and more likely to use illegal drugs and smoke or drink too much. Teens who self-harmed with suicidal intent also experienced academic and employment troubles in young adulthood. The study found that most teens who self-harmed had never sought professional help. While seeking help can be difficult, trained specialists can help teens recover and learn healthy ways to cope with their emotions.

Stopping Ebola, One Donation at a Time
The Ebola outbreak has claimed nearly 5,000 lives since it began in March in West Africa. Medical professionals are rushing to the stop the outbreak, but ordinary people can also contribute with the click of a button. Ebola researchers at California’s Scripps Research Institute recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to buy needed lab equipment. Crowdfunding sites, such as Kickstarter, ask the public to pitch in small donations to raise large sums of money. The Scripps Research Institute set a goal of $100,000. They hit their target in only two weeks, with donors contributing as little as $10. The institute helped produce ZMapp, an experimental drug that might cure the Ebola virus. The money will be used to create new treatments. The Ebola virus causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever, a deadly illness that spreads through contact with the blood or bodily fluids of infected people.

School Lockdown Drills Test School Readiness
The New York Times has declared that today’s teens live in the “age of school shootings.” In response to shootings, bomb threats, and attacks with other weapons, school districts are taking precautions. In many schools, lockdown drills have become as commonplace as homecoming, bake sales, talents shows, and other school year events. These drills simulate a crisis and require students and staff to secure doors and find hiding places. In the U.S., more than twenty states require schools to hold lockdown drills, according to the Education Commission of the States. A recent study in School Psychology Review found that lockdown drills do not help students feel safer or less anxious, but they do increase student knowledge about what to do in a crisis. In a world where being ready for violence is the “new norm,” that can make all the difference.

Red Ribbon Week 2014
Every year, October 23 to 31 marks Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s longest-running drug prevention campaign. Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 as a way of commemorating Enrique Camarena, an undercover agent killed by drug traffickers. The red ribbon symbolizes the destruction and violence caused by drugs, and wearing the ribbon signifies your commitment to raising awareness. The theme of Red Ribbon Week 2014 is “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.” From depression to poor grades to ruined relationships, drug use has been linked to many problems for teens. By refusing to use drugs, you are protecting your physical and mental health and increasing your chance for a successful future.