Articles we’re reading for March 18th through April 1st
Fresh research for March 18th through April 1st: to keep you informed on all the latest in youth culture.
- Find a niche to become a mentor | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press – Be a mentor, what a novel idea!
- Study has mostly good news about predator risk | Larry Magid at Large – CNET News – Researchers from the University of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) found only a modest increase in the number of adults arrested for solicitation of actual minors, which could be accounted for by the growth in the number of youth Internet users.
- Take the long view and parents still matter | Prevention Action – The combination of an ailing economy, globalization, the speed of technological change and the long-term cost of an education means that young people are taking more time to grow up, delegates to a London conference about parenting have been told.
- Protecting Kids While Protecting Free Speech – With the advent of this new technology, schoolyard behavior such as teasing and starting rumors can continue to affect a child’s day long after the school day is over.
- Task Force Recommends Screening Adolescents for Clinical Depression – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends screening adolescents for clinical depression only when appropriate systems are in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.
- Sexting … and other stupid teen tricks – Call me crazy, but I don't think Sally likes teenagers
- Research reveals how to be both clever and popular at school – Telegraph – Children who are top of the class but also popular with classmates, called “alpha” pupils by academics, were found to have a number of typical characteristics that protect them from being branded “boffins” in the playground.
- Wanted: `alcohol virgins' for binge drinking study – Professor Lindy Rae is leading a team at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Unit at Randwick which aims to produce the first human evidence of alterations in brain development after binge drinking.
- Teen pregnancy: Chicago group helps young mothers get past 'bump in the road' – Researchers say they'll have to wait to determine whether the back-to-back hikes for girls ages 15 to 19—up 1.4 percent from 2006 to 2007, on top of the previous year's 3.4 percent increase—are an anomaly or a trend.
- Kari Henley: Facebook And Kids: Are Their Brains Ready for Social Networking? – However, the way I use Facebook is a bit different than they way my kid's do, and plenty of kids are getting addicted beyond reason, using it for brutal cyber bullying or daring to say the types of things they would never dream of in person. Kid's depression rates are sky high, average onset at age 14, and there have been many reports of teen suicide from internet related bullying.
- Girl violence getting more lethal – While youth violence in Canada has risen only marginally — about three per cent over the last decade — experts say, what has changed is the intensity.
- Teen Brains Clear Out Childhood Thoughts | LiveScience – Between ages 11 and 17, children's brain waves reduce significantly while they sleep, a new study found. Scientists think this change reflects a trimming-down process going on inside teenagers' brains during these years, where extraneous mental connections made during childhood are lost.
- Teens capture images of space with £56 camera and balloon – Enough to make any youth pastor proud right there.
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