Archive for April 2013

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Just a Click Away: Talking To Your Teen About Internet Pornography, Part 2

 

one young teenager boy or girl silhouette computer computing lapThis was originally scheduled to post on April 8th.. and I’m not sure why it didn’t! Anyway, this is the second part of my post on how parents can talk to their teens about internet pornography. Here are 5 more topics you may want to address during these discussions. See the first part here.

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Teen Male Health

Guest Author David Breland, MD MPH

male at docMales in general, seek medical care less often than females. This is true for adults and teens alike, but in addition to providing routine screening for issues like high blood pressure or diabetes, the annual check up can be a great source of information.  We asked Dr. David Breland, who specializes in treating adolescent male patients, tips for parents on male health. Read full post »

Underage Drinking: A Parent’s Role in Prevention

Alone young woman in depression, drinking alcohol (burbon)Alcohol use among adolescents continues to be a concerning problem. While 71% of teens have tried alcohol by the time they’re in high school, even more scary is that 8% have driven while intoxicated. Parents can play an important role in preventing underage alcohol use. We’ve covered alcohol use previous posts, but wanted to highlight an opportunity for parents to learn more about alcohol prevention from experts that will happen on April 25, 2013:

In partnership with the Prevention WINS coalition, the Seattle Children’s Division of Adolescent Medicine invites parents to a special movie night Read full post »

The Cinnamon Challenge Rears Its Head Once Again

cinnamonAbout a year ago, we wrote a piece about the “Cinnamon Challenge”, a new Youtube phenomenon. Almost a year later, it’s apparently still going strong. While teens are likely to suffer nothing more than some discomfort, the Cinnamon Challenge can have serious consequences, especially for teens with asthma or other lung disease. It’s worth taking a moment to talk to your teen about the risks.

Read our post: Taking On the Cinnamon Challenge

Raising a teen with ADHD

iStock_000011540923XSmallteenboydivorceWe had a previous post by Dr. Henry Berman on ADHD that reviewed how it can affect teens and warning signs that it may be impacting a teen’s life. We wanted to follow up that post by talking with a parent, so interviewed a friend who raised a teen with ADHD. Read full post »

Test Stress: Tips for Helping Your Teen Get Through Exams

What have I done!?It’s finals week at the University of Washington, and I am walking around in a daze, spending all my free moments studying (note: it’s no longer finals week, but it was when I wrote this!) It brings back memories of all the exam stress in high school, and the days and nights I spent huddled over my textbooks, desperately trying to cram one more piece of information into my tired brain. I wanted to spend a little time discussing ways to help your teen deal with that stress while still studying effectively. (You may wish your teen was a little more stressed out about exams, in which case this will be less helpful.)

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Sexually Transmitted Infections: Part 6 Syphilis

teens holding handsI started this series on sexually transmitted infections in teens with a post on how to approach the topic of sexual health with your teen. It can be awkward, but it is important that teens have correct information from a source they can trust. As parents, you ARE the most important trusted source of information in your teen’s life! April is actually STD Awareness month, so I thought it would be fitting to end the series this month.

We’ve covered many different STD’s (though not all of them), so now let’s take a moment to talk about syphilis. Read full post »

Just A Click Away: Talking To Your Teen About Internet Pornography

iStock_000019144724XSmallTeenagers encountering and viewing pornography is not a new phenomenon. When I was 13, my friend found a pornographic movie in her parents’ closet. We watched it with a mixture of fascination and alarm, carefully rewound the videotape to where it had been when it was discovered, and spent the rest of the afternoon giggling  about how gross it had been.

A year later, another friend discovered her father’s stash of pornographic magazines, which we read with the same mixture of curiosity and dismay. Most people I know had similar experiences in their adolescence. However, pornography has gone from being something hidden away by some parents, to something available to anyone with an internet connection. Read full post »

“Teenology 101” To Be Honored Internationally for Eliminating Every Single Teen Problem Worldwide

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It’s been almost two years since we launched the Teenology 101 blog in May of 2011. And we’re proud to announce that, due to our efforts, teenagers no longer have any problems at all.

The CDC, WHO, and United Nations will be presenting the Teenology 101 authors with their highest accolades in the coming months. “We cannot thank Teenology 101 enough,” said Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general of the United States. “There are literally no teenagers in existence with any problems whatsoever, and that’s all due to the Teenology 101 blog.”

Seattle’s local teens are celebrating with an ice cream social, during which they will compare homework tips, discuss ways to improve their communities, and share a lighthearted competition over whose parents are the most wonderful. “I’m really looking forward to the party, although I’ll only attend if I’ve studied enough for upcoming tests, cleaned my room, and helped my parents with all the chores around the house,” said Janet Smith, a 15-year-old from the Ballard area. When her cell phone buzzed, she said, “Oh, I’m sorry, what a rude interruption,” and continued talking politely to interviewers for 20 more minutes. Read full post »