We had a recent post on teens and dangerous games where we highlighted a game called ghost train. The purpose of the post was to emphasize how teens will forever invent new ways to push limits and often act impulsively. That post inspired one of our readers to have her son share his story about the dangers of rope swings. Elliot is a 16 year old who was trying to impress friends one day by swinging on a rope swing attached to a tree. The consequences were very unexpected: he had a long hospital stay and rehabilitation. Elliot graciously shared his personal story with teenology101.
During the warmer months teens often take advantage of great weather to get outside and be active. Dr. Monique Burton, a Sports Medicine specialist, has helped to provided us with tips for why physical activity is important in teens. We know it’s important for health and for maintaining a normal body weight, but physical activity can have other benefits as well. Check out the video for more information!
Helmets should be worn whenever a teen is participating in something that slides or rolls. Biking, skiing, skateboarding, and snowboarding are a few examples of activities where a teen is traveling fast enough that a fall could lead to a serious head injury. Unfortunately only 25% of teens wear helmets, though thousands end up in emergency rooms each year with a head injury that could have been prevented by using a helmet. We asked our colleague Dr. Cora Breuner to provide insight on why helmets are so important for teens and we’re shown how to properly fit a bike helmet.
Here is a link to a flyer that shows how to easily make sure your teen’s bike helmet fits correctly!
This is the 4th in a series of video posts on birth control with Dr. Amies-Oelschlager. Here she discusses the placement and removal of long term, reversible, contraceptive options for teens.
We’ve had previous posts on contraception or birth control in teens, but now we’re going to break down the options. This is the second in a series of 4 video blogs where we discuss contraception in a bit more detail with Dr. Amies-Oelschlager.
In my last post, I promised you advice from religious experts. I am so grateful that four Seattle religious leaders took time out of their busy schedules to give views and advice on different aspects of the spiritual and religious questions that arise when LGB teens come out to their parents. I can’t thank them enough for the wisdom and hope of their words, and I hope you find these videos as fascinating and inspiring as I did!
We discussed Plan B in a previous post on emergency contraception. In this 1st post from our series of video blogs with Dr. Amies-Oelschlager. Listen while we talk about Plan B in more detail.
This is the second in a series of videos where Dr. Amies-Oelschlager gives advice for parents on how to talk with your teen about sex. In the first video, she goes over statistics and gives tips on how to address your family values, birth control, and uncomfortable questions. In this video, the focus is on how to start this discussion on an age appropriate level with your child.
This title is a misnomer on purpose. Talking to your teen about sex shouldn’t happen in one conversation, it is something that parents should discuss with their child on an age appropriate level and continue to discuss into the teen years. Talking about sex and relationships is a great opportunity to have conversations with your teen about your family’s values and to answer questions your teen may have. This blog is the first in a series of 2 videos where Dr. Amies-Oelschlager gives helpful advice for communicating about sex.