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Teens and Tough Issues

  • Put Peer Pressure in Its Place

    Peer pressure can get the best of children and push them to do things that they don't really want to do. Parents can counter it, if they're ready to help.

  • The Trouble with Bullies

    Bullying comes in different forms. It is commonly thought of as an actual or threatened act of physical violence. But name calling, spreading rumors, unrelenting teasing, and deliberately excluding a child from an activity can be other forms of bullying. Racial slurs, mocking cultural traditions, and unwanted physical contact are bullying.

  • Bullies Go High-Tech

    You can now add bullying to the list of things made easier by technology. Bullies use e-mail, instant messaging, and text messaging on cell phones to reach victims.

  • Protect Your Kids From Internet Crime

    Youngsters spend time online messaging, chatting, searching and surfing. Although most of these Internet experiences are likely positive, parents need to be aware of the dangers to better protect their children.

  • Teen Suicide: Learning to Recognize the Warning Signs

    More than 70 percent of teens who attempt or commit suicide do so in a state of crisis, responding to some acute conflict with peers, parents, or other authorities.

  • What You Must Know About Suicide

    In many cases of suicide or attempted suicide, undiagnosed and untreated mental illness—especially depression—is to blame.

  • We Can Head Off Teen Tragedies

    Preventing teen turmoil starts at birth. Parents set examples in the way they interact, express anger, and treat substance abuse.

  • Helping Kids Cope with a Divorce

    Anger, fear, separation anxiety, a sense of abandonment, self-blame, sadness and embarrassment are common reactions to divorce for most children.

  • Helping Your Children Cope With Death

    Children deal with death in many different ways, and not necessarily in the same manner as adults.

  • Talking Sex with Your Teen

    With studies showing that more than half of America's teenagers have experienced sexual intercourse by the age of 18, educating kids about sex is something all parents need to do.

  • How to Help Teenagers With Addicted Parents

    Growing up is a tough challenge for most adolescents, but when their parents are abusing alcohol or drugs, the obstacles can seem overwhelming.

  • Teen Suicide

    Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.

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