Longer hours on social media may increase teens’ risk of cyberbullying

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Inside a makeshift tent city housing hundreds of migrant teens

Eleven days ago, the farm town of Tornillo, Texas received more unaccompanied teenage residents to live in a makeshift tent city propped-up at a detention center.
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Parents say intense gun violence in PG-13 movies appropriate for teens 15 and older

Parents are more willing to let their children see PG-13 movies with intense gun violence when the violence appears to be ‘justified’ than when it has no socially redeeming purpose, a study finds. But even when the violence in PG-13 movies appears justified, parents think it is more appropriate for teens at least 15 years old, two years older than the PG-13 rating suggests.
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Schools fret as teens take to vaping, even in classrooms

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Napping can help tired teens’ performance in school

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Parents struggle to discuss sex with LGBTQ teens

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Maybe Amazon isn’t the best company to be teaching teens about money management

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On top of looking to sell you everything available on this planet, and then some – as long as your product doesn’t compete with theirs – Amazon is reportedly looking to become your banker too. The company is currently looking at ways to offer customers Amazon checking accounts, with teens being the primary target.

Amazon isn’t only looking to get a hold of the younger audience, and turn teens into Amazon customers and, in time, lock them into the Amazon shopping experience. But also to make a buck in the process. And it looks like teens are open to doing their banking with Amazon, even if that involves a monthly fee.

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More teens than ever aren’t getting enough sleep

Researchers found that about 40 percent of adolescents in 2015 slept less than 7 hours a night, which is 58 percent more than in 1991 and 17 percent more than in 2009. They further learned that the more time young people reported spending online, the less sleep they got. Teens who spent 5 hours a day online were 50 percent more likely to not sleep enough than their peers who only spent an hour online each day.
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Botulinum toxin injections may provide relief for children and teens with hard-to-treat migraines

One in 10 school-aged children suffer from migraines, but there are few FDA-approved medications for them. While botulinum toxin injections are approved to treat migraines in adults, children and teens may benefit as well, early research suggests.
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Both the aggressor and the victim: Alarming number of teens cyberbully themselves

A new form of self-harm in youth has emerged and is cause for concern. The behavior: ‘digital self-harm’ or ‘self-trolling,’ where adolescents post, send or share mean things about themselves anonymously online. The concern: it is happening at alarming rates and could be a cry for help. A new study is the first to examine the extent of this behavior and is the most comprehensive investigation of this understudied problem.
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Depression is on the rise in the US, especially among young teens

Depression is on the rise in the United States. From 2005 to 2015, depression rose significantly among Americans age 12 and older with the most rapid increases seen in young people. This is the first study to identify trends in depression by gender, income, and education over the past decade.
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Screen time might boost depression, suicide behaviors in teens

Increased time spent in front of a screen — in the form of computers, cell phones and tablets — might have contributed to a recent uptick in symptoms of depression and suicide-related behaviors and thoughts in American young people, especially girls.
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Mothers of teens with autism report higher levels of stress, but optimism can be a buffer

Researchers found that mothers of teenagers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or intellectual disability (ID) reported higher levels of stress and other negative psychological symptoms — think depression or anxiety — than mothers of teenagers with typical development (TD). Those levels climbed even higher when teenagers with ASD or ID also showed signs of clinical-level disruptive behavior disorders.
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Teens routinely encounter online risks, such as sexual solicitations, cyberbullying and explicit material, but research shows that the negative effects of such exposure appear to be temporary, vanishing for most teens in less than a week. A new study found that typical teens seem to be resilient and cope with most online risks, moving beyond the temporary negative impacts quickly.
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Lack of sleep could cause mood disorders in teens

Chronic sleep deprivation — which can involve staying up late, and waking up early for work or school — has become a way of life for both kids and adults, especially with the increasing use of phones and tablets late into the night. But this social jet lag poses some serious health and mental health risks: new research finds that for teenagers, even a short period of sleep restriction could, over the long-term, raise their risk for depression and addiction.
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‘Depression education’ effective for some teens

In an assessment of their ‘depression literacy’ program, which has already been taught to tens of thousands, researchers say the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program achieved its intended effect of encouraging many teenagers to speak up and seek adult help for themselves or a peer.
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Graphic anti-smoking posters may encourage some teens to begin smoking cigarettes

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Vaping popular among teens; opioid misuse at historic lows

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Junk food, energy drinks may pose unique risks for teens, new data shows

The popularity of energy drinks and junk food might have unique risks for teenagers who consume too much of them during the later stages of brain development. These are just two of the factors potentially affecting teen brain development examined in a new special issue of Birth Defects Research: The Teenage Brain, published by the Teratology Society with John Wiley & Sons.
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The next time you take your teen for a medical exam, don’t be surprised if the doctor checks more than their height and weight.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently published new guidelines recommending physicians screen patients ages 10 to 21 for signs of depression.

The Academy suggests patients fill out a depression screening tool for the doctor to review during wellness visits.

The organization also recommends parents share any observations or concerns with the doctor for the most accurate picture of the teen’s mental health and well-being.

If a teen is suspected of being depressed, the group says doctors should help the patient and family create a treatment plan that includes specific goals for school, home and peer settings and also help them access appropriate mental-health professionals.

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It’s important to catch depression early to get a jump-start on treatment.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than one in 10 teens shows signs of depression.

Some studies suggest teen depression is on the rise, yet many young people who struggle with mental-health issues aren’t getting the help they need.

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Kaiser Permanente Pediatrician-Researcher Discusses Teens and Gun Safety

Youth suicide was three times more common in 2014 than in 1999, and currently more than 1,000 10- to 19-year-old Americans die from suicide by guns every year.

But many of these heartbreaking cases could potentially be prevented by better identifying and treating teenagers with depression and substance abuse problems, and storing guns more safely.

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We interviewed David C. Grossman, MD, MPH, a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and a pediatrician at Washington Permanente Medical Group, who recently authored an editorial — Reducing Youth Firearm Suicide Risk — in the March issue of Pediatrics about opportunities to reduce youth firearm suicide.

What are we learning about gun safety and teen suicide?

In the editorial, I discuss a study also published in the March issue of Pediatrics by John Scott, PhD, of Florida Atlantic University; Deborah Azrael, PhD, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD, of Northeastern University in Boston. This study, Firearm Storage in Homes with Children with Self-Harm Risk Factors, reports that parents of children and adolescents with high-risk conditions like depression and substance abuse were just as likely to store guns unlocked and loaded as were other families whose children didn’t have these conditions. Our research team had found the same thing in a study with a smaller sample size in 2017.

The Boston team conducted a national survey that is representative of American households with children, teens, or both. The study found that in all families, whether or not the families had youth at risk for self-harm:

  • Guns were present in 4 in 10 of all households
  • Only 1 in 3 families with guns stored them safely (locked and unloaded)

What about families whose teens have depression or substance abuse?

These gun-safety strategies are especially important for families with teenagers who have depression or substance abuse because these teens are at higher risk for suicide.

More research is needed. We must test more ideas and find more practical solutions. But in the meantime, we all can be more aware and take action when appropriate.

What’s the most promising way to prevent teen suicide by gun?

As a pediatrician-researcher, I focus on keeping children and teens safe. When they intentionally harm themselves, these acts tend to be more impulsive compared to adult self-harm. Teens’ urge to die may be fleeting, so deterring them from taking impulsive action with a highly lethal method (like firearms) can save their lives. Health care providers should:

  • Routinely screen all teens for depression, which often goes undiagnosed and is the most important risk factor for suicide.
  • Get them effective treatment and long-term care to treat depression and substance abuse and help them reduce their risk of harming themselves.
  • Use depression screening and treatment as a natural opportunity to raise parents’ awareness of potential risks from unlocked guns at home, especially for teens with depression or substance abuse.
  • Explain to parents that controlling the household environment, such as storing handguns and rifles in lockboxes and safes, tends to be more effective than relying on behavioral controls, such as setting household rules about not handling guns.
  • Engage families in discussion about storing guns safely at home — or discussing whether to remove them.

How can we keep guns safe at home?

Our research team published Gun Storage Practice and Risk of Youth Suicide and Unintentional Firearm Injuries in 2005 in the Based on many research findings including that study, we advise that, if parents or guardians choose to own a gun and keep it in a household where teens and children live or visit, they should:

  • Keep the gun locked and unloaded.
  • Keep the ammunition locked — and stored in a location separate from the gun.

We found each of these storage practices for handguns, rifles and shotguns were associated with much reduced risk of suicide and accidental firearm injuries among children and teens.

Youth who lived in homes where guns were locked and/or unloaded were about 70 percent less likely to commit suicide or self-harm by a gun compared to youth in homes where guns were stored unsafely.  That level of protection is similar to seatbelt use in a car. Homes where the ammunition was locked and/or kept separately from household guns were also less likely to be linked to a gun injury or death by self-harm or accident.

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What’s eating all moms of teens? Where do I start?

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Betsy Shaw

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This morning I ran into two mom friends. I talked to each of them for nearly half an hour. Our conversations could have gone on for days. The topic? Parenting teenagers.

I came away thinking, wow, we could really use a club or support group for mothers of teens in this town. Well, maybe I’m projecting.

Motherhood starts out seeming like such a romantic idea. I’m not saying this in a “Oh my God, I hate it” kind of way, but I am saying it in a “How did I not realize this was going to be so relentlessly emotionally demanding?” kind of way.

You get pregnant and you’re the center of attention. You connect with other pregnant women, seamlessly. You talk, you laugh about your new, all-natural boob job, you lament the weight gain, the gas, the fatigue. But you know there’s a baby coming, like a prize in the bottom of the cereal box, so the conversations are generally light.

You have the baby and you’re still the center of attention. Everyone wants to visit. Everyone wants to hold that baby. Everyone wants to hear your birth story and tell you how precious and magical being a mother is. You’ve brought a child into the world. You are a courageous goddess who can do anything. Baby care is hard, but your focus is clear: Food, comfort, love–survival.

Your baby turns into a toddler who becomes the center of attention. Opportunities, real or virtual, to get together with other moms and compare milestones and struggles abound. Online groups, Mommy and Me, story hour, it’s all so new, and everything you do, you do with a sense of infinite possibility. You could live on love and pride and the joy that’s in your curious, naughty child’s eyes alone. You need nothing else.

 

You have a school kid and your social circle becomes your child’s friends’ and teammates’ parents. There’s a ton of support all around you. Moms at school drop off, moms at ballet and recreational soccer games. Your world feels bigger and wilder, maybe a little bit meaner, but can always be made to feel small and friendly again by curling up with a picture book and reading together. You have each other.

Your kid becomes a tween. Things shift. Navigating social life and activities gets tricky. It’s busy, in a good way, mostly. There’s plenty of opportunity for talking with other moms. And there’s still that illusion of control, that sense that all these things you’re doing with and for your kid will somehow guarantee they’ll grow up to be happy, safe, healthy, and maybe even academically, athletically, or artistically accomplished. Sure, social media is a bit of a worry, yet they’re still so young and pliable and, if your lucky, cuddly. You’re still steering the ship, or so you think.

And then your kid’s in high school. While you weren’t sleeping, someone turned up the speed of the earth’s rotation. Time is flying. You try so hard to keep connected with your friends but everyone is so busy. Your relationship with your husband feels more like a tag-team wrestling match than a romantic partnership. There’s a hint of desperation in the air as we all come to the same revelation that these kids we’ve spent so much time on are not ours to keep. They’re growing up and away from us with each breath they take. We are no longer their go-to security blankets or wisdom dispensers.

They have inner worlds we cannot know. They have boyfriends and girlfriends. Maybe they have no friends. They have Instagram. They’ve got grownup body parts and grownup desires yet we know, oh how we know, their brains are unfinished. They spend an absurd amount of time in their rooms. You’re not sure who you should worry about more: your kids, yourself, your job, or your marriage — if you still have one.

And all that instinctual worrying about and doing for and doting on becomes an impediment to the mother-child relationship, if you still have one. They need you, yes, but they don’t want to need you. And you want them to need you but you also need to know they can handle themselves without you.

And you see them struggle and want to snatch them up and curl them back into you, and promise to keep them safe inside your arms. You want to make their world small again, like the ones in those beautiful picture books, because that small world seemed so easy to manage. But you can’t. So while you are trying to trust them and respect their need for independence, you are grieving. And you are petrified you haven’t armed them properly against the elements they are sure to face.

And that is why, when you see another mother of a teenager, you let loose at the very first mention of “How are you?” even if you don’t know them that well. And, most often, they say, “Same here. I know exactly what you’re talking about.” And thank Goodness for that.

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Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is Cost-Effective for Teens Who Decline Antidepressants

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cognitive behavioral therapy (or CBT) delivered in a primary care setting is a cost-effective way to treat adolescents with depression who decline or quickly stop using antidepressants, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Pediatrics.

This work builds upon previous research, also published in Pediatrics, showing that CBT improved time to diagnostic recovery from major depression for teenagers who received CBT in their primary care clinic. Participants who received CBT learned how to modify their behaviors, challenge their unrealistic and negative beliefs, and think more positively.

Depression is a widespread and costly health problem in the U.S., with one estimate placing the total economic burden of depression at more than $ 210 billion annually. Among adolescents, the prevalence of depression is on the rise. Antidepressant medications are the usual course of treatment for adolescents diagnosed with depression, but as many as half of families with a depressed child choose not to begin antidepressant therapy. And among those who do begin treatment, nearly half do not continue, for reasons including side effects, lack of benefit and cost.

“Untreated or undertreated depression is a serious burden for many adolescents and their families, and the impact is often felt for many years after diagnosis,” said John Dickerson, PhD, a health economist at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and lead author of the new publication. “Now we have evidence that CBT is not only clinically effective, but cost-effective as well. This is good news for patients, their families and health care systems.”

In their new analysis, the study team showed that over a two-year period, depression-related health care costs for adolescents who received CBT were about $ 5,000 less on average than depressed adolescents in the control group, who received usual care without CBT.

Researchers examined depression-related costs from a societal perspective, meaning they accounted for costs experienced by patients and their families in addition to the costs borne by the health care system. In addition to the cost of delivering the CBT intervention to patients, researchers examined the cost of mental health-related inpatient hospital stays, a wide variety of medical and mental health services, and the time that parents spent taking their children to services, among other factors.

The study, which included 212 adolescents who received care in Kaiser Permanente primary care clinics in Oregon and Washington, showed that a CBT intervention can be brief and still deliver long-term benefits in terms of cost and clinical outcomes.

“Most other studies of CBT for depressed youths that we looked at involved a much longer treatment program than the one we tested,” Dickerson explained. “We chose to test a ‘lean’ model with a smaller number of CBT sessions because such a model is more likely to be adopted by health care organizations. It’s important for health systems and families to know that a brief CBT program is likely to improve mental health outcomes for depressed adolescents who decline antidepressants, and is also likely to be cost-effective over time.”

The study was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health (R01-MH73918) and was led by Greg Clarke, PhD, of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research.

Additional authors include Frances Lynch, PhD, Michael Leo, PhD. John Pearson, MD, and Greg Clarke, PhD, from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore.; and Lynn DeBar, PhD, from the Kaiser Permanente Health Research Institute in Seattle.

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Say What Now? Teens Under Investigation After ‘Black People are Trash’ Snapchat Video Goes Viral

A California high school student is under investigation by her school district after a racist video she recorded on Snapchat went viral on social media.

In the video, she recorded herself saying all sorts of racist foolishness.

“Black people are trash; they need to die,” she says in the video. As the girl speaks, she turns the camera to her friend, who pretends to be shocked before giggling in agreement.

The girl continues her racist rant:

“When the police were killing all those black people I was so happy, because I was like ‘Fuck black people, go die bitches.’”

According to CBS 13 Sacramento, her entire community is demanding an apology.

 

“If it was a joke, it wasn’t a funny joke at all,” said Camryn Tomlin. She couldn’t believe her ears when she saw the video on Twitter a few days ago.

Tomlin just graduated from Pleasant Grove High along with her cousin Breann Bray.

“It’s not right; I think she should be suspended if not even more,” Bray said.

“It’s as hateful as it gets, the type of words and the phrases she uses are despicable,” said Alin Cintean, a Sacramento attorney.

But Cintean says no crime has been committed.

“There’s nothing in there that would constitute a crime, there’s no immediate incitement to violence,” Cintean added.

Cintean says the U.S. Supreme Court gives public high schools more leeway to discipline students if the school believes their words are a threat.

The Elk Grove Unified School District sent CBS 13 a statement Wednesday responding to the racist post, saying the school is working with the students in the video and their families and investigating the incident.

“The school district needs to step up and do its part, they need to educate,” said Sharie Thompson, a member of the Black community.

The post wasn’t a surprise for Thompson, who has recently received threats at her Elk Grove salon.

She says the district needs to adopt new policies around racism, starting with the girl whose video whipped up a Twitter firestorm.

“Shame on you,” Thompson said, referring to the girl and her family.

Since the girl is a minor, news outlets aren’t reporting her name.

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Maxwell Barrett wanted to leave high school “with a bang.” He succeeded.

The 18-year-old senior at Raritan High School in Hazlet, New Jersey, tweeted a screenshot of his yearbook photo and accompanying quote on Tuesday:

The quote, credited to “Unknown,” reads: “Of course I dress well, I didn’t spend all that time in the closet for nothing.”

“I wanted to go out with a bang,” Barrett, who is indeed very snappily dressed in the photo, told The Huffington Post. “I had never done sports, or clubs. I was always just an art student. I wanted to go out in a way people would remember me by!” He added that he didn’t come up with the quote completely on his own, but had rephrased a similar quote he’d seen online.

Barrett said he was “out” as gay to most people around him. Though he had never officially told his parents, he said he could tell that they already knew. “It was just more of a confirmation to [my parents] than a coming-out story,” he said.

And his parents’ reaction?

“They said it was the best one in the yearbook and that they were proud of me,” Barrett said. He mentioned that his classmates also loved it, and that even teachers had pulled him aside to congratulate him and comment on the quote.

Barrett said a yearbook supervisor initially told him they weren’t going to run the quote because of its “shock value.”

However, Hazlet Township Public School Superintendent Bernard Bragen could not confirm that happened.

“My understanding is that it was never pulled,” he said.


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Teen’s Instagram Tribute To His Sick Great Grandma Needs No Filter

When Louisville, Ky., teen, Zach Belden, created an Instagram account for his great grandma, he had no idea how big of a following it would attract, WDRB reported.

Grandma Betty is dying of cancer, so Zach thought this would be a great opportunity to share happy moments with his family and friends, and also have something to remember her by.

But, it hasn’t only reached their family and friends: the account, grandmabetty33, was made in January and already has more than 6,500 followers.

Grandma Betty gets a huge kick out of it, asking how many new followers they’ve gained every day, according to WDRB.

“I’ve been here 80 years, maybe they’ll learn something good from me,” she told the outlet.

On March 10, Zach posted an Instagram thanking all their followers:

From photos of her and her late husband, to videos of her dancing to Pharrell’s “Happy,” the sweet account is definitely worth checking out.

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