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Adolescent Body Angst: Middle School Kids & Self Esteem

It’s a shared human experience: adolescence and puberty, and all the challenges that go with them as our bodies develop and change. Body image not only affects how we see ourselves, but it also affects how we interact with others and how we behave. Under ideal circumstances, kids develop realistic body images, but not all […]

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How Do Natural Disasters Impact Our Children?

Whether you live in one of the states hard-hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma or not, it’s difficult to ignore what a natural disaster might mean for your family. In the aftermath of the devastating power of these hurricanes or the recent fires, floods, and earthquakes occurring all around us, it’s common for adults to […]

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Should Students Have a Reasonable Right to Online Privacy?

Because they grew up in a digital age, it would seem like kids today would be so-called digital natives: able to navigate the challenges of cyber living with ease but it’s not quite that simple. Young people are immature and can be impulsive. Caught in a digital paradox of wanting to share their private lives […]

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How to Talk to Your Students About Cyber Security and Cyber Bullying

According to one recent study, an incredible 25% of teenagers say that they have been a victim of repeated bullying on their cell phone, on the Internet or both.[1] When you open that number up to all young people from adolescence to their early 20s, it jumps to an unfortunate 52%.[2] To make matters worse, more than […]

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DFC Grant Information

Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Grant: An Overview Community-based coalitions can benefit greatly from a Drug-Free Community (DFC) Support Program Grant, but eligibility determination and the application process can initially seem daunting. Keep reading for a wealth of DFC Grant information, including how it can help nonprofits, which coalitions are eligible to apply, and how […]

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Teenage Prescription Drug Abuse

Teenage Prescription Drug Abuse: Facts, Myths, and Statistics Prescription drug abuse is on the rise, and in the United States, the misuse of prescription opioids was recently declared an epidemic.[1] After marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly abused drugs among Americans aged 14 and older.[2] Prescription drug abuse among teens is an […]

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Myths & Facts About Teen Substance Abuse

Myths & Facts about Teen Substance Abuse and Drug Use According to the most recent data from the annual Monitoring the Future Survey, between 48 percent and 50 percent of adolescents had used an illicit drug by the time they left high school.[1] Pride Surveys 2015–16 national data set also shows that by the 12th […]

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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week: An Overview According to data cited by the National Institute of Mental Health, “just over 20 percent (or 1 in 5) children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.”[1] Similarly, the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Study found that […]

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National Youth Violence Prevention Week

National Youth Violence Prevention Week: An Overview Every year, the Centers for Disease Control releases a Youth Violence Facts at a Glance data sheet, and the report disbursed in 2016 presents a myriad of troubling statistics. According to CDC data, “homicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 24 […]

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