News & Trends – April 1, 2014

April 2014      E-Cigarettes Surging in Popularity and Hazards      E-cigarettes are transforming the national debate over tobacco smoking, and that conversation has been extended to marijuana smoking, as well. Billed as a safer, cleaner way to get a nicotine fix, electronic cigarettes are surging in popularity and more teens are trying these [...]

News & Trends – March 17, 2014

March 2014 Research Reports: Healthy Eating Options Working In and Outside of School      Efforts to promote healthy eating in and outside of school are seeing results. A new Harvard School of Public Health study reports that kids are eating more fruits and veggies. New federal standards requiring schools to offer healthier meals have [...]

News & Trends – March 5, 2014

March 2014 Beyond Hollywood: Heroin Headlines Report Teen Use Nationwide    Last summer’s headline news was the heroin-related death of Glee star Cory Monteith, best known for playing television’s clean-cut high school football star Finn Hudson. Last month’s headline was Philip Seymour Hoffman, also known to teens for his role as head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in [...]

News & Trends – February 19, 2014

February 2014 Research: Positive Ethnic Identity Boosts  Positive Behavior      The more positively minority youth feel about their ethnicity or race, the fewer symptoms of depression and emotional and behavior problems they have, according to a new meta-analysis published in the journal Child Development.     Researchers at Brown University, the University of Minnesota, Arizona State [...]

News & Trends – February 3, 2014

February 2014 Pew Research: Teen Relationship with Facebook is Complicated and Evolving      As Facebook marks its 10th anniversary this month, Pew Research Center reports that among teens, the total number of users remains high — 73 percent of teens 12 to 17 years old are on the social media site. Focus group research reports [...]

News & Trends – January 15, 2014

January 2014 Seasonal Affective Disorder Affects Kids, Too     Even as the Arctic Vortex subsides, winter brings gray skies, little sun and shorter days. According to the American Psychiatric Association, winter weather depression — called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – can affect 10 to 20 percent of the population, including children and teens.     Lethargy, irritability, changes [...]

News & Trends – December 11, 2013

December 2013 Trends on Teens and Online Shopping      The holiday season brings a flurry of shopping, no matter one’s age. But teens, in particular, are shopping online, according to a recent survey “Taking Stock With Teens” published by the investment firm Piper Jaffray.        The survey found that 79 percent of [...]

News & Trends – November 13, 2013

  November 2013 Research: Gun Violence in PG-13 Movies Has Tripled       According to Ohio State University researchers, the amount of gun violence shown in PG-13 films has more than tripled since 1985, the year the rating was introduced.     ”It’s shocking how gun use has skyrocketed in movies that are often marketed directly [...]

News & Trends – November 1, 2013

  October 2013 Study: Cyberbullying Rampant Among High School Students       As Bullying Prevention Month draws to a close, educators, parents and students everywhere know that the challenge to stop the bullying continues every month of the year.     Stories continue to make headlines regarding bullying, cyberbullying and suicides in schools and communities [...]

News & Trends – October 14, 2013

  October 2013 Study: Peer Pressure Tests Grade-Schoolers, Not Just Teens      In what University of Maryland researchers are calling an investigation into “the group dynamics of childhood,” a new study reports that peer group influences affect children beginning in the elementary school years.     The research, published in a recent issue of [...]