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When to get Help...Don't Wait till it's too Late

January 2007

Raising a teen in today’s world can be a task that seems insurmountable. The teenage years bring about sudden and drastic changes that may be hard for parents to understand and cope with. They may fear their teen is troubled, but may not be sure how to tell, or what to do about it. So how does one determine the difference between normal teenage behavior and troubled teen behavior? Very carefully.

DYK? Do You Know What your Kids are Saying Online

February 2007

Do you know what your kids are saying online? You may be shocked. One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to learn the lingo of online chatting. Teens can be expected to be chatting with 3-10 people at the same time. For this reason, they have developed acronyms for commonly used phrases in order to save time and to hide inappropriate behavior from parents. Your teens could be engaging in risky, not to mention risque, behavior, right under your nose. The following is a list of commonly used and dangerous acronyms that you should watch for, courtesy of teenchatdecoder.com.

Violence Prevention Resources for Parents and Teen

March 2007

Recently, violence in schools has risen to an all time high. This has called to attention the need for more involvement than an in-school police force. Schools need to develop and invest in prevention, intervention, and crisis response plans. The need for community involvement is high. Especially needed is action from parents and teens themselves. Parents want information to reassure their children and are eager to campaign for the safety of their schools. Students themselves feel the effect of these traumas keenly, and want to learn more about how they can make a difference in preventing violence. How does one constructively respond to recent violence, gain awareness, and take action to promote school safety in the future?

The Dangers of Talking to Strangers

April 2007

Your teen is at-risk of being sexually defiled, targeted to be a victim of identity theft, or even killed if they talk to strangers on the Internet. Teens are one of the worlds fastest growing internet user groups logging on to the world wide net. Though the Internet is an incredible tool for the rising generation it can also be one big trap. Great self control and mature judgment must be used to avoid incredible consequences. Unfortunately the most affected group of teens are those who are troubled or rebellious. Troubled teens who want emancipation from parental authority are far more susceptible to Internet predators because of their vulnerable emotional state.

Preventing Teen Pregnancy

May 2007

Seventy-two percent of teens who experiment with drugs and alcohol are sexually active. Nearly one-quarter of those sexually active teens report having sex without a condom because they were under the influence of drug or alcohol and 43% of teens report they are concerned they might go further, sexually, than they had planned due to the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Candy Coated Drugs

June 2007

Latest drug trends are targeting a younger crowd by disguising hard drugs like meth and heroin to look and sound as innocent and inexpensive as candy. Meth cooks are adding flavoring such as strawberry and chocolate to make the drug look, smell, and even taste like candy. Also, heroin is being mixed with Tylenol PM and other cold medicines and sold for as little as $2 a hit. By disguising some of the bitter taste and steep price of drugs, and giving them innocent names such as “strawberry quick” and “cheese”, dealers are tricking many youth into believing that these drugs are harmless.

Teenagers Play Choking Game for Fun

July 2007

Every year hundreds of teenagers and children will die in the United States from injuries sustained while playing a game (not counting those that have serious injuries such as memory loss, stroke, or other neurological impairments). Experts say that this game is popular with children ages 9 to 15. It is called by many names: the black out game, space monkey, flatlining, the dream game, the passout game, or the choking game. To play this “game” participants use their hands, cords, or other devices to cut off the oxygen supply to their brains in the hopes of getting a high.

Are You Sending Your Teen to the Right School?

August 2007

Do you have a child with ADD, ADHD, ODD or other special needs? You may be sending them back to the wrong school. Public school is great for many teens but for those that need special attention, public school can be harmful. Teens with behavioral problems can fall through the cracks of the public school system. Sadly, this lack of attention can lead to problems like drug use, gang involvement, sexual promiscuity, and underage drinking. Unfortunately, there is a greater lack of supervision in public schools, which creates the perfect environment for such destructive behaviors.

Gravity Matters Puts Parents Back in Control

September 2007

Parent Help is proud to announce a new, one-of-a-kind product that will give parents all the tools they need to make their home of peace, love, and unity. And the best part is, you can do it from home.

Energy Drink or Alcohol?

October 2007

Parent Help is sounding the alarm on a new health concern. They’re delicious, they’re thirst quenching, they’re colorful, they’re super-trendy…they’re alcoholic. Your teens probably participate in the new trend of energy drinks…but is that all their getting? Many new “energy” drinks are actually alcoholic. Mixing Stimulants and Depressants is a growing trend in the Energy Drink industry. Energy drinks mixed with alcohol can cause dehydration, risk of seizures, and increased alcohol intake.

Peer Pressure Kills

November 2007

Peer pressure: people feel it, inflict it, and increasingly let it control their lives. According to the Department of Student Support Services peer pressure is the most powerful influence in a childs decision to join a gang. If you inspect your past you will more than likely find that peer pressure has affected more than a few of the decisions you have made in your life. For teenagers in today’s society, peer pressure is a factor that affects what they wear, what they eat, who their friends are, what media they watch, and more likely than not whether or not they will participate in illegal activities, try drugs and/or drink alcohol.

Holiday Dangers for Teens

December 2007

The holiday season is one of the most deadly times of the year for alcohol-related crashes especially for teenagers. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) estimates that “each year nationally, more than 1,000 people die during the holiday season in drunk driving crashes” (MADD, 2006). Because of increased consumption of alcohol and an increase in the number of special events and parties, drinking and driving is more prevalent. Even if you think your teen doesn’t drink, participating holiday parties where drinking occurs puts them in danger.