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Vaping is everywhere, from sea to shining sea, in every hamlet, high-rise and farm, on main streets near you. The electronic cigarette fad is especially popular among young people. And parents need to be alert. […] Read More

A majority of U.S. teens hold the Bible in high regard, read it with some regularity and seek to find guidance for daily living in its pages, according to research conducted by Barna Group on behalf of the American Bible Society. “American teens sometimes get a bad rap as being uninterested or even anti-faith,” said […] Read More

We got cable in my house when I was in high school, and I was perhaps most excited to have MTV. Granted, this was the ’90s – when bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam were captivating and expressing the angst and fury of a million teenagers who felt enslaved in their suburban prisons. While I […] Read More

People who believe that young people are hopeless should have been with me June 20-26 at the 55th annual Lott Carey Youth Seminar on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.   Nearly 500 youth and their advisors spent a week for missional learning, serving, worship and fellowship. One of the most beautiful sights […] Read More

Whether we are parents, teachers or just adults observing teenagers at the mall or the movie theater, it is easy to give in to the sentiment that kids today are a real mess, and therefore our society is headed for trouble. Major news carriers have nothing good to say about young people. Drugs are epidemic. […] Read More

Researchers hoping to test how alcohol affects sleeping in teens are coming under fire from ethicists arguing that such research puts children at risk. <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Brown University Medical School wants to study how drinking affects sleep by giving teenagers varying amounts of alcohol in a controlled setting, USA TODAY […] Read More

Straight-Edgers may not be walking the traditional “straight and narrow” in every way, but this breed of teen thinks it is cool to be drug-, alcohol- and smoke-free. Young punk and hardcore music fans started the trend in the 1980s, and the Straight-Edge philosophy is gaining momentum again, according to a recent report by the […] Read More

Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Feb. 26 issue that underage drinking amounted to 19.7 percent of alcohol consumed, or $22.5 billion. <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reported in the Journal of […] Read More

Today’s youth are compassionate, creative and generous when it comes to helping those in need. Teenagers are finding their place in charitable work by starting their own charities, sitting on grant-making boards, raising money, volunteering or leading efforts to solve problems in their neighborhoods, schools and beyond, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.<?xml:namespace prefix = […] Read More

More than ever, teenage boys are getting on the “juice” to get the bulky, muscle-bound look they think girls go for. Only this “juice” isn’t Florida-squeezed, full of pulp and packed with vitamin C. This “juice” is called steroids. This “juice” is called steroids, and according to a survey by the National Institute of Drug […] Read More