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Teens and Tough Issues

  • Bullies Go High-Tech
    You can now add bullying to the list of things made easier by technology. Bullies use e-mail, instant messaging, and text messaging on cell phones to reach victims.
  • Helping Kids Cope with a Divorce
    Anger, fear, separation anxiety, a sense of abandonment, self-blame, sadness and embarrassment are common reactions to divorce for most children.
  • Helping Your Children Cope With Death
    Children deal with death in many different ways, and not necessarily in the same manner as adults.
  • How to Help Teenagers With Addicted Parents
    Growing up is a tough challenge for most adolescents, but when their parents are abusing alcohol or drugs, the obstacles can seem overwhelming.
  • Protect Your Kids From Internet Crime
    Youngsters spend time online messaging, chatting, searching and surfing. Although most of these Internet experiences are likely positive, parents need to be aware of the dangers to better protect their children.
  • Put Peer Pressure in Its Place
    Peer pressure can get the best of children and push them to do things that they don't really want to do. Parents can counter it, if they're ready to help.
  • Talking Sex with Your Teen
    With studies showing that more than half of America's teenagers have experienced sexual intercourse by the age of 18, educating kids about sex is something all parents need to do.
  • Teen Suicide
    Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.
  • Teen Suicide: Learning to Recognize the Warning Signs
    More than 70 percent of teens who attempt or commit suicide do so in a state of crisis, responding to some acute conflict with peers, parents, or other authorities.
  • The Trouble with Bullies
    Bullying comes in different forms. It is commonly thought of as an actual or threatened act of physical violence. But name calling, spreading rumors, unrelenting teasing, and deliberately excluding a child from an activity can be other forms of bullying. Racial slurs, mocking cultural traditions, and unwanted physical contact are bullying.
  • The Truth About Kids and Divorce
    Divorce can be an emotional train wreck for both parents, but often the family members hurt most have the least control -- the children. What's the best way to help children adjust to divorce?
  • We Can Head Off Teen Tragedies
    Preventing teen turmoil starts at birth. Parents set examples in the way they interact, express anger, and treat substance abuse.
  • What You Must Know About Suicide
    In many cases of suicide or attempted suicide, undiagnosed and untreated mental illness—especially depression—is to blame.