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Bullying Prevention Month

One out of every three students will be bullied this school year, according to the National Bullying Prevention Center. October is dedicated to bullying prevention, and this year’s message is “the end of bullying begins with me.” Every teen can do something this October to prevent bullying. For example, you can set an example of respectful behavior, or simply be there for a bullied friend. You can join a mentoring program, such as the “You Have the Power!” program, where teen volunteers mentor younger students on preventing bullying. Start a conversation on social media to raise awareness. Teach others that bullying is not a teen “rite of passage.” Explain the effects bullying can have on teens: Anxiety, depression, self-harm, and more. Get creative: One Georgia high school staged a play about the harmful effects of bullying. Whatever you do this October, work hard to banish bullying and make respect the norm at your school.


Marijuana Use Makes You Less Likely to Graduate

Smoking marijuana daily decreases your chances of finishing high school by 60 percent, according to a new study from The Lancet Psychiatry, a medical journal. The long-term study tracked drug use in students from age 13 to age 30. In addition to affecting teens academically, marijuana use made teens eight times more likely to use illegal drugs and seven times more likely to attempt suicide. Researchers found negative effects for teens that smoked as little as once a month, suggesting there is no “safe” level of marijuana use. Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug among teens. One in fifteen high school seniors smokes pot daily.


Summer and Part-Time Jobs Give Teens an Edge

Did you spend your summer working? Good news! You likely improved your chances of attaining a good career. A study of 15-year-old Canadian students has found that working in the evening, on weekends, or over summer break gives teens a competitive advantage in the workforce. Researchers found that, even when working in low-paying jobs, teens gained valuable knowledge about the working environment, networking, and job hunting. Teens that held jobs during the school year developed useful time management skills as they learned to balance school, work, and their social lives. The benefits disappeared, however, when teens worked more than 33 hours per week.


Source: Teen Health and Wellness