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Nine in ten teens say they would not approve of their friends smoking one or more packs of cigarette......read more...

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School Lockdown Drills Test School Readiness

The New York Times has declared that today’s teens live in the “age of school shootings.” In response to shootings, bomb threats, and attacks with other weapons, school districts are taking precautions. In many schools, lockdown drills have become as commonplace as homecoming, bake sales, talents shows, and other school year events. These drills simulate a crisis and require students and staff to secure doors and find hiding places. In the U.S., more than twenty states require schools to hold lockdown drills, according to the Education Commission of the States. A recent study in School Psychology Review found that lockdown drills do not help students feel safer or less anxious, but they do increase student knowledge about what to do in a crisis. In a world where being ready for violence is the “new norm,” that can make all the difference.


Red Ribbon Week 2014

Every year, October 23 to 31 marks Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s longest-running drug prevention campaign. Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 as a way of commemorating Enrique Camarena, an undercover agent killed by drug traffickers. The red ribbon symbolizes the destruction and violence caused by drugs, and wearing the ribbon signifies your commitment to raising awareness. The theme of Red Ribbon Week 2014 is “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.” From depression to poor grades to ruined relationships, drug use has been linked to many problems for teens. By refusing to use drugs, you are protecting your physical and mental health and increasing your chance for a successful future.


Ending Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Violence between parents and children, siblings, intimate partners, or roommates occurs in half of all households at least once a year, according to the Department of Justice. Despite this, domestic violence is a hidden problem. Only 40 percent of incidents are reported to police. One in ten teens have been abused by a partner recently, yet few teens believe abuse is a problem among their friends. Most teens have never discussed domestic violence with friends or parents. You can do your part to raise awareness and change the culture that allows this violence to continue. For example, the Because Voices Have Power campaign contributes to anti-violence charities. If you post a message of hope for survivors of abuse using the hashtag #VoicesHavePower on social media, the campaign will donate $3 in your name.


Source: Teen Health and Wellness