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    Teens: September 2006

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    IM the Safe Way


    By Margie Wylie

    This has probably happened to you at one time or another: Your computer goes "Ping! Ping! Ping!" while windows pop up on the screen with a string of text messages, as your kid hunches in her chair typing and chuckling. What is she up to? It's called instant messaging and it seems everyone's doing it these days. . Instant messaging (also known as IM) lets families and friends chat online as quickly as they can type.

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    By Margie Wylie

    This has probably happened to you at one time or another: Your computer goes "Ping! Ping! Ping!" while windows pop up on the screen with a string of text messages, as your kid hunches in her chair typing and chuckling. What is she up to? It's called instant messaging and it seems everyone's doing it these days. Instant messaging (also known as IM) lets families and friends chat online as quickly as they can type.

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    ... Continue reading IM the Safe Way.

    Homework Help for Kids


    By Tara Swords

    These days when your kids need to research a school report or finish their homework, chances are they hit the Internet instead of digging through the stacks at the local library.

    Whether they're writing reports on American history, trying to understand today's algebra lesson, or looking for science fair project ideas, they probably already know how to use an Internet search engine like Google to find what they need...

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    By Tara Swords

    These days when your kids need to research a school report or finish their homework, chances are they hit the Internet instead of digging through the stacks at the local library.

    Whether they're writing reports on American history, trying to understand today's algebra lesson, or looking for science fair project ideas, they probably already know how to use an Internet search engine like Google to find what they need. But the question is: Are they finding good information or getting caught in a worldwide web of confusion?

    There's no doubt the Internet can make learning easier and more fun than it was ... Continue reading Homework Help for Kids.


    Have a Teen Driver? Learn How to Save Money on their Car Insurance



    By Pete Glocker


    Copyright 2005 Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp.


    Boca Raton, Fl -- Did you know when parents add their teens to their car insurance policies, premiums can jump from 100 percent to 355 percent even if the teen is driving the family minivan?


    There are several different ways to get lower premiums for your teenagers. Many insurance companies offer online tutorials that teenagers can take and if passed, companies will offer substantial discounts. For example, State Farm has an online tutorial called "Steer Clear� and if the new driver passes it, St ... Continue reading Have a Teen Driver? Learn How to Save Money on their Car Insurance.


    Rising Risk--Substance Use and Our Daughters



    Girls have caught up with boys in a most unhealthy way--by increasing their use of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs. Girls ages 12 to 17 now match boys in illegal drug and alcohol use and have actually surpassed boys in smoking cigarettes and misusing prescription drugs.


    Why do some teen girls use illegal drugs or abuse prescription drugs? This is a complex question, but research reveals some of the reasons. Understanding these risks--and how they may make your daughter vulnerable--can help you talk with her about drugs and emphasize your expectations that she not use drugs.


    Many girls experience dram ... Continue reading Rising Risk--Substance Use and Our Daughters.


    Teenage Brain: A Work In Progress



    New imaging studies are revealing--for the first time--patterns of brain development that extend into the teenage years. Although scientists don't know yet what accounts for the observed changes, they may parallel a pruning process that occurs early in life that appears to follow the principle of "use-it-or-lose-it:" neural connections, or synapses, that get exercised are retained, while those that don't are lost. At least, this is what studies of animals' developing visual systems suggest. While it's known that both genes and environment play major roles in shaping early brain development, science still has much to learn a ... Continue reading Teenage Brain: A Work In Progress.


    Physically Active Teens Stay Out of Trouble


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    By Amy Norton


    Teenagers who stay active, participating in anything from football to skateboarding, are less likely than their sedentary peers to smoke, drink or take other health risks, new research shows.


    Much has been made about the importance of exercise in fighting the swelling problem of childhood obesity. But just as important are the effects regular physical activity can have on kids' behavior, according to Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen, the lead author of the new study.

    Jump to full tex ... Continue reading Physically Active Teens Stay Out of Trouble.