The Choking Game: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

The Choking Game is a parent’s worst nightmare! When Brad Burgess found his 13-year-old son Memphis slumped in his closet, he thought the teen was playing a prank. After shaking his shoulders, he noticed that the boy wasn’t breathing. That was when he saw the rope on the ground. An Unexpected Horror: Choking for a High Authorities believe that Memphis Burgess is yet another victim of “the choking game,” a scary practice that has already claimed many lives. It’s estimated that as many as 1000 people have died this way since 1934. The...

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When Teens Date Adults: Do You Know the Age of Consent in Your State?

Minor teen issues are one thing. However, there are certain circumstances when we parents feel we must intervene. If your teen has begun dating a much-older person, you have a legitimate reason to be concerned. It’s likely that they’re being taken advantage of, but if your teen is in love, they probably won’t see it. Why Teenagers Choose Older Partners It’s not difficult to understand why a younger person would want to date an older, established adult. A person in their twenties or thirties is likely to have a job and therefore much more...

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Hooking Up: A Teen Issue

A few generations ago, the term that parents of teens had to worry about was “going steady.” It usually meant that two teens were in a committed relationship that consisted of sharing lunches and going on movie dates over the weekend. The longing for a boyfriend or girlfriend is a big teen issue, and while most parents certainly want to see their kids happy, new dating terminology is throwing a lot of them off. These days, kids don’t go steady. They “hook up.” Confusing Terms: What Does Hooking up Really Mean? When you hear the term “hooking...

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Tips for Discussing Texting While Driving with Your Teens

One of the teen issues that is most concerning for parents is distracted driving. Letting go enough to allow kids to get behind the wheel has always been a challenge for parents, but in the modern age, it’s more terrifying than ever. Thanks to the distraction of smart phones, more of our kids are getting hurt or hurting someone else on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that up to 71 percent of teens have admitted to texting while driving, and an even scarier 86 percent confess they have read text...

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Is Your Daughter in an Abusive Relationship?

As parents, we do everything we can to protect our teens from the bad things in life. We teach them the importance of doing well in school and staying away from drugs. We teach about the dangers of casual or unprotected sex. We do our best to teach them to drive, manage money, eat healthfully and feel good about themselves.   Unfortunately, all that we teach often goes right out the window once they fall in love for the first time. Are Romantic Relationships Healthy for Teens? It’s been said that love blinds people. It creates...

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Miss Teen USA Sextortion: Is Your Child Being Watched on Webcam?

Parents often fear for the safety of their children when it comes to the Internet, and it seems like every day we learn of a new horror that we must try to protect them from. On top of the already existing danger presented by sexual predators, bullies and identity thieves, we now have to worry about hackers changing the settings on our computers and using our own webcams against us. This is something that Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf unfortunately learned about the hard way. A Terrifying Realization Life was going great for Cassidy until she...

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