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Jim Liebelt

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Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
Parents Should Focus on Health, Not Fat, in Food Talks with Kids

A new study finds teens whose parents nagged about weight gain tended to have more unhealthy eating behaviors.

Instagram Surges, Closes Gap on Vine

Instagram has vaulted up the App Store ranking of free iPhone apps since launching a video-recording feature, jumping from No. 22 to No. 8. At the same time, Twitter’s Vine has slipped from No. 3 to No. 7 among free apps, leaving the rival apps nearly neck and neck in the race for downloads.

Alcohol Consumption in the U.S. Starts as Early as Second Grade

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have discovered that by age 8, 37 percent of kids had sipped alcohol.

Speeding: A Deadly Issue for Teen Drivers

While speeding hasn't garnered the national attention of other teen issues like distracted driving, as a factor in fatal teen crashes, it has increased from 30% in 2000 to 33% in 2011.

Sleep Deprived Teens Make Poor Dietary Choices

Well-rested teenagers tend to make more healthful food choices than their sleep-deprived peers, according to a new study.

What's Hot? 6/21/13

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

HPV Infections in Teen Girls Down by 56 Percent Since 2006

According to a new study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV (human papillomavirus) infections in female teenagers (ages 14-19) have decreased by 56 percent since 2006 -- the year HPV vaccine began to be administered.

Marriage Rate Dives to New Lows, But More Weddings Predicted

U.S. marriage rates are at historic lows but may soon rebound a bit, demographers predict.

Bullying By Siblings Just As Damaging

Bullying and aggressive behavior by a sibling can be as damaging as bullying by a classmate, neighbor or other peer, finds a new study that links it to increased depression, anxiety and anger among victimized kids and teens.

Eighty-Three Percent of Teens Have Unsupervised Access to Prescription Medications

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that 83.4 percent of teens had unsupervised access to their prescription medications at home.

What's Hot? 6/14/13

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Teens Prefer Mall Shopping Over Online

While most teens shop online, three out of four prefer shopping in person at malls.

Outlook for 2013 Teen Summer Jobs: Bleak

Though the economy is rebounding, the teen unemployment rate has remained virtually unchanged over the past two years.

Kids With Previous Concussions Take Longer to Recover

Children and young adults take longer to recover from a concussion if they've suffered a previous hit to the head within a year or repeated blows at any time, according to a new study.

Teen Health Risk Rises with More Than One Can of Soft Drink a Day

Teenagers who drink more than one standard can (375g) of sugary drinks a day are putting themselves at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease such as heart disease or stroke in later life.

What's Hot? 6/7/13

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Scientists Find Gene Mutation That Spurs Early Puberty

Scientists have identified mutations in a gene responsible for some cases of early puberty, an issue of growing concern to doctors, as children begin developing earlier and earlier.

Study Finds Parents Clueless About Kids' Online Behavior

A new survey conducted by the online security firm McAfee finds that teens and tweens engage in a lot more risky behavior than parents think.

Teen Sleep Quality is Linked to Social Functioning

A new study suggests that adolescent sleep quality is associated with connectedness to peers and sensitivity to peer rejection.

What's Hot? 5/31/13

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

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