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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.
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.

Tween Girls Susceptible to Mobile Advertising

New research shows that female tweens are highly susceptible to mobile advertising.

Teen Birth Rate Hit Another Record Low in 2011

The teen birthrate in 2011 set another new record low, according to the latest federal data. The numbers reflect a continued trend downward for teens having babies.

Childhood Bullying Increases Risk of Self-Harm in Adolescence

A new study has proven that being bullied during childhood directly increases the likelihood of self- harm in late adolescence.

Teens Seeing Less Tobacco in Movies, But More Alcohol

A study of top movies between 1996 and 2009 show fewer tobacco product placements, while the appearance of alcohol increased.

YouTube at Eight: Still Growing

YouTube just turned eight-years-old and the social networking video site keeps growing. YouTube users now upload 100 hours of video every minute, up from 72 hours every minute this time last year.

What's Hot? 5/24/13

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

One Third of Millennials Regret Going to College

An indication of how burdensome student loans have become: About one third of millennials say they would have been better off working, instead of going to college and paying tuition.

Teens, Social Media, and Privacy

Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information.

Teens Cooling on Facebook but Warming to Twitter

Some teens are growing tired of the excessive sharing and “drama” on Facebook and more are turning to sites like Twitter and Instagram to express themselves, according to a new study.

Sleep-Deprived Teens Cause Crashes

A large, new study helps explain why so many teens and young adults are involved in motor accidents: They're sleepy.

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