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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? 03/21/14

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

Energy Drinks Popular With Troubled Teens

Kids who are depressed or use alcohol or marijuana often consume the beverages, researchers report.

Riding With Impaired Drivers Tied to Riskier Teen Driving

Teens who've been in cars with impaired drivers may be more likely themselves to get behind the wheel drunk or drugged, a recent study suggests.

Research Links Later School Start Times to Teen Benefits

Findings of a University of Minnesota study are the first to conclusively link later morning school starts to higher test scores, better grades and fewer teen car crashes.

Study: Teen Labor Force Plunged Over Past Decade

The numbers of working teenagers has plunged by nearly half over a decade, from 44 percent in 2000 to 24 percent in 2011.

What's Hot? 03/14/14

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

Millennials Consume Content Every Waking Hour

According to a January 2014 survey of 839 millennials, they spend 18 hours per day consuming media.

Smartphone Use in Restaurants Leads to Distracted Parenting

Study finds many parents focused on their devices instead of their children.

How Much Data is Generated Every Minute? [Infographic]

In every minute of every day, loads of data are being generated. Just how much, you ask?

Bullying Linked to Suicidal Behavior in Adolescents

Children and teens who are bullied may be more likely to think about or attempt suicide, a new study from the Netherlands suggests.

Teens Likely to Get Opioid Rx for Headaches

Nearly half of teens who visit a doctor complaining of headache pain walk away with a prescription for a narcotic painkiller, researchers found.

Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely to Try Tobacco Too

While electronic cigarettes may be marketed as alternatives that will keep teenagers away from tobacco, a study suggests that may not be the case.

What's Hot? 03/07/14

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

Over Half of Millennials Have Shared a ‘Selfie’

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that 55% of Millennials have posted a “selfie” on a social media site.

Judge Rules Against Teen Who Sued Parents for Financial Support

A New Jersey honor student suing her parents had her motions for financial support, including high school tuition payment, denied by a judge who said it would set a bad precedent by setting limits on parenting.

Smoking Tied to Changes in the Structure of Teen Brains

Young smokers who have smoked more cigarettes have clear differences in their brains compared to lighter smokers, according to a new study.

Study: Bedroom TVs Predicted Youth Weight Gain

A new study finds teenagers with bedroom TVs had higher BMIs after four years.

What's Hot? 02/28/14

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

Marijuana Legalization May Lead to More Teen Users

A new study finds that about 10 percent of high school students who would otherwise be at a low risk for smoking pot say they would use marijuana if it was legal.

Frequent Cell Phone Use Linked to Troubles in College Students

A new study finds that college students with high frequency cell phone use tended to have lower GPA, higher anxiety, and lower satisfaction with life (happiness) relative to their peers who used the cell phone less often.

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