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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.
Blue Light From Electronics Disturbs Teen Sleep

Blue light emitted from electronic devices makes it harder to sleep, especially for sleep-deprived teenagers who are more vulnerable to the effects of light than adults.

Teens Favor Tech Over Clothes

A growing number of teens consider texting on a dated smartphone worse than wearing last season's clothes.

Doctors Urge Later School Starts for Teens

The American Academy of Pediatrics says there’s strong scientific evidence to support later school start times for middle and high schoolers.

What's Hot? 08/29/14

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

Screen Time Makes Tweens Clueless on Reading Social Cues

A new study finds that tweens who spend unlimited time interacting with electronic devices found it more difficult to understand emotions and verbal cues than peers who had no screen time and were only exposed to face to face interactions with others.

Teens Love E-Cigs

According to the CDC, teens love e-cigarettes and are trying them at a rapidly increasingly rate.

Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2018

Born in 1996, the college class of 2018 have always had The Daily Show to set them straight, and have always been able to secure immediate approval and endorsement for the ideas through likes on their Facebook page.

Teens Who Skimp on Sleep Face Later Obesity Risk

Teens who skimp on sleep could be setting themselves up for obesity just a few years later, a new study suggests.

What's Hot? 08/22/14

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

Brain Imaging Shows Differences in Risk Taking Teens

New research found that connections between certain brain regions are amplified in teens more prone to risk.

Physically Neglected Boys Are More Likely To Become Violent Adolescents

Boys, who are physically neglected by their parents during childhood, face a heightened risk of turning into violent adolescents, according to a Penn State study.

Cost of Raising a Child Born in 2013 Nears $250K

A middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about $245,340 to raise the child to age 18.

Fewer Children Being Born Outside Of Marriage

The number of children born outside of marriage in the United States has declined in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What's Hot? 08/15/14

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

Part Time Teen Job Means Better Earnings Later In Life

Working a part-time job while in high school translates into better wages later in life, according to a new study by the Employment Policies Institute.

Aggressive Behavior Increases Teen Drinking

Adolescents who behave aggressively are more likely to drink alcohol and in larger quantities than their peers, according to a new study.

Distracted Teen Drivers Often on Cellphone With Parent

Up to half of teens talking on cellphones while driving are speaking with their mother or father, according to new research.

Pot Studies Suggest Regular Use Is Bad For Teen Brains

Teenagers and young adults who frequently use marijuana may be hurting their brainpower, according to studies about pot and adolescence presented at the American Psychological Association's annual convention.

What's Hot? 08/08/14

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

Comprehensive Sex Ed for Freshmen in Fremont CA to Feature Info on Sex Toys, Oral Sex, and Bondage

Over a thousand outraged parents who have children enrolled in public schools in Fremont, Calif. have signed petitions threatening legal action over a ninth-grade health textbook featuring oral sex, vibrators, and bondage.

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