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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.
Teens Drawn to Unknown Risks

Teens, it seems, love the unknown.

Authoritative Moms Influence Kids' Friends

Mothers who are strict with their teen children also influence the behavior of their teens' friends, a new study suggests.

CDC: Teen Births at Historic Lows

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), birth rates for U.S. teen mothers have hit their lowest point since the 1940s.

U.S. Teen Drinking and Driving Rate Cut in Half in 20 Years

The percentage of U.S. high school students who drink and drive has dropped by more than half in two decades, in part due to tougher laws against driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a new federal study.

What's Hot? 10/5/12

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

Talking About Sex: Teens Less Comfortable Than Parents

A new survey finds that teens are even less comfortable talking with their parents about sex than their parents are.

Frequent Family Dinners Make a Difference in Raising Healthy, Drug-Free Teens

Over the past 18 years, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASAColumbia) at Columbia University has surveyed thousands of American teens and their parents to identify factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of teen substance abuse. Simply put: frequent family dinners make a difference.

Teens' Late-Night Cellphone Use Linked to Mental Health Problems

Teens who use their cellphones after "lights out" may be at increased risk for mental health problems, as well as lost sleep, a new study from Japan suggests.

Dangerous Stunts Seen on YouTube Hurting, Killing Teens

Emergency rooms are seeing more and more teens with injuries and even deaths, that result from emulating things they see on YouTube videos.

Number of Young Adults Marrying Declines in U.S.

A new report finds that more U.S. young adults are living alone or cohabiting rather than walking down the aisle.

What's Hot? 9/28/12

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

Many Parents Believe That Letting Kids Taste Alcohol Discourages Later Use

One in four mothers (mistakenly) believe that letting young children taste alcohol may discourage them from drinking in adolescence.

Active Video Games Have Exercise-Like Effects in Kids

Adolescents who play active video games increase their heart rate, use more oxygen and expend more energy, according to a small new study.

U.S. Consumers Watched 38 Billion Web Videos in August

The most recent data reports that an all-time high of 188 million U.S. consumers watched 38 billion web videos in August.

Teens Who Drive Dangerously Learn from Mom and Dad

Teens who engage in distracted and dangerous driving most likely learned their bad driving skills from their parents, according to a new study.

Reducing Sugar Drinks at Home Curbs Teen Weight Gain

A new study has found that teens who drink lots of sugary drinks can lose weight if they swap the sodas for non-caloric beverages such as water or diet drinks.

What's Hot? 9/21/12

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

An Estimated 5.6 Million Underage Kids on Facebook

Facebook has an ugly little secret. An estimated 5.6 million Facebook clients -- about 3.5 percent of its U.S. users -- are children who the company says are banned from the site.

Sexting Again Linked to Risky Sex Among Teens

One out of every seven Los Angeles high schoolers with a cell phone has sent a sexually-explicit text message or photo, according to a survey that also found sexting teens more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors.

Studies Find More Students Cheating

Recent studies of student behavior and attitudes show that a majority of students violate standards of academic integrity to some degree, and that high achievers are just as likely to do it as others.

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