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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 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.

Risk-Glorifying Video Games Linked to Reckless Driving

Teens who play video games that glorify reckless driving may bring some of their virtual dangerous habits to road, a new study shows.

What's Hot? 9/14/12

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

How Instagram Became the Social Network for Tweens

Well-intentioned parents who've kept their tweens off Facebook are catching on to the workaround: kids are turning to Instagram, the photo-sharing app that may as well be a social network.

Big Jump: Majority of Teens Now Own Smartphones

The majority of American teens own a smartphone, a big jump from just one year ago.

Most Grandparents Provide Care for the Grandkids

Two new studies show most grandparents babysit and provide financial support for grandkids as they try to save their children money and build stronger family connections.

What's Hot? 9/7/12

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

Smokers Are Still High School's 'Cool Kids'

Peer pressure continues to prompt high school students to light up, new research suggests, because popular teens tend to smoke and they induce others to take up the habit in an effort to fit in and be liked.

What Do College Students Look Like in 2012? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Infographic looks at the 19.7 million U.S. college students in 2012.

Obesity Can Impact Teen Brains, Hinder Performance

According to a new study, health problems linked to obesity can impair teen brains, lowering test scores and hindering efforts to learn.

'Distracted Walking' Endangers Teens

A new study suggests "distracted walking" is taking a toll on teenagers as the number of pedestrian injuries soars among 16- to 19-year-olds even as it drops among nearly every other age group.

Premarital Sex Detrimental to Long-Term Relationships

According to researchers at Cornell University, premarital sex could be detrimental to long term relationships, stunting the growth of important relational developments.

What's Hot? 8/31/12

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

Poll: Kids' Lack of Activity is Top Health Concern

A recent national poll finds that the top health concern of adults across the United States for children is they are "not getting enough exercise."

Pot-Smoking Teens Risk Lasting Mental Deficits

The persistent, dependent use of marijuana before age 18 has been shown to cause lasting harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory, according to an international research team.

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