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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.
Doctors See "Cinnamon Challenge" as a Recipe for Disaster

In a new trend, kids are trying to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon without drinking water - or vomiting - and preferably as a video camera is rolling. But doctors aren't laughing. They say the practice can cause serious injuries.

What's Hot? 3/23/12

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

92% of College Students Have Lied on Résumés

Study finds almost all job seeking college students have lied at least once on a résumé.

Here Comes "The Hunger Games"

Anticipation abounds...but Common Sense Medias says "The Hunger Games" is too violent for some preteens.

Study: Teens Prefer Texting to Phone Calls

New study shows teens are texting more than ever, while voice calling continues to decline.

Synthetic Marijuana Can Cause Side Effects

Teens who use synthetic marijuana, also called K2 or spice, could end up in the emergency room experiencing some serious side effects, according to a new case report.

What's Hot? 3/16/12

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

Sleep Deprivation and Teens -- Walking Zombies

Only 8 percent of teens are getting the nine-plus hours of sleep recommended by the Naitonal Sleep Foundation.

More Parents Happy to Keep Kids in Nest

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, 31 percent said young adults shouldn’t have to be on their own until age 25 or older.

Teen Tobacco Epidemic Shocks Surgeon General

A new report finds nearly one in four high school seniors and one in three young adults under age 26 smoke despite a half-century of federal warnings about tobacco.

What's Hot? 3/9/12

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

Dad, Can You Put Away the Laptop?

Parents have long been worried about how much time their kids spend online. But if you ask the kids, mom and dad are the ones who can’t turn away from the screen.

Vitamin D Intake May Reduce Fracture Risk in Girls

A new study shows that vitamin D intake can lower stress fracture risk in girls, especially in regards to injuries caused by high impact style activities.

Kids with Concussions May Suffer Lingering Consequences

Children with even relatively mild concussions can have persistent attention and memory problems a year after their injuries, according to a study that helps identify which kids may be most at risk for lingering symptoms.

Smoking, Drinking Teens Are Unhappiest of All

Teenagers who smoke, drink alcohol and eat junk food are significantly more likely to be unhappy than their clean-living counterparts, a study has found.

Viewing Alcohol Use in Movies Linked to Teen Binge Drinking

Adolescent exposure to movies that depict alcohol consumption is significantly associated with binge drinking, according to a new multi-national study.

Youngest Kids in Class More Likely to be Diagnosed with ADHD

Children who are the youngest in their class are more likely than their older classmates to be diagnosed and given medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- suggesting that immaturity may be part of the problem, not ADHD.

What's Hot? 3/2/12

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

Bully-Victims 3x More Likely to Have Suicidal Thoughts by Age 11

Researchers found children who are both victims and bullies ('bully-victims'), are at highly increased risk of considering suicide, or have planned and engaged in suicidal or self-harming behavior by 11-12 years of age.

Teenage Brains Particularly Vulnerable to Concussions

A new study indicates teens may be more vulnerable to the effects of concussions than either adults or younger children.

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