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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.
Apple Brands Dominate Youth Market

The new 2012 Harris Poll Youth EquiTrend® study, by Harris Interactive reveals Apple's computers, iPads and iPhones dominate the technology youth market. The annual study benchmarks the brands that America's youth prefer and those that have the ability to dominate their industries' youth market share.

Teens Hear 34 Liquor Brands a Day in Rap, Hip-Hop Music

For every hour that American teens listen to music, they hear more than three references to brand-name alcohol -- about 34 in the course of day.

What's Hot? 10/21/11

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

IQ Scores of Teens May Change Over Time

A teen's IQ is not set in stone, according to a new study. Instead, the standard measure of intelligence -- often used to predict future success -- can fluctuate dramatically.

Study Shows When Teen Drivers Most Likely to Crash

Teen drivers are about 50 percent more likely to crash in the first month of unsupervised driving than they are after a full year of experience driving on their own.

Parents Distracted While Teaching Kids to Drive

A majority of parents admit being distracted by cellphones or other electronic devices — even while teaching their children to drive.

Study Links Swearing on TV to Teen Aggression

A new study finds that the more profanity teens are exposed to through television and video games, the more accepting they are of swearing and the more likely they are to use profanity themselves. Those kids who swore more were also more likely to engage in physical aggression.

Teens Buzzing for Drunk Gummy Bears

Teens are soaking gummy bears in vodka for several days and eating it to get a buzz.

Close Relationship with Mom Affects Teen Sexual Attitudes

Teen boys who watch a lot of TV and also have a close relationship with their mother are more susceptible to harmful stereotypical views of women and sex, but for girls, a strong attachment to mom acts as a buffer against television's negative effect on sexual views.

What's Hot? 10/14/11

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

91% of Kids (Ages 2 - 17) Are Video Gamers

Fastest growth in video gaming found in the 2-to-5-year-old segment of the population.

Teens Using Condoms More Often, But Not Consistently

Sexually active teens are using condoms more often, but inconsistently, finds a federal survey that asked its largest-ever sample of teens about their sex lives.

Top 20 Games to Watch for Holiday 2011

Nielsen’s Top 20 Games to Watch reveals the most anticipated games of the 2011 holiday season, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 the most coveted among active U.S. gamers.

Mouse Study Finds Chronic Teen Sleep Loss May Impact Brain Growth

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered sleep restriction in adolescent mice prevented the balanced growth of brain synapses.

California Bans Teens From Tanning Salons

California girls wanting a beach-bronzed look will have to get it the natural way, thanks to a new law barring teens under 18 from using tanning beds.

What's Hot? 10/7/11

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

Parent-Teen Conversations About Internet Are Lacking

95 Percent of Parents Think It's Necessary to Talk About Online Security Risks and Behaviors with Their Children, But Only 65 Percent Have Had "The Internet Talk."

Early Bedtime, Early Rising Keeps Teens Fit

A new study suggests that going to bed early and rising early could be a principal factor in combating obesity and enhancing overall fitness for teens.

Teens With Lots of Friends More Likely to Start Drinking

Adolescents with large social networks of friends and acquaintances are more likely to start drinking alcohol than teens who play a less central role in their high school social scene.

Teen's Drinking Swayed by Dating Partner's Friends

Teens are more influenced by the drinking habits of their romantic partners' friends than they are by the habits of their own friends or romantic partners, a new study finds.

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