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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.
Mom and Dad Can be Held Responsible for Teen Drinking

...even if they didn't know it was going on in their home.

App Downloads Hit Record High

For the first time in a single week, more than 1 billion apps were downloaded. Buoyed by new devices given as Christmas gifts, 1.2 billion apps were downloaded in the last week of December.

New Year's Resolutions Your Family Can Live With

I think that with the right attitude going in, the following resolutions can help to get the New Year off to a positive start.

What's Hot? 12/23/11

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

Teens Who Express Differences With Mom Might Resist Peer Pressure

Teens who express their own views in discussions with mom — even if they disagree — are more likely to resist peer pressure to use drugs or alcohol, according to a new study.

Underage Drinking Boosts Criminal Activity

A new study finds that there is a strong association between childhood drinking and criminal activity.

Nearly 1 in 3 Young U.S. Adults Have Arrest Records

By the time they're old enough to vote, roughly one in four Americans has had at least one criminal arrest. By age 23, the numbers rise to an estimated 33 percent.

Fewer Kids Exposed to Unwanted Sexual Content Online

Kids are not being exposed as much to unwanted sexual solicitations or porn on the Internet, according to a new study.

What's Hot? 12/16/11

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

U.S. Teen Mobile Data Usage Skyrockets

We already knew that teens out-text the rest of us, but this year their mobile data consumption accelerated at an unprecedented rate as well.

Teen Smoking at Historic Lows, but Marijuana Use High

Cigarette and alcohol use among teens is at the lowest level in decades, but marijuana use is on the rise, according to the latest "Monitoring the Future" survey conducted by the National Institutes of Health.

Depression and Binge Eating Linked in Teen Girls

Depression and binge eating may go hand in hand among teenage girls as new research shows that teen girls who are depressed are twice as likely to binge eat or overeat.

One in Five UK Parents Use Gadgets as In-Home Intercom with Kids

In another sign of how technology can foster more communication, a new survey in Britain found that one in five parents use tech gadgets to talk to their own children while inside the same home.

What's Hot? 12/9/11

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

If Parents Drink and Drive, Their Kids May Too

Teens whose parents drink and drive are much more likely to do so themselves, a new U.S. government study finds.

Trashy MTV Reality Shows Primarily Use Women to Trash Women

A new study of MTV's reality shows finds women engage in a whopping 88 percent of the shows’ sexual dialogue, insult each other much more than the men.

Circle of Friends Key to Adopting Healthy Habits

Interested in adopting healthier habits? You have a better chance of success if you find a friend with similar traits to share the experience, a new study suggests.

Sexting Numbers Among Teens Lower Than Thought

Teen sexting is a real problem, but not the pervasive scourge some reports have suggested, according to the first detailed national study on youths who share sexual images on phones and the Internet.

What's Hot? 12/2/11

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

Bullies Use Sexual Taunts to Hurt Teen Girls

Psychologist reports sexual taunts (using words like "slut") are a common refrain for young teen and tween bullies.

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