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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.
'Sleep Debt' Tied to Attention Trouble in Teens

High school students who catch up on sleep over the weekend do worse on attention tests in school than kids who don't get extra shuteye, according to a new study.

Illegal Drug Use Up in U.S.

The number of Americans using illegal drugs has continued to rise, reaching 22.6 million, or 8.9 percent of the population, in 2010, a new government survey shows.

Children More Likely to Drink and Drive if Parents Drink

Parents who drink -- even moderately -- may increase the risk that their children will drive under the influence as adults, a new study has found.

What's Hot? 9/9/11

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

March Break is Prime Time for Teen Conception

A new study suggests that the conception rate in March among adolescents in that region is higher than other months and could be linked to the annual break students get from their studies.

Absent Fathers Affect Boys' Development, Behaviors

Boys who grow up without a dad around are more likely to reach puberty later, but father their own children earlier, according to a new study.

Apps, Social Networks Pose New Threat to Kids

There is a rising threat to kids who habituate the Internet: the likelihood that a popular mobile app or social-networking service will invade their privacy.

Close Bond With Mom Helps Keep Teen Boys Safe

A boy's relationship with his mother changes as he grows up and the way it changes can affect his behavior when he's a teen, a new study says.

What's Hot? 9/2/11

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

Teen Boys Drink Most Sugary Drinks

On average, males ages 12 through 19 drink the equivalent of nearly two cans of soda each day.

Doctors' Groups Say Teens Shouldn't Box

Teens and boxing are a bad combination, doctors say.

Pillow Talk Wearing Phone-Obsessed Teens Out

Eighty percent of teens polled say they sleep with their phones.

Kids Multitask Using Multi-Screens

Children are using up to five screens at a time including mobile phones, laptops, games consoles and television because they are now bored with just focusing on one.

Facebook Moves Privacy Settings to Individual Posts

Facebook is unveiling improvements for sharing posts, photos, tags and places with exactly the people a user wants to see the content.

Social Networking Increases Risk of Teen Drug Abuse

Time spent social networking increases the risk of teens smoking, drinking and using drugs, according to a national survey of American attitudes on substance abuse.

Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2015

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall.

Happy Teens Usually Crime-Free

A new study helps support the notion that happy young teens are more likely to avoid crime.

What's Hot? 8/19/11

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

U.S. Child Poverty Rate Hits 20%

Over the past decade, child poverty grew in 38 states. Economic recession and housing foreclosures are among the major reasons, wiping out earlier gains, a new report finds.

Expelled Teen Charged in Plot to Bomb School

Police on Wednesday said they had prevented an attack on a Tampa high school after arresting an expelled student and discovering materials at his home to make pipe bombs.

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