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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.
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.

Excess Weight in Young Adulthood Predicts Shorter Lifespan

Being heavy in young adulthood can lead to earlier death, even if a person loses weight later.

Should Bert and Ernie Get Married?

A battle is brewing over the marital status of two Sesame Street characters. An online campaign has been started to have Bert and Ernie marry, in order to show support for LBGT children.

What's Hot? 8/12/11

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

Kids Who Use Facebook Do Worse in School

That Facebook is hugely distracting is hardly stop-the-presses kind of news, but parents might be dismayed to learn that the social-media site can hobble learning and make kids less healthy and more depressed.

iGen: 25% of 2-Year-Olds Have Used a Smartphone

The nascent iGen - the generation following Millennials - is learning to use technology, being given access by their Gen X and Gen Y mothers.

Teens See More Sex on TV Than Online

According to new research, young people are much more likely to be exposed to sexual material through television and music than they are through websites and video games.

Living Together Too Much Commitment for Emerging Adults

A growing number of young American adults are engaging in what's called "stayover relationships."

What's Hot? 8/5/11

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

GM Pilot Project Allows Parents to Track Teen Drivers

Parents will be able to track the real-time location of their teenagers when they are driving, under a pilot program unveiled by General Motors Co.'s OnStar unit.

1 in 5 Teens Abuse Prescribed Medications

A new study finds that more than 1 in 5 teens abuse strong medications prescribed to them by their doctors.

Study Finds No Link Between Adolescent Cancer and Cellphones

A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has found no link between the use of cellphones and development of brain tumors in adolescents.

Sexual Assault Doesn't Cause Binge Drinking in Girls

Teenage girls who develop post-traumatic stress disorder after being sexually assaulted aren't at increased risk for binge drinking, new research shows.

Outlook on Back-To-School Spending

A new study from American Express reports that while parents say they will not scrimp on what kids need to start the school year, it won't be painless.

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