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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.
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.

What's Hot? 9/30/11

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

As Minds Get Quicker, Teenagers Get Smarter

Adolescents become smarter because they become mentally quicker.

Sleepy Teens More Likely to Have Risky Behavior

Most teens don't get enough sleep, putting them at greater risk for a slew of unhealthy behaviors, from physical inactivity to fighting, according to a new U.S. study.

Cost of Raising a Child Skyrockets

The cost of raising a child from birth to age 18 for a middle-income, two-parent family (not including college), has skyrocketed nearly 40% -- or more than $60,000 -- from 10 years ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Diet Key to Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Problems

Researchers have found that poor diet may be a risk factor for mental health problems during adolescence.

What's Hot? 9/23/11

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

Family Dinners Linked to Less Risky Behavior in Teens

"The Importance of Family Dinners VII" study shows that teens who eat dinner five to seven times a week with their families are less likely to engage in at-risk behaviors than teens who had fewer than three family dinner per week.

Another Teen Suicide Linked to Bullying

14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer was found dead after an apparent suicide. He left no note. But his parents say he was bullied for years in middle school.

Few Suicidal Teens Get the Help They Need

More than 70% of teenagers with suicidal thoughts don't obtain mental health services, a new study shows.

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