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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.

What's Hot? 9/30/11

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

911 (x5)

A woman in blue creates an unlikely passage for my son

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.

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