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What's Hot? 05/02/14

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

Kids Experiencing Less Violence

Fewer American children have been exposed to violent acts such as assault, bullying, sexual victimization and emotional abuse since 2003, a new study finds.

Bullying Rates in Schools Drop Among American Teens

American teens are much less likely to engage in bullying than they were a decade ago, new research suggests.

Adolescent Drinking Linked to Risky Behavior in Adult Rats

A new study conducted in rats offers clues about how teen drinking alters brain chemistry, suggesting early alcohol use has long-term effects on decision-making.

Pot and Booze Combo More Dangerous for Teen Drivers Than Alcohol Alone

Teenagers who mix alcohol and marijuana are more likely to be dangerous on the road than teens who use one or the other drug, a new study suggests.

What's Hot? 04/25/14

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

Altruistic Teens Less Likely to Become Depressed

It is better to give than to receive --- at least if you're an adolescent and you enjoy giving, a new study suggests.

Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5M for Refinements

Yik Yak, the anonymous social media app company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding for its hyper-local chatting app.

Too Little Sleep May Add to Teen Health Problems

Many teens get too little sleep, potentially adding to the problems of kids already at risk for health issues, new research finds.

Concussions Increase Risk of Teen Suicide

In addition to hindering cognitive function, concussions can also increase suicidal tendencies in teenagers, according to a new study.

Loud Talking and Rowdiness Adds to Risks for Teen Drivers

While texting and talking on a cell phone is hazardous for young drivers, old-fashioned distractions such as loud conversations and rowdy passengers also increase risks for teen drivers, according to a new study.

What's Hot? 04/18/14

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

Even Casual Marijuana Use Can Alter Young Brains

A new study shows that young adults who smoke marijuana--even just recreationally--had marked abnormalities in areas of their brains that regulate emotion and motivation.

Video Games Do Not Negatively Impact Teen Academic Performance

A new study using worldwide scholastic results found that video games to not have a negative impact on teen academic performance.

For Many Teens Formal Sex Education Is Too Late

According to a new study among teen girls who were sexually experienced, 83% told interviewers that they didn’t get formal sex education until after they’d lost their virginity.

2014 Prom Spending Down But Still Costly

Visa's annual prom survey shows that the cost families expect to pay this year is down from 2013. But the costs are still shockingly high, averaging just under $1,000.

What's Hot? 04/11/14

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

Booze Brands in Pop Lyrics May Spur Teen Drinking

A new study has found that young people who listen to music that mentions specific alcohol brands are more likely to drink and abuse alcohol.

Stress Hormone May Drive Risk Taking by Teen Motorists

Teens whose brain chemistry is less affected by stressful situations could be at increased risk for car crashes, a small Canadian study suggests.

Parents Are More Aggravated By Their Kids Than In Previous Generations

A new Child Trends research brief says kids aggravate their parents more than they did 15 years ago, creating stress that could lead to less effective parenting.

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