Bright colored lights as two hand exchange a pill at a party. Could this be the first step toward teen addiction?
    September 30, 2016
    How to Reduce the Possibility of Teen Addiction

    How teen addiction begins At one time or another, most teens find themselves in situations that involve making difficult decisions regarding alcohol and drugs. The choices teens make can not only hav…

    April 18, 2014
    Reporting Behaviors of Concern

    Yesterday we talked about specific behaviors of concern that may tell you that someone is sexually abusing or being abused. Now we’re going to talk about what to do if you see a behavior of concern …

    April 17, 2014
    Child Sexual Abuse – The Warning Signs

    Adult sexual abusers groom children (and their parents) rather methodically. By paying attention to warning signs, adults can disrupt behaviors of concern to protect from child sexual abuse. Behaviors…

    April 16, 2014
    Choosing Safe Caregivers

    In most cases of child sexual abuse, the abuser is alone with the child, has authority over the child, and takes advantage of the child’s trust. With this in mind, how can you choose safe authority …

    April 15, 2014
    Courageous Conversations – Speaking up for Children

    When I started doing prevention education in the 1980’s, the focus was on empowering kids to say “No” should they find themselves in a vulnerable situation. At some point, however, it became cle…

    April 11, 2014
    What to Do If You Suspect a Concussion

    Concussions pose a serious threat to the developing brains of children and adolescents. Unfortunately, there is no single sign or symptom that positively indicates that a concussion has occurred. The …

    April 10, 2014
    Concussion Symptoms

    A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly from one side to another. Children can …

    April 9, 2014
    Second Impact Syndrome

    Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) is a serious brain condition that can occur when a second concussion is suffered before the effects of a previous concussion have healed. With SIS, acute and often fatal b…

    April 7, 2014
    The State of Head Trauma Among Student Athletes

    Participating in sports can add an important dimension to a child’s life. In addition to boosting self-confidence and fostering a lifelong interest in physical fitness, lessons learned on the playin…

    December 6, 2013
    Starting the Digital Citizenship Conversation

    The Oxford Dictionaries recently named “Selfie” their 2013 Word of the Year – proof that technology is shaking things up and that devices, apps, and services aren’t going anywhere fast. But ev…

    December 5, 2013
    Talking to Teens about Waiting

    It’s not that talk, don’t worry. I mean waiting to post or share. We talk a lot about thinking before you post – don’t say something in the heat of the moment that you may regret later – but…

    December 3, 2013
    Understanding Teens, Privacy, and Online Identity

    Today’s teens are easily the most private and reputation-focused of the age groups. Try getting a sixteen year old to explain their day as more than “fine” – it’s about as challenging as con…

    September 20, 2013
    Hooked On Cyber-Life: When Screen Time Replaces Family Time

    Digital addiction. I always hear about how parents believe their kids or teens are addicted to the Internet and especially their cell phones. The word addiction is usually related to substance abuse, …

    September 19, 2013
    Being a Social Media Role Model and Mentor

    I often talk about parents and their part in leading by example, both online and off. Children are very impressionable and will often mimic their parents’ habits—good and bad. Since online behavio…

    September 18, 2013
    There Is No Rewind Button on the Internet: Pause to Think Before You Post

    What you share is as important as how you share it. Over sharing is an area that both kids and adults can be guilty of. It is important to understand what is appropriate and what crosses the line, dig…

    September 17, 2013
    Teen Online Reputation Building: Making the World-Wide-Web Your Friend

    Building a positive online reputation (digital footprint) should be a requirement of owning a computer. Our kids, especially in high  school need to think about teen online reputation building as par…

    September 16, 2013
    Smile, You Are On the World-Wide-Web

    Yes, within seconds your life can go viral. A simple click of a mouse or tap of a keypad and your digital world is soaring through cyberspace. The Internet is one of the greatest educational tools yet…

    Football, Heatstroke, and Head Injuries
    August 12, 2003
    Football, Heatstroke, and Head Injuries

    The statistics are in, and happily there were no deaths from heatstroke among U.S. football players during the 2002 season (or so far in 2003), according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports…

    Teen Alcohol Consumption Shockingly High
    February 26, 2002
    Teen Alcohol Consumption Shockingly High

    Even though the legal drinking age in the United States is 21, more than a quarter of all alcohol consumed here is drunk by people under the age of 20! Experts at Columbia University's National Center…

    Do Graduated Driver's Licenses Work?
    October 6, 2001
    Do Graduated Driver’s Licenses Work?

    Automobile collisions remain the leading cause of death among US teens. The youngest drivers are the most likely to crash, so a number of states have experimented with graduated driver licensing (GDL)…