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Is Suicide Contagious? What Robin Williams' Death Means for Young People

Kara Powell | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Kara Powell

Equally important as observing teenagers this week is engaging in conversation with them. Ask them what they think of Robin Williams' life, work, and death. Share that suicide is one of the most common forms of death for young people, and ask them if they know anyone who has ever talked about taking their own life.

We Need a Hero: Bill O'Dowd of Dolphin Films Talks Mattel's Max Steel

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

All we really need to do is watch a teenager playing a video game -- trance-like and oblivious to the world around them -- to know that entertainment, in every way shape or form, can change the way we think and act. Personally, I found the deepest meaning of this concept last summer, while visiting a filmmaker for a piece I was writing on him.

15 More Things To Add To Your Teenage Bucket List

The Huffington Post | Jessica Kane | Posted 08.14.2014 | Teen

Give yourselves a pat on the back, guys -- teens are working harder today than ever before (but you already knew that). The problem is, between attend...

The Most Annoying Things That Teachers Say

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

To give everyone a better idea, I had my students list the most annoying things that their teachers (including me) say, and, some of my amazing colleagues and I decided to turn that list into a Vine.

What Schools Don't Talk About When They Talk About Bullying

Izzy Baird | Posted 10.12.2014 | Teen
Izzy Baird

It is time for us to turn the bullying conversation around. We have seen that targeting bullies does not work, so we need to find a new approach.

Taking Charge of the Media - Amplifying the Stories of Afghan-American Teen Girls

The Advice Project | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
The Advice Project

Because of the bombardment of negative media images, it's not enough to throw only a few positive images and examples of powerful women into the mix. We must talk about those images with girls.

Teen Interrupted

Alisa Schindler | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

I watch his hulking, itching to grow pre-teen body go. He's so far from that little boy in the crib, but there's still some baby left in there. And just like with all the milestones, this leap to teenager is bittersweet.

Tough Love: My Most Excruciating Night as a Parent

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

During the four months before my son turned 18, I think I saw him maybe 12 times. He would leave early in the morning and return late in the evening. When our paths did cross, his eyes were glazed over.

The Word We Don't Want our Kids to Rely On

Jillayna Adamson | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Jillayna Adamson

We tell our kids and teenagers all the time that they are special. We do. We tell them they are unique and we work to boost their self-esteem. We want them to be propelled into the world thinking they have advantages over others because of who they are. But what are the downfalls?

When the Baby You Adore Becomes a Teenager

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Unlike the deep bouts of doubt I once had over whether I was a good actor or singer, or the doubts I can have today over whether I'm a good writer, blogger, gardener or even friend, I don't have too many over my ability as a mother.

9 Back-to-School Tips To Avoid Flunking Fall

Debra Fine | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Debra Fine

Because the summer usually offers many freedoms -- later nights, lazier mornings and space in between to just be a kid -- the structure of a fall schedule can be a bit jarring for the under-20 crowd.

Send your Kids Back to School With Confidence

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Change is hard for everyone and we have to help our children through this change with positive self-talk and reminding them of all their positive virtues.

From 13 to 23: A Study in Artificial Maturity

Tim Elmore | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Dr. Allen suggested that while they chase popularity, young teens miss a critical developmental period.

The Vital Component Often Missed When Heading Back to School

Michelle Bersell | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Michelle Bersell

Going back to school is a huge transition for kids, mentally and emotionally. If they are entering a new school, whether that's middle school, high school, or college, it is an even bigger transition.

How To Help Your Teen Sleep As School Begins

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 10.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

School starts for John in a few weeks. He is now in a position to excel. It is my heartfelt hope that all children and teens will get the attention and support they need to sleep better and be at their best.

Springboard or Crisis? The 'Talent Show Experience'

David Kleeman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Entertainment
David Kleeman

When we place children into stressful situations for which they are developmentally unprepared, we take a huge risk with their psyches. At what age can a child truly give "informed consent"?

Problems Connecting with Your Teen? Try These Three Magic Words

Renee Jain | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents
Renee Jain

Your children want to connect with you. They want to show you who they really are. They want to know that you understand what they're going through. Start your dialog with empathy so you can truly help them navigate emotional challenges.

Betting On Teens In Wearable Tech

Carrie Yury | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Carrie Yury

Tapping into and extending imagination, and engaging social behavior, wearable technology for teens could have a huge impact on the teen-focused gaming and entertainment industries.

The Day I Stopped Hiding From Bullies

Ashley Allen | Posted 09.29.2014 | Women
Ashley Allen

How could I go back and face that lunch table with no ally, no disguise, no excuse to hide behind? I was always hiding, and I suddenly realized I was sick of it. Why should I hide, I thought, when none of this is my fault?

How Neil Young Saved Me During High School

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Like most teenagers, music was my passion, and the music I loved defined me. Back when there were record players and 33 RPM albums with creatively rendered covers that opened like books, I collected and listened, read the liner notes and knew the words to hundreds of songs by heart.

Summer in the '70s: Teen Angst, New Friends and Rock and Roll

Tom Cramer | Posted 09.28.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Having attended the same public school since kindergarten, after 6th grade I had to move to a new town. I didn't want to hear about going back to school at all, knowing I had to start 7th grade at a Catholic school, where I didn't know anyone.

5 Expensive Mistakes Parents of a Teen Driver Should Avoid

Laura Adams | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Laura Adams

Having a teenage driver is a hair-raising experience that can keep parents awake at night. And, as if that wasn't enough, parents also get hit with an enormous spike in their auto insurance premium after adding junior to their policy.

3 Words I Wish All Parents Would Remember

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

I know you think that all of your actions are in the best interest of your child, but I want to share some lessons learned in the hope that you stop doing some of those seemingly well-intentioned things. I was forced to stop. I hope you choose to.

The Road to Equality in Media... So Far

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J Nelson Aviance

The world has changed a lot in the past few decades, but gay men still face violence and abuse. Anyone cognizant of current events recognizes that we haven't come far enough in trans inclusiveness, and lesbians and bisexual people still get left out in the cold too often.

My 14-Year-Old Wants to Have Sex

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 09.21.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Help her make a choice she can later be proud of: one that reflects her understanding that sex is something very special and worth waiting for.