In the Know: Tweeting with Your Teens, Cyberbullying, and More

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Alcohol & Impulsiveness

A University of Liverpool study suggests teens with impulsive personality traits are more likely to drink heavily and to develop alcohol abuse issues later in life. The study is significant because identifying at-risk adolescents allows early prevention strategies to be implemented.

HPV Vaccine

A CDC survey found only a little over half of girls aged 13–17 have been given routine human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, despite recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that preteen boys and girls get them. HPV symptoms take years to appear, but the virus can lead to female vaginal and vulvar cancer and penile cancer in men. 

Tweeting with Your Teens

Being Facebook friends with your teen may strengthen your relationship, say researchers at Brigham Young University, whose recent study showed that kids who interact with their parents on social media feel more connected, are kinder, and are less likely to become aggressive or depressed. Don’t go too far, though, say the study’s authors, suggesting that parents should limit media contact to the occasional positive comment.

Cyberbullying Side Effects

Adolescents who are victims of cyberbullying, internet or "mobile" harassment, are more likely to become depressed, abuse substances, or suffer from Internet addiction, according to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health

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