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Harnessing adolescents’ readiness to help can be good for them and their communities. YAKOBCHUK VIACHESLAV/Shutterstock.com

Adolescents have a fundamental need to contribute

Teens get a bad rap as selfish, dangerous risk-takers. But neuroscience and psychology research is revising that image: Adolescents are primed to help those around them, with positive benefits for all.
Physical violence in dating relationships has decreased over the past decade among youth, but boys are still reporting higher rates of dating violence, according to a recent study. (Shutterstock)

More boys hurt by dating violence than girls

Surprisingly, a study of more than 35,000 Canadian adolescents shows that boys report higher rates of dating victimization than girls.
Boosting someone else may deliver a mood boost to you too. Mohamed Nohassi/Unsplash

Teens who feel down may benefit from picking others up

Psychology researchers found that daily acts of kindness were linked to increases in positive mood – especially for teens who felt depressed.
Normal negative emotions are actually growth promoting and essential for human development and adaptation. They prompt us to address life challenges and opportunities and to develop resilience. (Shutterstock)

Is my child depressed? Being moody isn’t a mental illness

Youth mental illness rates are not rising. We don’t need more pills or therapy. We need to stop pathologizing normal life.
Teen sexting has been on the rise over the last decade as smartphones have become more available; meanwhile teen sex has declined. (Shutterstock)

One in seven teens are ‘sexting,’ says new research

Teen sexting is on the rise. Boys and girls are equally likely to share sexually explicit imagery but girls report feeling more pressure to sext and more judgement about how they do it.
Most parents are unaware just how easily available ‘hardcore’ porn has become. Chepko Danil Vitalevich/Shutterstock.com

Parents need to start talking to their tweens about the risks of porn

While parents are growing more concerned about their children's easy access to porn, they often don't realize just how 'hardcore' and violent it has become and how early their kids are seeing it.
In the past, kids couldn’t wait to get their driver’s licenses. Now? Not so much. Jenn Huls

Why today’s teens aren’t in any hurry to grow up

Should parents be worried that many teens are putting off traditional rites of passage like working, driving and dating?
Their hormones mean they still need zzz’s even when they’re already supposed to be in homeroom. Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock.com

Sleepy teenage brains need school to start later in the morning

Teenagers aren't just lazy. Their sleep hormones aren't calibrated to let them get up and go until later in the morning – which has academic and health consequences when school starts too early.

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