Positive Parenting Tips: As a parent you give your children a good start in life—you nurture, protect and guide them. Parenting is a process that prepares your child for independence. Learn more about your child’s development, positive parenting, safety, and health during the teenage phase of life.
Teen Depression: Depression is different than feeling sad or down. It is a medical condition affecting the way mood is controlled by the brain. Someone with Depression can’t just “snap out of it.” Depression affects the way he or she thinks, feels and acts. It becomes a negative lens through which he or she sees and experiences the world.
Warning Signs of Bullying: There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. It is important to talk with children who show signs of being bullied or bullying others. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to the child can help identify the root of the problem.
Teen Dating Violence Prevention Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
Supporting Your LGBTQ Teen: When LGBTQ teens share their sexual orientation
(or even if they choose not to share it), they may feel rejected by important people in their lives, including their parents. This rejection can negatively influence an
LGBTQ teen’s overall well-being. On the other hand, a positive family environment, with high levels of parental support and low levels of conflict, is associated with LGBTQ youth
who experience healthy emotional adjustment. These teens are less likely to engage in sexual risk behaviors and be involved in violence.
Protecting Your Teen Online: You don’t have to be an expert to talk to your kids about online safety. Whether kids are using a smartphone, a laptop, or a tablet, the conversation is about your expectations when they’re online. This guide offers practical tips about issues including social networking, mobile devices, computer security, sexting, and cyberbullying.
Understanding Youth Violence: Youth violence and crime affect a community’s economic health, as well as individuals’ physical and mental health and well-being. Homicide is the third leading cause of death for youth in our country.