Are You Over-Helping Your College-Bound Teen?
In light of the recent college admissions scandal, this article is a must-read for parents of children who will be applying to college in the near future—and food for thought for parents of kids of all ages and stages. It helps parents see that when they over-help by removing obstacles or challenges on life's path, they are only hurting their child in the long-run. The article also provides tips on how to truly guide children through difficulties and disappointments. Read the full article in English or Spanish.
Pediatricians Working To Educate Parents Who Worry About Vaccines.
CBS News (5/12) reports on different efforts to persuade parents to vaccinate their children, particularly by dispelling misinformation that vaccines cause autism. The article quotes pediatricians discussing how they approach the matter and how they talk with parents who might be concerned about the safety of vaccines. The article also suggests that as research reveals more about the true causes of autism, the debunked link to vaccines might lose more of its potency.
Teen Smoking, Vaping On The Rise In Atlanta, Georgia.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (5/10) reported that “smoking among teens...is on the rise nationwide and in metro Atlanta, and a likely part of the reason is a new technology – e-cigarettes – that allows students to sneak hits of nicotine and other substances banned on school grounds.” Although “many young users don’t know it, e-cigarettes deliver high levels of nicotine, raising fears about the impact on the sensitive, developing brains of young people and hooking a new generation on the potent drug.” Dr. Rachel Boykan, “a co-author of a study released last month by The American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the executive committee of the academy’s section on tobacco control,” said, “The subjects in our study who used vaping devices described much more addictive behavior than the ones who smoked (regular) cigarettes. ... The high concentration of nicotine itself is a concern.”
Two-Thirds Of Parents Surveyed Have Read Texts While Driving, And More Than Half Have Also Written Texts, Researchers Say
Reuters (5/13) reports, “More than half of U.S. parents believe it’s unsafe to text while driving, but most of them do it anyway,” researchers concluded after surveying “435 parents in 45 U.S. states.” The study revealed that “52 percent of millennial parents (22 to 37 years old) and 58 percent of older parents said they thought it was ‘never’ safe to text and drive,” but nearly “two-thirds of parents have read texts while driving, and more than half of them have also written texts.” What’s more, “roughly three in four parents said they didn’t recall their child’s pediatrician speaking to them about distracted driving or the dangers of texting while driving.” The findings were published online in a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics. HealthDay (5/13) also covers the study.
Safe Storage Of Guns Could Prevent Up To A Third Of Gun Suicides And Accidental Child Deaths, Researchers Say
In the New York Times (5/13) “The Upshot,” Aaron E. Carroll, MD, a professor of pediatrics at the Indiana School of Medicine, writes, “Legislators and gun safety advocates often focus on how guns are” bought, even though “many lives could be saved, especially among children, if they looked more at how they are stored.” Just in the past decade alone, “guns killed more than 14,000 American children.” In new research, investigators have found that “even a modest increase in owners who lock up their guns would pay off in an outsize drop in gun deaths.”
CNN (5/13) reports, “US households with children do not safely store firearms in the way the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: locked up and unloaded.” Were parents simply to lock up “all their guns, then up to a third of gun suicides and accidental deaths among children and teens could be avoided, researchers” estimated. The findings were published online in JAMA Pediatrics.
The New York Daily News (5/13) also covers the study.
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