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The Cleveland Consent Decree

With the advent of cell phone video technology and social media access to uncensored, unedited video uploaded to the internet, people the world over have witnessed horrific brutality against African Americans, perpetrated by members of America’s police forces. Some of these were: 1) an African American man, stopped because of a broken tail light was shoot 8 times in the back, and legs, KILLED by a Police officer in Charleston, South Carolina 2) An African American a naked, unarmed, Air Force veteran shot and killed by a white male police officer in DeKalb County, Georgia,3) An African American man was shot and killed during a “stop and frisk” encounter in Los Angeles ; 4) In Baltimore, a young...

posted on: Jun 30, 2015 | author: Safety Issues

Three Fun and Safe Travel Destinations for your High School Graduate...

Believe it or not, your first-born baby—you know, the one you labored with for 21 hours and who you cried over for an hour on the first day of preschool—is now an independent, funny, and successful high school senior. To celebrate this amazing rite-of-passage, your teen would love to go on a short vacation with some of his or her friends. You’ve talked with the other parents and everyone is okay with the idea, provided that they go someplace safe and that they check in via text on a regular basis. Fortunately, there are plenty of great places for teens to travel together that won’t turn you into a massive worry wart the entire time they are gone…well,...

Three Fun and Safe Travel Destinations for your High School Graduate
posted on: May 15, 2015 | author: Safety Issues

Choosing the Right Motorcycle Helmet for Your Teen...

You were nervous as you balanced your child through his first training wheel-free bike ride in the park. He wobbled, you steadied him and finally let go. Now, years later, you’re watching him soar through the air on his motorcycle, in control of every precise movement. You still feel nervous. With motorcycle related deaths doubling from 1999 to 2008 and still rising, it’s no wonder you’re worried. Put your mind at ease with the right motorcycle helmet that will keep your teen safe from serious head injuries. The Basics When choosing a helmet, the first thing to look for is a full face design. Full face helmets keep the entire face protected. Their clear eye shields keeps a...

Choosing the Right Motorcycle Helmet for Your Teen
posted on: Oct 3, 2014 | author: Safety Issues

Preventing and Treating Alcohol Abuse in Kids...

Parents want to understand why young people turn to alcohol at such an early age. When a child is going through his adolescent stage in life, his developmental process sometimes includes the desire to take risks and experience new challenges. These milestones in a child’s life are not, by themselves, negative actions but they can be part of the reasons why an adolescent would start to drink alcohol. More specific reasons for alcohol abuse in children include peer pressure and stress. It is understandable for teens to want to fit in with their peers but parental intervention is necessary to make sure their children are not influenced by the use of alcohol by friends or classmates. Financial and...

Preventing and Treating Alcohol Abuse in Kids
posted on: Oct 7, 2012 | author: Kala

Teen Cosmetics Contain Toxic Chemicals...

EWG is a watchdog group with a special concern on hazards found in consumer products. The EWG says its study is the first-of-its-kind in examining the chemical composition of cosmetic products for young people. The study covers an evaluation of blood and urine samples from 20 teenage girls (aged 14-19) coming from 8 different states and the District of Columbia. The teens represent different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. On the average, they used about 17 cosmetic products each day, all of which had 174 unique ingredients. The analysis shows the presence of 16 toxic chemicals in the blood and urine samples. These include various preservatives, fragrance and antimicrobial compounds. The researchers said that in previous researches conducted on...

Teen Cosmetics Contain Toxic Chemicals
posted on: Sep 24, 2010 | author: Staff writer

Is Sending Nude Photos of Yourself A Crime?...

Teens seem to perceive — quite wrongly — that there is no risk to them when they do this. The sexual images, once taken and sent digitally, give the receivers the ability to do anything they please with it. Pictures that get published on the Internet can remain on it forever, and thus haunt the individual for a very long time. It is also against the law. Taking nude pictures of oneself and distributing it to others through cell phones or the Internet can attract charges of pornography, possession of criminal tools, illegal use of a minor in pornographic material, and other crimes. * Last week, a 15-year-old high school girl in Ohio was charged with a felony...

Is Sending Nude Photos of Yourself A Crime?
posted on: Mar 5, 2010 | author: Staff writer

Car Surfing: Deadly at Any Speed

The CDC warns parents and teenagers that car surfing is very dangerous. As defined in the CDC report, car surfing is a “thrill-seeking activity that involves riding on the exterior of a moving motor vehicle while it’s being driven by someone else.” One variation of car surfing is where the surfer on the hood of a moving car. The driver of the car might brake suddenly, causing the surfer to fly off the hood. The injuries caused are usually serious, even fatal. For this report, the CDC reviewed newspaper archives looking for news reports of deaths and injuries resulting from car surfing. They found a total of 58 deaths and 41 nonfatal injuries connected to car surfing. Most...

Car Surfing: Deadly at Any Speed
posted on: Oct 17, 2008 | author: Staff writer

Are Teen Suicides on the Rise?

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, basically computes a hypothetical “what-if” situation if the trend line had continued. In the first step, the research team examined the suicide trends for teenagers aged 10 to 19, specifically for the period 1996-2003 when the rates followed a downward slope. Using the established trend line, the researchers then made a forecast of the suicide rate for 2005 if the trend continued. The forecast suicide rate was 3.8 deaths per 100,000 teens in 2005. But the actual suicide rate reached 4.49 deaths per 100,000. The difference between the two was statistically significant. The research team leader thinks this apparent change in trend should raise alarm bells, particularly...

Are Teen Suicides on the Rise?
posted on: Sep 6, 2008 | author: Staff writer

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