A new study suggests that teen girls are far more likely than boys to engage in distracted driving behavior.
Mobile devices often get accused of alienating people from the world around them. But for U.S. teens, cell phones (especially text messaging) are a key way to stay connected with friends and other people in their lives, according to new research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Health experts are seeing increased number of people with injuries from their phones. CBC News' Sarah Konsmo reports.
Sierra Leone and Liberia have some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with 15-24 year olds accounting for 40% of such deaths) and two years ago, agencies IPPF and FORWARD listened to hundreds of African voices talking about sexual and reproductive health and rights.
"Sexting" -- the practice of taking sexually explicit photos and sending them to peers via cell phones or the Internet -- may be less common among U.S. adolescents than previous research and media reports have suggested, according to a new nationwide study.
Parents who are concerned about drinking and other risky behavior often try to steer their teenage children away from friends and dating partners whom they consider "bad influences."
If you got your ideas about young black people just from the entertainment industry, you'd think they were all players and baby mamas -- and you'd be sorely mistaken.
Bristol Palin opens up to HLN's Dr. Drew about how hard it is to be a teen mom.
MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" have been called one of the best public service campaigns to prevent teen pregnancy. However, some critics have criticized the shows for "glamorizing" teen pregnancy.
Do you ever feel like conversing with your teen is like talking to a slouching, eye-rolling, well-coiffed mute? If so, you are not alone.
The steady decline in teen smoking has stalled.
When Ruth Jones considers the congressional threat to abolish funding for a major program to prevent teen pregnancy, she thinks of herself at 15.
A teenage suicide bomber kills more than two dozen army recruits at a military training center in northwest Pakistan.
Last week brought the upsetting news that a Tampa, Florida, mother allegedly killed her two adolescent children. Police said she told them they had been "mouthy" to her.
Dear Annie: I read with amusement your recent advice to the summer intern who hoped for a job offer despite a tattoo ("Get hired after an internship," August 20). Great, but how about some help for those of us on the other side of the desk? I'm managing a team of 10 part timers between the ages of 17 and 20 -- and I'd gladly accept tattoos in place of some of their attitudes.
The parents of a teen who died in 2005 learn the medical examiner kept their son's brain. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
If you needed more proof that texting is on the rise, here's a stat for you: the average teenager sends over 3,000 texts per month. That's more than six texts per waking hour.
We talk with the cast of this season's edition of "Dancing with the Stars".
Bristol Palin remains the nation's most famous teen mother. From her GOP convention outing in 2008 to the formal announcement that she will be a glittery hoofer on the popular TV show "Dancing with the Stars," Bristol remains a pop culture tour de force.
If you're the parent of a Christian teenager, Kenda Creasy Dean has this warning:
Forever 21, a clothing chain that attracts many under-21 customers with its inexpensive, trendy fashions, is being questioned about its motives in choosing a select group of states to carry its recently launched maternity line.
Trendy fashion store Forever 21 is drawing controversy with its new maternity clothes. KGUN reports.
Congrats! Your kid landed a summer job in this tight, tight economy.
Sarah Palin's daughter, a teen mother, will reportedly command up to $30,000 per speech to talk about abstinence
A question for those of you who maintain Facebook or other social networking accounts: how many of you friend your parents? How many of you would friend your parents if you were still a teenager? I'm friends with my mom on Facebook, but I can't say for certain whether I would if I were 16. According to a new survey by Retrevo, almost half of parents say that they're friends with their teenagers on social networks.
There's a new danger for teens who text too much. CNN's Ali Velshi takes a look at the impact of too much texting.
As most parents of adolescents know all too well, text messaging has become the preferred method of communication for American teenagers, with one in three teens sending more than 100 texts a day, a new survey says.
After two years of increases, the teen birth rate in the United States declined 2 percent between 2007 and 2008, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
About 20 years ago, 9-year-old Cameron Kocher fired a rifle out of a window of his home in upstate Pennsylvania and hit his 7-year-old neighbor, who was riding on a snowmobile, and killed her.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a new study that shows abstinence-only education may work.
An abstinence-only education program is more effective than other initiatives at keeping sixth- and seventh-graders from having sex within a two-year period, according to a study described by some as a landmark.
They come from all walks of life. One teenage girl cuts her thighs after piano lessons to avoid the crushing pressure for perfection. She sees a therapist twice a week, but she never gets better.
Adolescent children of frequently deployed soldiers are less stressed than conventional wisdom might indicate, according to a recent study.
Welcome to 2010. What is your New Year's resolution? Are you planning on investing more money into the annual $40 billion dieting industry? If so, please think again.
Want to give your teens and preteens a gift they'll use long after they've outgrown Guitar Hero and Hannah Montana? Use the holiday shopping season to teach them some real-life budgeting skills they can apply now and throughout their lives. (Bonus: If you get them to stretch their own dollars, less has to come out of your pockets.) Both giving and receiving can be teachable moments, if you follow this advice:
Nearly one-sixth of teens who own cell phones have received nude or nearly nude images via text message from someone they know, according to a new survey on "sexting" from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Young women should have their first Pap test no sooner than age 21, regardless of when they become sexually active, say new guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Earlier screening for cervical cancer may lead to unnecessary and possibly harmful treatments for an increasingly rare cancer, according to ACOG, the leading U.S. professional organization for obstetricians and gynecologists.
In recent years college students could get credit cards almost as easily as they could score beer. Some 84% of undergrads have at least one card, a Sallie Mae study found, and half carry four or more.
Some children and teens are more likely than their peers to become addicted to the Internet, and a new study suggests it's more likely to happen if kids are depressed, hostile, or have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or social phobia.
After years of speculation and rare case reports, a study suggests that stimulant medication -- mostly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- may have played a role in a handful of cases of sudden, unexplained death in children and adolescents.
Teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. are highest among Latinas. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports
She had many plans for the future: to go to college, start a career, meet the man of her dreams, raise a family -- when the time was right.
Better get your pep talk ready. "It's going to be a bleak summer for kids looking for work," says Andrew Sum, director of Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies.
Dealing with the fallout from the financial crisis -- namely, the anxiety about your job and investments -- is hard enough. Talking about it all with teenage kids can be even more daunting. But it's a conversation worth having, especially now that they're old enough to share the stress. Not only can you ease their concerns, says Atlanta psychologist Mary Gresham, "you can turn these into teaching moments."
Our ship hadn't quite left port when I handed my teenager a present: a lovely leather-bound notebook with lined pages and a variety of colorful pens. His mission was to keep a cruise journal, a tell-all, remember-the-moments account of his days (and nights) on the high seas.
As many as one in eight teens in the United States may take a virginity pledge at some point, vowing to wait until they're married before having sex. But do such pledges work? Are pledge takers more likely than other teens to delay sexual activity?
Any parent with a teenager is familiar with how difficult it may be for them to get enough sleep. But some parents are finding help in a little pill: melatonin, a dietary supplement that helps regulate the body's sleep cycle. But should they?
Sexual content on television is strongly associated with teen pregnancy, a new study from the RAND Corporation shows.
Jury selection began Tuesday for a Missouri woman accused in the case of a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide after she was the target of a hoax on the Web site MySpace.com.
A Rand Corp. study finds that teens exposed to the most sexual content on TV are twice as likely to become pregnant before age 20
With 1 in 4 U.S. teens becoming dropouts, tough new federal regulations will start to measure schools by how many students graduate within four years
He's "blessed" to help high school freshman on the gridiron – and teen girls online
About one in four teen girls last year got the groundbreaking vaccine that prevents cervical cancer, federal health officials reported Thursday.
The number of teen suicides has fallen slightly but the rate remains disturbingly high, researchers said
The revelation that Bristol Palin, the 17-year-old daughter of GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is five months pregnant puts teen pregnancy squarely in the spotlight again this summer.
Bristol Palin, the 17-year-old daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, became the center of the media spotlight this week after her pregnancy was revealed.
The mayor of Gloucester, Massachusetts, says there's no proof teens at one school formed a pregnancy pact.
Teen pregnancies rose in the United States for the first time since 1991, the National Institutes of Health reported Friday.
Forget the screaming and scandal. Is it possible the pregnancy pact is a sign of maturity? Nancy Gibbs thinks so
After a report by TIME that a group of high school girls made a pact to get pregnant, top school officials are raising questions
Young girls fight to overcome poverty, teen pregnancy and drug problems.
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that children taken from a polygamist sect's ranch should be returned to their parents, saying child welfare officials overstepped their authority
In the two years since Warren Buffett decided to give the bulk of his $53 billion fortune to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and charities run by his three children, his youngest son Peter, 50, has said little about his philanthropic plans for his share - stock likely to be worth well over $1 billion - which has kept the nonprofit world buzzing.
In his new book, Doing Anger Differently, Michael Currie explores what's at the core of boys' anger and lays out the dos and don'ts of the parental response.
A Missouri mom was indicted Thursday for her alleged role in the death of a teen who killed herself over a failed Internet romance that turned out to be a hoax.
Police are investigating witness accounts that the suicide bomber who struck the Iraqi town of Abu Ghraib on Wednesday was a teenage boy, a local police official told CNN.
In February Sports Illustrated surveyed 512 randomly selected teenagers, ages 12 to 17, about their use of and attitudes toward steroids and HGH.
Authorities have charged a teenage boy who said he planned to hijack a commercial jetliner in an attempt to commit suicide, an FBI spokesman told CNN late Thursday.
CNN's Judy Fortin looks at how to properly manage diabetes.
Cherie Cruse was devastated when she learned in 2003 that her 4-year-old son Andrew had juvenile diabetes.
Being overweight is bad for kids' health, but a new study finds it's also bad for their education
Caroline Gray, 13 Serial entrepreneur Wellesley, Mass.
For parents of high school kids, the end of summer may bring a merciful end to tense discussions about weeknight curfews and the family car. But beware. Tussles over lunch money and school clothes ...
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School's out for the summer. And while that may be good news for kids who just can't wait to escape the homework, moms and dads may think differently.
Over vigorous objections by Michael Jackson's attorneys, the judge in the pop star's child molestation trial allowed the prosecution to introduce into evidence books seized in a 1993 search of the singer's home that show nude pictures of adolescent boys.
Two men pleaded guilty in Virginia state Tuesday to plotting to recruit young Indonesian women and teenage girls to come to the United States to work as prostitutes and nude dancers, in what Justice Department officials termed "reprehensible" and "evil."
With Michael Jackson entangled in a child molestation case and currently in a spat with rapper Eminem over an unflattering music video, the time may be ripe to anoint a new pop music king.
Learning about HIV in a positive environment with their peers could be life-saving for sexually active African-American teenage girls who are at a high risk for the virus that causes AIDS, according to a study published in the upcoming Journal of the American Medical Association.
New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Wednesday for alleged fraud regarding information about adolescent use of its antidepressant medication Paxil.
The number of teenagers abusing drugs has fallen by 10 percent over the five-year period from 1998 to 2003, according to a new report released Wednesday from The Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
I am sticking my pinkie finger through a stranger's ear. Not through the part that allows you to hear, but through the fleshy lobe. It is pierced. The hole where you would normally insert an earrin...
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Will the Simpsons be as big again this year? No way. The hot tickets in 1991: Texas, country music, white rapper Vanilla Ice, and, yes, tattoos (girls included). So says New Yorker Irma Zandl, 41, ...
New York psychiatrist Mitch Rosenthal, 54, has spent his career disproving what he was taught in medical school about drug abusers: ''Once an addict, always an addict.'' Of the roughly 100 private,...
If you think your teenager's after-school job builds character, instills leadership, and teaches him the value of a buck, think again. For middle- and upper-middle-class offspring, recent research ...
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