Self-Harm on the Rise

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay. Teen girls are much more likely to self-harm than boys, and the dangerous practice is on the rise. That’s the conclusion of a new British study that also found a strong link between self-harm — practices such as cutting or burning oneself — and a higher risk of suicide. Researchers reviewed information from nearly 650 general practices in the United Kingdom. The records had data on almost 9,000 patients aged 10 to 19 who self-harmed between 2001 and 2014. The investigators compared those children to more than 170,000 kids who didn’t self-harm, matched for age and gender. The rate of self-harm was about three times higher

The Importance of Rules

The article originally appeared at Twenty-three small artificial jetties constructed of granite boulders jutted into the Atlantic Ocean. Built to prevent beach erosion, the jetties obstructed four miles of the barrier island’s beachfront property. Our family rule about the jetties was as resolute as the jetties themselves: No climbing on the rocks. One summer, our son failed to “give careful thought to the paths for [his] feet and be steadfast in all [his] ways” (Proverbs 4:26). His seven-year-old curiosity and inclination to climb enticed him to scramble to the top of a jetty. “Brandon, get off those rocks before you … ” My husband’s lips were in

Online Friends are Important

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Daily News. Although many adults might believe that kids today aren’t skilled at real, face-to-face interaction with other humans because of the vast amount of screen time they engage in, a new study shows that they’re not missing out on gaining essential interpersonal skills after all. Teenagers spend a ton of time on their cellphones, texting friends, sending selfies and interacting on social media apps and their parents tend to worry that they’re not engaging in enough literal face time with others. New research from the University of California, Irvine, says, however, that teens gain the same personal benefits through these dig

Don't Let Your Kids Have a TV in their Bedroom

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on PsychCentral. New research suggests that when a child has a TV or video games in their bedroom, negative consequences may happen. Iowa State University investigators discovered bedroom access to TV or video games resulted in children spending less time reading, sleeping or participating in other activities. In turn, these children did not do as well in school and were at greater risk for obesity and video game addiction. Douglas Gentile, lead author and professor of psychology, says the research shows the location of video access really does matter for kids. Researchers were able to track the detrimental effects over a period of si

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