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Docs warn about Facebook use and teen depression

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer Yahoo News! Mon Mar 28, 6:45 am ET CHICAGO – Add "Facebook depression" to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors' group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site. Researchers disagree on whether it's simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site. But there are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem, said Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe, a Boston-area pediatrician and lead author of new American Academy of Pediatrics social media guidelines. With in-your-face friends' tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don't measure up. It can be more painful than sittin

The Best Books Are Young Adult Books

Ten Favorite Teen Novels from 2010 By: Sherry Early | Published: in Breakpoint.org February 20, 2011 10:03 PM Topics:  Books ,  Religion & Society ,  Worldview ,  Youth Issues I’m fifty-three years old, and some of the best books I read in 2010 were young adult (YA) novels. These novels, marketed to young people ages 13-21, are the work of some of the best writers working today. Unfortunately, because publishers see the market for YA literature growing in a time when other genres are not selling as well, there is also a lot of rubbish out there, and it can be difficult to separate the excellent from the dreck. Because of the age group, the authors are required to keep it simple—not simplistic, but too many fancy tricks or philosophical meanderings and you lose your target readers. At the same time, there seems to be a tradition in the relatively new field of YA fiction of dealing with Serious Issues: death, coming of age, romantic entanglements, sexuality, self-image, and even Go

How Do You Address Today's Entertainment With Today's Teens?

I received the following on our Facebook fan page from a former classmate of my daughters and is now a teacher at the same Christian school where my wife, Jan, teaches.  I thought you would be interested in her question and my response as it is a common concern with parents and teachers throughout America.   If you are not a "fan" of "Al Menconi Ministries" on Facebook, here's what you missed last week. Her question:  I have a question, how do you address today's music with high school girls? When I was in high school the lyrics were no where near what you hear today and I am at a loss as to how to make an impact while addressing this with a large group of high school girls. My response: Your girls have to see a correlation between their poor choices in ALL forms of entertainment and their spiritual life BEFORE you will be able to discuss entertainment choices. In other words, if it doesn't affect them, why should they care about their music choices?