Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer offers teens more time for risk-taking

Daily Center Times (online) July 7:

"Summertime in Happy Valley is without a doubt one of the most pleasant times of the year. While summer is a great time for relaxing and taking it easy, parents can’t afford to ease up on expectations and monitoring. The long, lazy days without classes or homework mean more free time for kids of all ages. Unsupervised, unstructured time can result in an increase in risky behaviors. The problem of underage drinking reaches its peak in the summer. Early alcohol use has been linked to greater sexual risk-taking, academic difficulties, other substance use, and criminal or violent behavior. It also is the primary contributor to adolescent death from homicide and suicide in the United States..."
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