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Talk to Your Kids About Porn

Parents, this is a fantastic piece about a subject I repeatedly deal with in my ADOLESSONS work-- kids seeing porn before they have real world sexual context in which to process the images they are viewing. Some come across it unintentionally, while others are watching it compulsively. Please read this and consider how you plan to address this very important topic with your own kids. Not talking about it isn't the answer (I know that seems like a tempting option, but it's not a great solution ;-). As parents, we need to get comfortable with these complex conversations. Free, easily accessible, internet porn is not going away, so let's talk about it.

ANGST screening

Sending a huge WOW and THANK YOU to everyone who already registered for this ADOLESSONS event. I am hosting a screening of the documentary film Angst, about anxiety in our kids and teens, on September 21, 2018 at 10:00am at the Palisades Branch Library. The event filled two days ago, but I was able to release a few additional tickets this morning. Please come see this film, and stay for the Q&A, where I will be joined by other medical and mental health professionals. You can RSVP for this complimentary event by clicking on the image above. Registration is necessary, as space is limited. If the event is full before you can get a ticket, please email me through my "contact" page, or at in

STD Rates In US Reach Record High, Says CDC

Preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control show that the number of sexually transmitted infections in the US continued to increase in 2017. 45% of chlamydia cases last year were diagnosed in 15- to 24-year-old girls. Syphillis and gonorrhea were on the rise again this year. The latter is particularly concerning because of increasing rates of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. We have lots of work to do, in terms of education and prevention. Lots.

Half of Teens Think They Spend Too Much Time on Their Phones

A new Pew Research Center survey of teens and parents found that 72% of teens sometimes or often check their phones first thing in the morning. When they are without their phones, 56% of teens associate the absence with at least one of three emotions: loneliness, being upset or feeling anxious. Girls were more likely than boys to feel lonely or anxious without their phone. Here's the good news-- 52% of teens have taken steps to cut back on their mobile phone use. What steps are you taking to support your teen in placing healthy limits on their digital use (or yours ;-)?

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