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Teen sleep: Why is your teen so tired? - MayoClinic.com

Teen sleep: Why is your teen so tired? - MayoClinic.com | Stay In Control Semester 2 | Scoop.it
Teen sleep cycles may not match family and school schedules. Help them synchronize.
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Sleeping issues are so common in teenagers today and many people just accept it as normal. This article can help teens with sleeping problem and show how to prevent it. The articles audience is a parent, they are giving advice to them on how to help fix their teens sleeping patterns- this is still helpful for teenagers because it's the information that matters. It starts by relating to what most teenagers do- stay up late and want to sleep in late. It gives reasons for this and how puberty has affected their body clock. It gives statistics on how many hours on average most teens sleep which is surprisingly low compared to how much you should get. It then shows the risks of not enough sleep- usually you would think that not enough sleep would only make you tired, but this article shows differently. It shows how it can cause sleep deprivation, which can lead to bad results socially, educationally and work wise, but the part that scared me was when they mentioned how it can cause serious accidents. The article then gives all these ways on how you can help the issue of not enough sleep- which are very helpful. It then questions if it is something else like depression or medication- which can really make parents or teens to start thinking about whether there is anything else going on. This article is so effective because it mentions the risks of not enough sleep and how it can affect people, also how to stop it.

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Sophia Whitton's curator insight, November 5, 2013 4:39 AM

This article is really informative about sleep-schedules for teens and how to help your child get a better nights sleep. 
As a teenager I can safely say that this information is true and these resolutions are actually really helpful.  If a teenager finds this helpful then I could probably say that as a parent this would be reassuring to hear that other teenagers suffer from similar situations as their child.
Seeing as this problem is so common in teenagers, we are starting to accept it as normal but I think that when teenagers stop sleeping as much it has a massive effect on other parts of their lives such as energy for school, weight, brain function and mental health. 

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Obesity - Better Health Channel

Obesity - Better Health Channel | Stay In Control Semester 2 | Scoop.it
Obesity increases the risk of many diseases. Adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater are classified as obese, but different measures are used for children and teenagers.
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Obesity is a rising issue in Australian teens and this article is very effective because it gives you an overview of everything included with obesity. This includes- what it is, causes, costs, body mass index, your increased risk of disease, how to help stop it and where you can get help. It starts by helping you judge whether you are classified as obese or not which is very good because many people wouldn't know if they were. It mentions how obesity increases the risks of many other life threatening diseases and continues listing them. This on its own can scare people and make them take action. It also mentions how Australia is ranked one of the fattest countries and gives statistics like 35% of Australians are overweight and 25% are obese. These statistics are horrible! So people can take action the article mentions the causes of obesity, because some people may not know what it is that is causing them to be obese or they could avoid from doing these things. After this is mentions the costs of obesity which can make people more aware as well. And last it says how you can get help and what you can do which is very good because this article can make someone change their ways. Right at the bottom it mentions how obesity is a preventable disease and how preventing obesity will also prevent other diseases. That is a very strong point to end with at the end of the article.

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Teenage pregnancy - Better Health Channel

Teenage pregnancy - Better Health Channel | Stay In Control Semester 2 | Scoop.it
Fewer teenage women are giving birth now in comparison to the 1970s. This is most likely because of improvements in the availability of contraception, access to abortion and improvements in sexuality education.
Jacqui Connor's insight:

This article aims at connecting to teenage girls and the issue of teenage pregnancies. It starts by showing surprising statistics of the increase of teenage pregnancies, it also mentions how some teenagers even knowing the consequence of pregnancy still choose not to use contraception. 

It then mentions how pregnancy rates are more higher among teenagers who have un-stable housing arrangements, family issues, past abuse, low socioeconomic backgrounds, history of young aged pregnancies and low self-esteem. In my opinion I think extra attention should be brought to people in these conditions- because after a pregnancy there life will not get any better than it is. 

It then shows the options of if pregnancy did occur and what is included in doing that. After it shows the complications of teenage pregnancy for the baby and the mother, it also has very bad social effects on the mother.

It clearly shows the consequences and options of teenage pregnancy, statistics (to make you more aware), where to get help, what you can do, other options and things to remember.

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Birth Control-Teens and Birth Control

Birth Control-Teens and Birth Control | Stay In Control Semester 2 | Scoop.it
Whether you are male or female, your life can suddenly be changed forever by pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Think for a moment what this would be like for you.
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This article is very helpful because it points out the importance of STI's, which is an issues that most adolescents do not realize. The article tries to put you in the position of having an STI and points out the dangers of it. It shows what to do if you are going to be sexually active, how to be careful about STI's and how easy it is to get one. It connects to you and makes you start to question yourself about when you do engage in sexual intercourse- about what contraception method you will use, what is reliable and what you will do about STI's. Reading this I had not thought about- I had not thought about all of this for when I become sexually active and it got me thinking. This article is very helpful because it clearly shows the dangers and consequences of having un-protected sex, gives information about sex for teenage boys and girls. Especially for teenage girls- it makes you prepare for when you do engage in sex, it then starts questioning about when you're ready, if contraception failed- would you be able to raise a child?

It then continues on with a lot of information about contraception methods and what is best for an adolescent and then at the end if worse comes to worse emergency contraception and consequences of that.

This article is very helpful for adolescents because usually STI's are ignored by teenagers and this article shows the risks and consequences. It connects with you and starts to question your life, it helps you pick the right contraception method, helps you choose whether you are ready and ways to protect against STI's.

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Report finds 7 in 10 teens ignorant about contraception - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Report finds 7 in 10 teens ignorant about contraception - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Stay In Control Semester 2 | Scoop.it
There is a call for better sex education in Tasmanian schools after a report found many teenagers are ignorant about contraception.
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This Australian article shows how some teenagers are ignorant and un-educated about contraception, which is very dangerous because it will only lead to more teenage pregnancies. It mentions how 70% of teenagers did not know how to avoid pregnancy which is a huge percentage! They mentioned how many young women just always rely on the morning after pill and the attitude of 'i'll fix it later'- this shows how they do not know the risks, consequences and reliability of the morning after pill. It seems to them that this is the easiest, safest option- which it is not. The article says how Australian kids need to be more educated about contraception issues which when looking at these statistics I would agree. Though this article doesn't sound familiar to me at all- I have been effectively taugh about contraception and conception- I know all my choices, possibilities, risks etc. In the article they mentioned how many students feel embarrassed in sex education classes or just muck around which I think is a problem because I personally I feel totally comfortable and have so much fun in my PDH classes.

This article is very helpful because it can help me understand the issues of contraception in other parts of Australia and how other students feel about it.

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Juliet Stanton's curator insight, November 11, 2014 10:02 PM

Because people are having sex at younger ages, they are less educated about the dangers of not using contraception. Also, because people are not having sex in marriage situations, it is unreliable that the other person will support teens who have not used contraception.

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Bipolar Disorder Risk Factors: Genetics, Lifestyle, and More

Bipolar Disorder Risk Factors: Genetics, Lifestyle, and More | Stay In Control Semester 2 | Scoop.it
Are you at risk for bipolar disorder? Learn more from the experts at WebMD about the roles genetics and environment play in developing this mental illness.
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Whilst looking for articles to do with lifestyle diseases I really only saw obesity and diabetes- which are very big issues in Australia but I saw bipolar and I think that this is a disease that is often looked upon. It starts by defining what bipolar is which is very important because many teenagers do not know what it actually is. This article is very relavent towards teenagers because today depression is common in teenagers and bipolar can be closely linked. After defining what bipolar is, it gives symptons which is helpful because some teens may be able to relate to these symptons. It then mentions causes- though scientists have not exactly confirmed what they are other than running in families and alcohol abuse. It then talks about how lifestyle could increase the risk of bipolar- this can help a teenager change their habits to avoid bipolar. This article is very effective because it is different from all of the others and tells you who is at risk of bipolar.

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'Lifestyle' diseases the world's biggest killer

'Lifestyle' diseases the world's biggest killer | Stay In Control Semester 2 | Scoop.it
The World Health Organisation says lifestyle diseases are now the leading cause of death around the world.
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This artical does not specifically relate to teenagers but it is still very effective. It shows how big of an issue these diseases are becoming and the causes to them. It shows how 63% of deaths are caused by lifestyle diseases and 9 million of them die before the age 60, i think those numbers are very scary and confronting! It also mentions some of the disadvantages of these diseases and they stress that a large contributer to these diseases is tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol. The article continuously mentions tobacco and the harms and that they think that plain packaging should be brought in- this shows the readers that tobacco MUST be a big issue. Though the article doesn't give a lot of information, it is still effective in ways because it gives confronting statistics and mentions the biggest contributers towards lifestyle diseases.

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About Birth Control

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Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to get the basics on birth control.
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This article can help teenagers choose the right contraception method for them. It relates to a teenager about asking when is the right time to have sex but also pointing out statistics of un-wanted pregnancies. It then gives a whole list of each of the contraception methods saying what it is, how it works, how to do it, how well it works, protection against STI's, side effects, who uses it, how you get it and cost. It makes sure you are educated on each one so you can choose the right one.

This is an effective article for teenagers so they can be educated on the contraception methods and choices and be ready for when they are ready for sex.

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Teenagers - sexual behaviour - Better Health Channel

Teenagers - sexual behaviour - Better Health Channel | Stay In Control Semester 2 | Scoop.it
The sexual behaviour of young people (teenagers) in Australia is recorded in the 2002 results of the third National Survey of Australian Secondary Students, HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health.
Jacqui Connor's insight:

This article mentions how unsafe sex and unwanted pregnancies are a major issue for Australian teenagers. It gives statistics like 1 in 4 year 10 students have had sex and at leats half of year 12- this makes me realize how much more common sexual intercourse is at such a young age. With the statistics it said how for students in year 10- 15% were more likely to engage in sex with someone they had met for the first time- this tells me how they are more eager to actually ' do it ', and be cool than actualy having a meaningful relationship. 

It then shows statistics of the prefered contraception methods - condoms- 64.4%, the pill - 36.8%, withdrawal- 11.8%, no contraception used- 9.4%. The statistics of withdrawal and no contraception are pretty scary because that is usually where un-wanted pregnancies occur. It then mentions how teenagers using the pill do not use a condom to prevent STI's- this could mean they are un-educated or just do not care. 

It also shows how drunk sex is common in 1 in 4 teenagers- which is also very dangerous and can cause a lot of un-wanted pregnancies and un-wanted sexual partners.

This article is very affective for teenagers because it can help them realize the statistics and dangers of sex and contraception- it also has links of contraception methods, where to get help, and things to remember.  

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Contraception and Young People | Doctor | Patient.co.uk

Contraception and Young People | Doctor | Patient.co.uk | Stay In Control Semester 2 | Scoop.it
The conception rate in girls aged 13-16 is about 1% and approximately half of these pregnancies are terminated. Overall over one third of all teenage pregnancies...
Jacqui Connor's insight:

This article shows statistics of young people today engaging in sexual intercourse. It makes you realize how teenagers from such are young age are being introduced to this. It shows how many adolescents are un-aware or ignoring contraception methods because 1 third of teenage pregnancies have been terminated- it gives information on contraception methods to help prevent teen pregnancies and also so teenagers have that option in the future. It also mentions the negative points of teenage pregnancies which can make teenagers more careful about what they're doing and the consequences. This article is very good because it shows statistics on teenagers and their sexual life, teen pregnancies and also mentions contraception methods to help prevent more pregnancies. The only bad thing about it though, it is from the UK and does not show Australian statistics but the information how common teen pregnancies are, information on contraception etc. is all still helpful.

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