Students at Roy High School were shown what can happen if they text and drive during a large scale mock disaster demonstration.
Ethan Dorrian's insight:
This article shows how teenagers are being distracted by the new technologies being developed- in particular, messaging and social media, whilst driving. The stats are alarming, and this article states that over 321,000 crashes were caused by teenager’s texting and driving, just in one year. In the area these crashes were recorded, over 3,300 of these ended up being fatal.
The point this article is trying to get across is that teenager mostly don’t realise the responsibility they have to accept when they get behind the wheel. This particularly means texting and driving.
The example this article used to get across the impacts of teenagers texting and driving, was at a school. An organisation set up to crashed cars with victims scarred and one dead. One of the victims who was paralysed was still holding her phone in her hand on top of the steering wheel, still looking at it even though she just killed a person and trashed hers and two other cars.
Maybe the only way to get through to teenagers the dangers of risks they take, is to show them visually and realistically what can happen.
Alcohol or ‘booze’ is widely used by teenagers. Binge drinking, drink driving and unsafe sex can all result from the misuse of alcohol. Alcohol is responsible for most drug-related deaths in the teenage population.
Ethan Dorrian's insight:
This article is great as it is loaded with plenty of statistics and consequences of what happens when Australian teenagers drink excessive amounts of alcohol. It straightaway goes into say that over 90% of teens over 14 years have tried alcohol and over 1/2 of teens over 14 years drink alcohol at least once per week.
It also gets across, how alcohol is a "socially excepted" drug throughout Australia, which makes teenagers see alcohol as less effective, and less dangerous to them due to the widespread use nation wide. Some teens don't see it as a drug at all.
After this, it controversially states that alcohol is the most common form of drug- related deaths.
This article also includes vital contact details for any teenagers struggling to drink sensibly or needs someone to talk to, all of which are official helplines/ websites
"The kids are all right, but most American adults don't believe it. Pregnancy, birth, and abortion rates among U.S. teenagers continue to plummetto record lows, confirming an encouraging trend that federal researchers have been tracking for the past two decades. The latest evidence in this area comes from researchers at the Guttmacher Institute, who found that much of the drop can be attributed to the fact that teens are making responsible choices and practicing safe sex. According to the Guttmacher Institute, pregnancies among teenage women between the ages of 15 and 19 have dropped by 15 percent in just two years. That’s contributed to more than a 50 percent drop since the teen pregnancy rate peaked in 1990. Birth rates and abortion rates have experienced similarly steep declines over the past several years. 'The good news is that we know what works to prevent teen pregnancy. Sex education works. Ensuring that teens have access to birth control works. When young people have accurate information and resources, they make responsible decisions.'" | by Tara Culp-Ressler
This article, talks about how the number of teenage pregnancies is decreasing significantly due to the increase of knowledge being given to teens during school and facilities being available to them. For e.g. Sex Ed Lessons, Contraceptive methods and birth control utilities, as well as support from family members.
However, the numbers of pregnant teens won't completely STOP soon, as there are TV shows showing teen pregnancy being "glamorous", sexting becoming popular and "raunchy pop songs. Including information for both sides of teens becoming and avoiding pregnancy makes it lear that teen pregnancy rates are dropping however, there are still current obstacles urging teens to get pregnant- making sex ed lessons and other educational methods vital to keep the numbers decreasing.
by 'Jola Sotubo A middle aged man in Oyo has been arrested after a teenage girl claimed that he had raped her in his home. 48-year-old Owolabi Fola however denied the allegation of rape and said that he had only used his finger on the 13-year-old girl. The suspect is…
I have a sweet tooth. I won't deny it, yet I don't think I come anywhere near what the average child consumes. The statistics are staggering!
The Union for Concerned Scientists reports on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Health and Nu
Ethan Dorrian's insight:
This is an article based on the extremely high- and rising, amount of food and sugar in particular, consumed by teenage males. From other sources, I have found that females are gaining all the attention from the media and rest of the world- and males have been left out and considered "not as important" or "not as affected" by obesity. However, after reading this article, it clearly shows that male teens outnumber and output the ladies.
On average, the teenage male, aged between 12-19 years old, consumes at least, 161g of sugar per day. At least! The recommended maximum daily intake of sugar for male teenagers is 33g!
The article goes on further to state that soft drinks are one of the main ways teenagers are getting there high dosages of sugar. Up to 44% of the daily sugar is from soft drinks.
, showsChronic severe period pain is more common among women who began smoking before the age of 13 than those who have never smoked, a new study suggests.
Ethan Dorrian's insight:
This article shows by using statistics, that more then 29% of women who smoke or have smoked, suffer through more intense, constant and painful menstrual cramps. Further studies into the women being tested, showed that majority of the ex- smokers had began to smoke first, before they were 13. From this, researchers concluded that smoking in your early teens, and later on in life, not just carries with it the known dangers and consequences of smoking i.e. Lung Cancer, Gangrene, etc, but also increased intensity and more frequent cramps of ladies during their menstrual cycle affecting them for the rest of their lives.
This article displays how the rising number of teens are getting their hands on alcohol at younger ages. Results showed that more people drink underage in more regional areas rather than metro areas. It also states the results from Deakin University, showing that 57% of 14 year olds have tried alcohol and received it from people of legal age.
This article uses real statistics and opinions of residents in the area of the place where the statistics are being measured. It also finishes with a statement of: “Ignoring it is not going to make any difference. There needs to be more research.” making the reader want to do something about the situation.
People will be found to be "intoxicated" under the NSW government's proposed new one-punch laws if they have a blood-alcohol level equivalent to those of people charged with high-range drink driving offences.
A Sunday night riot by hundreds of migrant workers in Singapore’s Little India district has added to an ongoing debate about public alcohol consumption, with the government saying it would implement a test ban on alcohol there this weekend.
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