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Teen smokers develop anxiety

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This article from the Sydney Morning Herald is about the high risk of teenagers who smoke cannabis developing anxiety issues during their late 20’s and throughout the rest of their lives. It focuses on how persistent smoking of cannabis is highly associated with anxiety disorders.

The article has an analysis of data collected between 1992 and 2008 that found that teenagers who smoked cannabis once a week or more for a period of at least six months doubled their risk of having an anxiety disorder for up to a decade afterwards. About 12 per cent of teenagers in the study, or one in eight, smoked cannabis at that level.

 

The message that this article is trying to get across to the viewers is effective in urging current teenagers to not smoke cannabis, or any other form of drugs. It clearly outlines the horrible effects of this drug, making people aware of what will happen if they continue or start to smoke.

 

In class we looked at how different drugs affect our body. Although cannabis was not one of them, the article still relates heavily to teenagers in Australia.

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Binge drinking a hard habit to break

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Australians who binge drink as teenagers continue to drink at dangerous levels in adulthood, a study has found.
Sarah I'Ons's insight:

 This article about teenage binge drinking been a risky behaviour is from the Sydney Morning Herald. It has a very reliable study in it that was done on 2000 Victorian teenagers aged 12 to 17 over 15 years beginning in 1992. It showed the high number of teenagers, both male and female, who binge drink once or more times a week. The study also showed that extreme risky binge drinking, more than 20 drinks for males and 11 for females, was common throughout current teenagers.

The article also focuses on the impact that binge drinking has on the human body causing liver disease, brain damage and other appalling problems that occur in later life.

 

The message that the author of this article is trying to display to the viewers is obvious: the issues, both mental and health wise, surrounding binge drinking are not at all helpful for teenagers. Excessive binge drinking can lead to serious problems in later life, therefore, don’t do it.

I believe that the article successfully presents it’s message as it clearly states the many issues associated with binge drinking.

 

This article relates to a clickview we watched in class about teenage drinking which had a section on binge drinking in it.

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Five teens die in worst smash ever seen

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Five of six teenagers crowded into a car died when the P-plate driver lost control and smashed into a tree at 140km/h, in a crash emergency workers said was the worst they had seen.
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This article from the Sydney Morning Herald is about teenage risky driving. It is a story about 6 teenagers, 5 male 1 female, who were driving at crazy speeds like 140km/h when the car struck and wrapped itself around a tree, which fell on to the car splitting the vehicle apart. The article discusses how this was extreme risky behaviour that ended in the death of the 5 males and the serious injury of the other female.

 

I believe that the message of the article is that speed kills. It is very effective in displaying this message by highlighting the horrible outcome for the teenagers who didn’t listen to road safety.

 

This article relates to a worksheet that we filled out in class about knowing ‘when to say when’ that had a section in it about how alcohol can lead to problems such as road crashes which could have been the case in this article.

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Schools must teach emotional resilience

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This article from the Sydney Morning Herald is about how schools should teach emotional resilience after a study was done and discovered that there is a high level of depression among high school students and an inability to cope with stress. Personally, I think that this is quite obvious, I mean, I could tell you that from just looking at some people!

The article’s study of almost 4500 year 7 to 12 students, revealed that 34 per cent of girls and 30 per cent of boys felt constantly under strain and unable to overcome difficulties. More than half had low levels of resilience and of those, 43 per cent felt violence was an appropriate way to solve relationship issues.

A third were drinking at dangerous levels, and one in four lacked the confidence to say no to unwanted sexual experiences, while 16 per cent feel it necessary to carry a weapon.

These are absolutely crazy and almost frightening results.

 

This article is urging the government to introduce new teaching styles and new curriculum for teenagers at school to reduce the high levels of depression and instability amongst them.
I believe that the article is successful in communicating its message with the viewer.

 

In class, we have being looking at violence and depression due to alcohol which relates heavily to emotional resilience.

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Fall in teenage binge drinking

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Australia's brewers, ramping up their campaign against government-mandated warnings on alcohol products, have seized on the nation's latest and largest survey on teenagers' drinking habits to declare that it ''dispels the myth that there is an alcohol crisis in Australia''.
Sarah I'Ons's insight:

This article also from the Sydney Morning Herald is clearly about the decline in teenage binge drinking in Australia.

The article has many different surveys that were done from 2005 to 2011 that obviously show that the level of binge drinking has dramatically dropped in many age and gender groups over the last few years and in some cases have halved. These results are great for teenagers, parents and the general public in Australia as they show that our countries teenagers are becoming less dependent on alcohol. However, the survey found that 51 per cent of students in the age group where alcohol consumption is illegal had drunk alcohol in the previous 12 months.

 

The message of this article is very clear. It outlines how binge drinking is risky and unsafe behaviour that no teenagers should become involved in. It also summarises how alcohol dependence can be linked to chronic illnesses such as cancer.
I believe that it is very effective in displaying that message as it could easily turn people off or stop people trying binge drinking once they learn the consequences.

 

In class last term (term 1) we watched a clickview on teenage drinking which had a section on binge drinking in it.

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Teenage baby boom sparks call for better sex education

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The number of teenage mothers has jumped after decades of steady decline and NSW has had the most significant increase.
Sarah I'Ons's insight:

This article from the Sydney Morning Herald 2010 is about the rise in the number of teenagers having babies. It talks about how the numbers have increased, 15 per cent from 2007 to 2008 in NSW alone, in teenagers giving birth.

The article is also about how the lack of sex education in schools is to blame for the increase in teen pregnancies. It describes how most teenagers who become sexually active are not fully aware of the consequences like sexually transmittable illnesses and unplanned or unwanted pregnancies.
It also talks about how more should be done to help teenagers who are pregnant to keep attending school to complete their education.

 

The article’s message is very clear. It is to learn the consequences of being sexually active as a teenager and don’t do it if your not prepared for them. This message is communicated very well throughout the article.

 

In class we are currently being sex educated like the article said all teenagers should.

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School, body image main worries for young: survey

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MORE young Australians are worried about school and study than ever before and are struggling to cope with life's stresses, according to a major annual survey of youth.
Sarah I'Ons's insight:

This article, also from the Sydney Morning Herald is about how more young Australians are worried about school and study than ever before and are struggling to cope with life's stresses. It also talks about how in a survey in 2006 done annually by students, showed that body image was the top concern for teenage girls and a priority for boys. It also says how the government should be trying their best to fix this issue.

 

I think that the message from this article is to go and talk to someone you trust if you are having problems with stress, body image or any other issues. Also, to remember that you are not alone because heaps of teenagers go through this stage and come out of it just fine.

The article does a very effective job in displaying its message.

 

In class, we have being looking at body image due to alcohol, which relates closely to this issue of general body image issues.

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