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Underage drinking linked to films featuring alcohol

Underage drinking linked to films featuring alcohol | PDH | Scoop.it
Children aged 10 to 14 who watch a lot of movies featuring alcohol are twice as likely to drink, according to new research.

Experts questioned more than 6,500 youngsters four times, asking in each session whether they had seen any of 50 films selected at random.
The teenagers were also asked in each survey if they had ever drunk alcohol behind their parents’ back and at what point they started binge-drinking (having five or more drinks in a row).

The films were then analysed for alcohol use, defined as a character’s actual or implied consumption or purchase of alcohol.
The study found that youngsters had typically seen around 4.5 hours of on-screen alcohol use and many had seen more than eight hours.
It also looked at the impact of parental drinking and children owning merchandise carrying alcohol brands.
Some 11 per cent of the teenagers said they owned branded merchandise, such as a T-shirt or hat with the name of a beer on it.
Almost one in four (23 per cent) said their parents drank alcohol at least once a week at home while 29 per cent said they were able to get hold of alcohol at home.
Over the course of the surveys, which were spread over two years, the proportion of teens who started drinking alcohol more than doubled from 11 to 25 per cent, while the proportion who began binge-drinking more than tripled from 4 to 13 per cent.
Parents who drank at home and availability of alcohol in the home were linked with youngsters taking up drinking, but not progression to binge-drinking.
Exposure to alcohol in movies, owning branded merchandise, having friends who drank and rebelliousness were associated with both.

Via Virginie Colnel
Chloe Parsons's insight:

This article talks about the impact the media, family and friends have on a teenagers decisions.

Most movies that young teenagers watch and idolize now contain massive amounts of alcohol and binge drinking. When young teeangers watch these movies and TV shows, the look of walking around with a alcoholic drink in your hand suddenly becomes cool. Not only should movie directors be aware of the audience's that watch their films, but parents also need to make sure what their children are watching is appropriate.

Though, in many families, the idea of binge drinking is not uncommon. This article teels us the over 29 percent of children were able to get alcohol from their own homes. Parents need to know and be aware how the decisions affect their childrens lives.

A really interesting article. Though not Australian, I assue alot of this information would be the same for many teenagers globally.

Rubey's curator insight, May 13, 2015 5:38 AM

I think that this makes a relevant point about how the things we watch can affect our decisions towards alcohol

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Vogue eager to make an issue of 'real' women

Vogue eager to make an issue of 'real' women | PDH | Scoop.it
THIS month marks the first anniversary of international Vogue editors signing a health initiative to promote positive body image within their pages.

In an example of the fashion world thinking globally and acting locally, Vogue Australia editor Edwina McCann has already knocked back a number of models for being too thin.

And on Monday she will launch her June edition, dubbed the Body Issue, focusing on exercise, nutrition and models of a range of sizes and ages.

This includes a swimwear shoot with New York-based Australian plus-size model Robyn Lawley, who has previously featured on the cover of Vogue Italia.

McCann said yesterday: "In the magazine we're moving away from those very young, very thin girls. A year down the track, we ask ourselves what can Vogue do about it? And an issue like this is what we can do about it. If I was aware of a girl being ill on a photo shoot I wouldn't allow that shoot to go ahead, or if a girl had an eating disorder I would not shoot her."

McCann said she had just recast two models in an international shoot because the digital photographs sent through showed they were too thin.

Sarah Spence, national communications manager for the Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders, applauded the ongoing Vogue health initiative, but believed it needed to go further.

"It shows they are taking steps in the right direction to create a greater awareness of body shapes and sizes," Ms Spence said. "But we would recommend that they take stronger steps so that the culture in our society that is so prevalent, that values one body shape and size, can change."

The Butterfly Foundation supports the voluntary industry code of conduct on body image launched by the federal government's National Advisory Group on Body Image in 2010.

The code suggests the use of a wider range of sizes, shapes and ethnicities in the fashion, media and advertising industries.

"The situation won't change overnight," Ms Spence said. "It will involve an ongoing conversation between the media and fashion industries to overcome the very ingrained thoughts and culture that says if you're not one body shape, size or ethnicity you're not valued."

Lawley saw herself as a positive role model for young women.

"I hope that women can look at me and relate or feel better about their bodies," she said. "Too often we focus all our energy on diets instead of nutrition, I think it's better to be happy and content with your natural size."

Chloe Parsons's insight:

Vogue is now wanting to use different models in their magazines, in order to promote different bady shapes and sizes.

If teenagers girls read these magazines, the sterotypes of what our bodies should be like may be finally broken.

This campagin will promote that just because your body isnt the same size or you dont look the same as the models on the cover of magazines, it doesnt mean you are not valued.

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More Sask. teenagers testing positive for HIV - Saskatchewan - CBC News

More Sask. teenagers testing positive for HIV - Saskatchewan - CBC News | PDH | Scoop.it

"Overall, the number of people testing positive for HIV in Saskatchewan is stabilizing, but health officials are noticing a disturbing increase in the number of teenagers who are contracting the disease.

What's more, the teens are not developing HIV from the more common source — intravenous drug use. Instead, they are contracting it from unprotected sex.

"These individuals that we're talking about are 14-, 15-, 16-year-olds," said Nicole White, executive director of AIDS Saskatoon. "It's something we're incredibily concerned about here."

White said the number of young people with the disease shows the prevention message is not reaching them.

The government is hoping to change that with a new campaign on YouTube, Facebook and the radio, encouraging people who are at risk to get tested. ..."

Chloe Parsons's insight:

Wow. Thats so sad that today 14 and 15 year olds are contracting HIV. These new campaigns are on Facebook, Youtube and radio. Since teenagers are always using social media, hopefully they take a few minutes to educate themselves.

But on the other hand. Many teenagers are educated about HIV, but still make the wrong decisions. Teenagers need to step it up and  take responsiblilty for their own health and look after and respect their body.  

Even though this is a Canadian study, I think that this would be the case all over the world.

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How to talk to teens about drugs and alcohol

How to talk to teens about drugs and alcohol | PDH | Scoop.it
Talking about drugs and alcohol to children can be an anxious time for parents, with some finding it harder to discuss than the topic of sex.

Via Lives Lived Well
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This Australian study shows the risky behavoiur that many young adults are taking with drugs and alcohol today. Its incredible that one in five 16 and 17 year old drink risky amounts of alchohol atleast once a month. Even 12 year olds are now choosing to drink alcohol.

Even if we educate teenagers about alcohol, many will still make the poor decision.

How are these underage teenagers even getting their hands on this much alcohol?...


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Does the Pill Really Cause Depression?

Does the Pill Really Cause Depression? | PDH | Scoop.it

"You may have heard that the Pill was linked to mood disorders like depression, but the latest research says that’s not the case. "


"The researchers looked at hormonal birth control use and depressive symptoms in 6,654 sexually active women aged 25-34, using data from a longitudinal study conducted in 1994-2008. Women taking hormonal contraception (including the Pill, the patch, and the ring) had lower levels of depressive symptoms and were much less likely to report a suicide attempt in the past year—two factors that are strongly associated with depression."


Read more: http://buff.ly/18IszWK



Via The New Media Moguls
Chloe Parsons's insight:

Most women have heard someone say- If you are on the pill theres a more likely chance of depression. This womens weekly article believes that there still is a link between the pill and depression- You may become happier!

The article states that though studies in the past have found the pill can affect a womens mood, this could be more to do with mood swings and not so much depression, though the pill doesnt prevent it.

Even though these articles are informative, it would still be best to talk to a doctor about each individuals condition, as I suspect the individual and their medical history can be factors of whether or not you are at larger risk of depression when on the pill.



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In Smokers, Gene Impacts Success in Nicotine Replacement ...

In Smokers, Gene Impacts Success in Nicotine Replacement ... | PDH | Scoop.it
A genetic variation that impacts how quickly smokers process nicotine can help predict whether those who try to quit are likely to respond to nicotine.
Chloe Parsons's insight:

This article suggest that a genetic variation some people may have inherited can affect how quickly or slowly your body takes to procces nicotine. This is to do with how fast or slow we matabloize nicotine. Poeples whoose matabolisim is fast, the nicotine levels in their body drop quickly, making it more likely to have a relapse, as the bodies supply of nicotine decreases so quickly, causing cravings.

For people who have a slower matabolisim, it takes alot longer for nicotine levels to drop, making the quitting easier.


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Self-Sexualization in Young Girls — Eating Disorder Hope

Self-Sexualization in Young Girls — Eating Disorder Hope | PDH | Scoop.it
Study reveals how young girls are becoming sexualized due largely to media consumption and maternal influence. Mothers have the ability to protect their children from this by being a positive influence and portraying a healthy body image.
Chloe Parsons's insight:

Though sad, this article is completely true. Today girls are becoming sexualized younger and younger. The media, clothes and even girls toys promote a 'sexy' look.

This means younger and younger girls are being exposed to an unrealistic body image.

Having a little sister myself, I definately dont want her expossed to the preasures and expectations soceity puts on women and girls.

Lakeeda Adams's curator insight, November 7, 2015 7:34 PM
“Beyond Barbies and Baby Dolls.” Eatingdisorderhope.com. N.p., 2005-2015 EDH. Web. 7 November 2015.This blog discusses the epidemic of self-sexualization and its effect on the young girl in objectifying her own self. The intent of this blog is to inform people, especially those who may have female children and those who know someone with a young girl child of the severity of sexualization that the little girl is consistently subjected. The information provided in the research conducted on young girls between the ages of 6 to 9 years old is both astounding and alarming all at once. The research suggests that young girls desire to be sexy, with a shapely figure to be put on display via the desire to wear form-fitting clothing. To add, the research suggests that today’s 6 to 9 year olds truly desire attention and to be “liked” which would be attained through being popular. Through the research conducted, it was found that these desires were a learned behavior, not as much from the media, rather from their mothers. This is very sad. In other words, it is a domino effect. The mother struggles with “perfection” and confidence and self-sexualization and inadvertently is on display with an attentive audience, her little “cupcake.” What mommy does not realize is that her baby girl is absorbing what she sees and will have an earlier start. It is noted that mothers have a very powerful influence on their little girls. Mothers should definitely be more observing of their influence and use it in a more positive manner. Instead of emphasizing beauty on the outside, they should instill the importance of knowing one’s inner beauty and self-worth and instill these things in their young daughters.
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A Strategy For Promoting Resilience In Children

A Strategy For Promoting Resilience In Children | PDH | Scoop.it

"Do you foster an anxious mindset or a resilient mindset in your children or students? The USA is currently the number 1 most anxious country in the world with 27% of the population living with anxiety and depression. In Australia 20% of the population experience a mental illness in any year. In the UK 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year and about 10% of children have a mental health problem at any one time."

Via Beth Dichter
Chloe Parsons's insight:

This is a really interesting post, in the way that it not only informs you about anxiety, but also shows ways to cope.

The 'Catch, challenge, change' stratergy has been created to help children and young adults relistically-

 think about their thoughts-

"What am I worrying about?"

Challenge your thoughts-

"Is this definately going to happen?"

"What will happen if I do do it?"

And change thoughts-

"What can I do to make myself feel less anxoius? Talk to someone?"

I believe that once you know about certain disorders, they become less scary. Helping children and young adults learn and understand anxiety, even if they dont experience anxiety themselves, is an important step to teaching kids to understand themselves and people around them.


Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 10, 2013 9:16 PM

This post discusses an app for the iPad or iPhone that helps students understand their feelings and how their mind works. There are three parts to this strategy.

* Catch - Students learn to identify thoughts that impact how they feel

* Challenge - Students learn to challenge their thoughts, asking if they are based on assumptions, facts, perhaps overly negative

* Change - Students choose to change the way they think

There is a table within the post that provides Do's and Don'ts for each of the three C's listed above.

Consider posting the image as well as the table within the post "to help teach children to identify the exact nature of their thoughts, unpack and challenge those thoughts and stories and change how they feel."

Jennifer Colin's curator insight, October 24, 2015 11:20 PM

This is a great resource for helping students build resilience, especially those who have previously experienced trauma.  Taking the time to show them how they can think about and handle what happens to them in a more positive way can be life changing in children.  This could be integrated into any subject matter; it doesn't need to be limited to the school counselor; in fact, doing so would be a disservice.  As I future school leader it is my goal to ensure that students are receiving as well-rounded of an education as possible--and not just academically-speaking.  We should be addressing the whole person, and that includes helping them be socially, emotionally, and mentally successful as well. 

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iPad game hopes to stop HIV transmission

iPad game hopes to stop HIV transmission | PDH | Scoop.it
Play a sedentary video game and live a healthier life? That’s the hope of Yale researchers who are joining the booming health games industry with an iPad application designed to help minority teens learn about HIV prevention strategies.

As part of Yale’s Play2Prevent initiative, a group from the School of Medicine conducted focus groups with New Haven teens to gain an understanding common factors and behaviors that affect HIV risk. The findings are guiding the design and content of a new iPad game titled PlayForward: Elm City Stories, which aims to promote better decisions among minority youth. The researchers will conduct a study on the game’s impact HIV transmission rates starting later this year.

“The overall goal is to help kids practice skills in the game that will decrease their engagement in behaviors that put them at risk for HIV,” said brief author Lynn Fiellin MED ’96, associate professor of medicine and director of Play2Prevent. “The idea is to build an evidence-based HIV intervention. The game has to be fun and engaging, but it has to accomplish something.”


Now that's what I call a happy collision of interests: iPads and HIV!!

Via Ed Rybicki
Chloe Parsons's insight:

For those teenagers that dont learn about HIV at school, and don't have anyone to educate them at home about these issues, this app gives youth a way to discreetly educate and inform themsleves.

This app gives youth not just facts and informtation, but important behaivour change and analysis which the teen can then take and use in real life.

Today Teenagers spend so much time on technology that an ipad app would definately be the most effective way to reach out to the youth.

Statistics say that one of the most common factors causing teenagers to take risks is peer preasure. With this app, teens can receive vital information without feeling embaresed.

Though and American article, it still provides great information on ways that we are reaching out and educating teenagers about HIV.


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Shock ads to warn teens about drugs

Shock ads to warn teens about drugs | PDH | Scoop.it

Drug-ravaged faces, a teen in a body bag and details of poisonous ingredients are among the confronting images students are using to warn about illicit narcotics.


As part of an innovative pilot project created by Peel Sen. Const. Tam McKeown, Comet Bay College Year 10 to 12 students made TV advertisements to educate other teenagers about the consequences of using illegal and synthetic drugs.

Via Lives Lived Well
Chloe Parsons's insight:

In Australia, more than 29 per cent of 16 and 17 year olds today are now taking taking illegal drugs. Kids as young as twelve are now being said to be takin drugs. That is way to young.

Adults have tried communicating and educating, but obviously its not workingas well as we had hoped.

 If confronting ads are what it takes to make teenagers wake up to the reality of what they are doing to not only themselves, but their friends and family, than maybe it is a positive thing.

These ads have been created by year ten to twelve students. This may possibly persaude younger teenagers who have been taking drugs to take notice of the people they look up to doing a good thing, instead of bad.

By getting teenagers to compete by creating an affective advertisement, they are marketing their ads on social media, creating more awareness to teenagers.

This is a great, effective way of getting the message about drugs to Australian teenagers.

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Handling the tricky subject of drugs and alcohol with teens (Qld)

Handling the tricky subject of drugs and alcohol with teens (Qld) | PDH | Scoop.it
SUCCESS for Kids psychologist, Kimberley Cunial, says how a parent reacts is one of the key factors when it comes to teenagers and illicit drugs and alcohol.

Via ReGenUC
Chloe Parsons's insight:

This Australian article gets right to the point. What is happening, factors that can affect a teenagers drug use and how to manage it.

In Australia teenagers as young as fourteen are now taking illegal drugs.

This article suggests reasons for kids starting at such a young could be peer preasure, experimentation or testing boundries.

Factors against drug abuse include family attachment and low parental conflict. kid's wont get the right meesages on drugs if the parents motto is 'do as I say, not what I do.;

Teenagers also need to be taught how to be responisble and make educated decisions.

Other ways of help include visiting a drug and alcohol counsellor, or dialling an anonymous call to the kids helpline.

ReGenUC's curator insight, June 26, 2013 5:42 AM

If this is an issue for you, you might want to look at the ADF's new website: http://theothertalk.org.au/