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Common Sense Media recently conducted a study with Beneson Strategy Group to see just how many teens are using their cell phones and the internet to cheat on school work. The results revealed that cheating has definitely evolved from passing notes or writing answers on your hand. In fact cheating has become a hitech art form that is more common than most parents would expect. Perhaps the most Just 3% of parents say shocking part of the study was many students don’t consider what they’re doing to be cheating. their child has ever cheated Here are some key findings from this poll. with cell phones.

Two-thirds of all teens say others in their school cheat with cell phones. More than 1/3 of teens with cell phones admit to cheating at least once with them.

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Nearly 1 in 4 students think that acts like accessing notes on their cell phone during a test, texting friends with answers during a test, and using their cell to search the internet for answers during a test aren’t cheating. Half (52%) of teens admitted to using some form of cheating involving the internet.

What Can Parents do? 1. Do your homework. Be aware of the technology that kids are using every day. 2. Don’t assume that kids automatically know what’s right or wrong. They need you to set the rules. 3. Review school policies with them. 4. Address the issue with your kids so the consequences of cheating are fully understood. 5. Most importantly, discuss the importance of integrity with your kids and what it means to live it out in all situations. For more parent tips on digital cheating visit


Silent Library This new MTV Show has been described as “Jack***… in an enclosed environment.” 6 friends competing for a cash prize are forced to endure a series of bizarre challenges without making any noises or expressions. Crying, wincing, yelling or any reaction of that sort earns a harsh rebuke from the show’s host. These tasks vary from painful (enduring electric shocks), strange (eating spaghetti shoelaces from a jogger's shoes), or humiliating (being tied to a spit while basted in barbeque sauce). Since the goal is silence there is very little language present. However this seems to be the newest show that encourages the idea that even if something is hurtful its ok as long as its funny or there is a possibility of making money.

DJ & The Fro Is an animated series that airs as part of MTV's "Balls Out Comedy" line-up, which targets adolescent and college-age males with crude jokes, stupid stunts, and dirty talk. In addition to sexist and racist comments that are meant to be funny , there's a steady stream of both bleeped language and audible swearing. There is some violence too, but it tends to be cartoonish. Because this is a cartoon it is sure to catch the attention of kids as well. Don’t be fooled this isn't your average innocent cartoon, it crosses many lines with its crude content.

16 and pregnant 16 AND PREGNANT follows six high school girls as they cope with the challenges of being pregnant and becoming parents. Each episode follows one girl as she approaches her due date, delivers, and faces her new life. Throughout the process each young mom-to-be candidly discusses her choice to have the baby, how she feels about being pregnant, and how she's handling the transition from carefree teenager to "mature" parent. While the series doesn't really offer any new information on the subject of teen pregnancy -- at times focusing more on relationship drama than issue-related content -- it can potentially serve as a starting point for parents to talk to teens about sex and its consequences. 2

In May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported about 30 percent of teens ages 16 to 19 have a job. A big decision for parents of older teens is whether or not to allow them to join the workforce. There are many pros and cons to a teen having a job. Positive lessons learned from a job such as responsibility, time management, and the value of money can benefit a young person. Negatives could be less time to be involved in activities like sports or youth group, a possible drop in grades, or just the fact that they will only be kids once and they will be working most of their adult lives. Teaching your kids how to handle any amount of money they get is an important role as a parent. Teens need to understand how to use money in the real world where they must work for what they have. Even if you have younger kids who earn some money for chores or receive an allowance, teaching them how to handle their money can start very young. $179,000,000,000: how much money US teenagers spend annually.

$1,585: average credit card debt for a college freshman.

In an article on Todd Mark with the Consumer Credit Counseling Service gives


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If you don’t have the cash to pay for it, you can’t afford it. Save at least 10% of every paycheck. Have a financial goal to work towards. Such as saving for a particular item they want. Many parents who are able to help their kids pay for a vehicle make a plan to match whatever their kids save for a car, rather than buying it outright for them. This teaches responsibility and the value of money. Before any kid graduates they should understand the concept of a budget. If a money situation sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Kids need to know how to get all the facts before they commit to something financially. Money isn’t everything, and greed is not good. Encouraging your kids to give some of their money to help others in need as a good way of combating a greedy attitude.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Lessons have helped many adults handle their money in a healthy way. At check out the financial

peace kit for kids age 3-12. In the kit are books to teach your kids life lessons as well as a curriculum to help you show your kids how to handle money. ($50) Also for teens is a youth group study called Generation Changed about God’s standard for how students spend money. Each teen purchases a student kit with a journal, tshirt, and pledge card for $20. The leader kit with video lessons taught by Dave and the leaders book and 8 3 student kits costs $169.

A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE NEW LINGO We all know that teenagers speak a foreign language that is often hard to understand or keep up with. We occasionally list some popular slang words or text terms that help you stay informed on the new lingo. Recently Crammer-Krasselt a marketing and communications agency that has their hand on the pulse of today’s culture released a cultural dictionary. It is loaded with popular terms that were collected from various magazines, websites, blogs, and conversations. This dictionary went beyond tracking the latest lingo to also shed some light on the cultural trends they capture and reflect. Use this handy download as a guide to understanding terms that are influencing not only teen culture but your culture as well. Here are a few interesting finds in the dictionary.

iCrime (n) Theft of iPhones or iPods . Pwn (v) To “conquer” something or someone. Derived from the word “own,” it has become internet smack talk slang for the general humiliation of someone. .. Slip of the thumb (v) Unintentionally sending a text message to the wrong recipient, often with embarrassing results. Cewebrity (n) An Internet personality who has attained celebrity status. Hashtag (n) The name of the # when used in a Tweet. (twitter) You can track a word by using a “hashtag” in front of it. Leanover (n) Not quite a hangover Sexting (v) Using a text message to send sexually explicit photos or messages. OLO (n) Abbr. for “Only Laughed Once.” Used to express mild amusement at a topic, rather than full-on amusement, which would be denoted by LOL, or “Laughing out Loud.” Download full dictionary at

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For years The Simpsons raised some concerns with parents because it is a cartoon with more adult themes and comedy. Now, adult cartoons are quite popular on several TV networks. After about 10pm (Central Time) if your child is watching a cartoon chances are it was not meant for young viewers. Cartoon Network has a portion of its late night shows called Adult Swim that consists of several cartoons with questionable content. Futurama has become very popular on Comedy Central, and Family Guy is one of the most watched on Fox and Adult Swim. Parents should always know what shows their children watch and if they are appropriate. Below are some insights from on several adult cartoons. The site’s rating system labels each show “on”, “off”, or “iffy”. Use this website to be aware of the content in the cartoons your children watch. Family Guy is not a show for children or even young teens. It received an “iffy” rating for ages14+. The show has lots of sexual innuendos and references, some are subtle, some are overt. There is lewd body part references as well as foul language. Also beer and wine are consumed in each episode.

Parents need to know that because this series' content can be unpredictable, it's not meant for younger kids. The language can be crass, there are allusions to sex, characters drink and make drug references, and there is some cartoon violence. Futurama received an “iffy” rating for kids age 13+ because of its unpredictable content. The show contains sexual references not appropriate for young viewers, and some foul language. One particular character, Bender, needs to consume alcohol in order to function, so he is a steady drinker.

Bleach is one of the most popular cartoons shown on Adult Swim. It received an “iffy” rating for ages 14+. It’s questionable content comes from some language, but mostly violence. There are bloody scenes involving knives, as well as fistfights between family members. Parents need to know that the 15-yearold protagonist of this mature anime series doesn't get along with his father; in fact, they often get into fistfights. The ghostly subject matter and sometimesbloody action scenes might be upsetting for younger (or particularly sensitive) viewers.

We all know Transformers are wildly popular with today’s kids. With toys, video games and their own cartoon Transformers are all over the place. After the huge success of the first movie many kids are excited to see the sequel. However, some fans have been very disappointed with the direction they chose to go with the sequel. The First film had a few questionable moments but was relatively clean. Within the first few minutes of the Transformers 2 you can already tell that this film has taken on more of a mature direction. There are several scenes that contain sexual content. (nothing explicit, but definitely not appropriate for young audiences.) Beyond that the movie contains its fair share of cursing and phrases that you would not want your kid repeating. I'm sure this will be at the top of your kids movie list for the summer, but be sure to visit first. This may be a film you decide to miss. 5

Parent Discussion questions: 1. How has technology affected teens ability to cheat? Is this an issue that affects your kids? How? 2. Why do you think the fad of “crude behavior being acceptable as long as its funny” is so popular right now? 3. Why is it important to teach your kids how to handle money? 4. What methods of money management have you used with your kids and their money? 5. Why would it be important to stay up to date with the latest teen language? 6. How can you encourage your kids to listen to positive music? What types of positive music do your kids enjoy? 7. Have adult cartoons been an issue at your house with your kids? 8. What types of cartoons do your kids enjoy? How much do you know about the content in these shows?



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