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A missing 13-year-old girl has been found safe, though 700 miles away from home. It turns out the Texas teen had gotten into an argument with her parents about a boy she met online via Xbox and decided to run away. She snuck out her bedroom window, swiped her brother’s car, and set out for Kentucky to meet up with her 12-year-old beau, reports the Houston Chronicle.
A Tennessee state trooper pulled over the girl in Nashville after he noticed her car matched the description in an Amber Alert. Though a few years away from getting her learner’s permit, she somehow managed to navigate 700 miles cross-country. (She still had another 130 or so miles to go.) “It’s amazing she was able to manipulate the roadways,” says one officer. She was released to her parents, and no charges are expected to be filed.
Two middle-school girls in Texas have been arrested after police say they created a Facebook page in a classmate’s name—and used it to fire off threats to other students.
The girls, ages 12 and 13, face third-degree felony charges for online impersonation, NBC Newsreports. The messages caused “the victim to endure threats from other students” and suffer social rejection, a sheriff’s statement says; the victim’s mother says the incident nearly prompted a “physical altercation.”
“This is similar in every way to identity theft,” the sheriff said. He noted that the victim was friends with the alleged perpetrators and “would like to forgive and forget.” Meanwhile, the ACLU has voiced concerns about the case, citing “hysteria” about social media from “people who don’t understand it.” “Increasingly, this is the case, if you misbehave at school, you get arrested. You don’t get suspension,” says a rep. Details of the messages are being kept quiet in the juvenile case.
The amount of sex kids see in movies could influence their sexual behavior later in life, a new study says.
In the study, young teens who watched movies with more sexual content tended to become sexually active at an earlier age, and engaged in riskier sexual behaviors, compared with those who watched movies with less sexual content.
The study found an association, and not a cause-effect link. However, “sensation seeking, or the tendency to seek more novel and intense sexual stimulation, does seem to increase in young people who watched more movies with sexually explicit content,” said study researcher Ross O’Hara, a researcher at the University of Missouri.
O’Hara and colleagues analyzed information from 1,228 kids who were 12 and 14 years old at the study’s start.
Each participant reported which movies they had seen out of a list of the 50 top-grossing films from 1998 to 2004. These films had been evaluated to measure their sexual content.
Six years later, the participants were surveyed to find out how old they were when they became sexually active, and how risky their sexual behavior was, including whether they used condoms consistently, or had multiple partners.
Teens who reported watching movies with more sexual content started having sex at younger ages, had more sexual partners, and were less likely to use condoms with casual sex partners, the study found.
The results held when the researchers took into account factors that could effect when a person becomes sexually active, including their socioeconomic status, family structure and TV use.
In a new survey from Teenage Research Unlimited, 44% said they could get a handgun if they wanted to, WBEZ reports.
About a third of respondents also said that they personally knew someone who’d been shot, and 37% say they actively fear being shot themselves. About half of the 600 kids surveyed think the US would be safer without any handguns, compared to about 25% who said adults should be able to carry loaded guns in public.
Every parent wants to keep his or her child safe. One British couple has taken that desire to another level, by building a nightclub in their million-dollar home so their children can enjoy themselves without having to leave the premises.
According to a story in The London Evening Standard, Claire Farrow and Ian Hogarth outfitted their West Kensington home with a gym, movie room, sauna, and a nightclub — complete with professional DJ booth, flashing lights and an illuminated dance floor imported from China.
The soundproofed club is located in the basement next to the couple’s bedroom. Their children, 16-year-old Gil, and 12-year-old Tilly, find it the perfect party space.
“It works really well,” Farrow told the Evening Standard. “It’s also my gym. I’m really bad in the gym but I’ll always do some dancing. And it’s quite nice, it keeps the teenagers under your roof so you know where they are.”
Farrow said she hosts disco dance lessons for her friends every Wednesday in the club.
Despite the fact that “sexting” has been added to the English Dictionary, pervy teens flooding each other’s cell phones with naked images may not be as big an issue as originally though.
Despite the prevalence of reports on teen “sexting,” it seems only 10% of kids aged 10 to 17 have texted sexual photographs and just 1% have texted images graphic enough to violate child porn laws, the New York Timesreports.
A new nationwide study says it’s actually older teens and young adults who text graphic pics more often.
When young teens and children do send naked shots, it’s usually for romantic reasons — to grab a classmate’s eye or to show a boyfriend or girlfriend. Roughly a third of them said alcohol or drug use was involved but only 3% forwarded graphic pics they had received.
So why all the hubbub over teen “sexting”? “It only takes one or two cases to make people think this is very prevalent behavior,” one expert says. “It’s really not the case.”
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An article in Relevant magazine, entitled “(Almost) Everyone’s Doing It,” cited several studies examining the sexual activity of single Christians.
Here’s the break down: 80% of unmarried evangelical young adults (18 to 29) said that they have had sex – slightly less than 88 percent of unmarried adults, according to the teen pregnancy prevention organization.
Movements such as “True Love Waits,” encourage teens to wear purity rings, sign virginity pledges and pledge chastity during public ceremonies. Yet many of these Christian youths eventually abandon their purity pledges, Relevant’s Tyler Charles concludes in the article.
Tyler talked to people like “Maria,” an evangelical woman who said she wanted to wait until marriage to have sex but she said she started having sex with her college boyfriend when she turned 20 because nearly everyone, even most of her Christian friends, were having sex.
Relevant theorizes about why it’s so hard for so many young Christians to wait, including the saturation of sex in popular culture, the prevalence of pornography and a popular “do what feels good philosophy.”
In addition, the article also asks a question that rarely comes up in discussions about abstinence movement. Relevant notes that in biblical times, people married earlier. The average age for marriage has been increasing in the U.S for the last 40 years.
Today, it’s not unusual to meet a Christian who is single at 30 – or 40 or 50, for that matter. So what do you tell them, “keep waiting?”
Texas has the third-highest teen birthrate in the nation. In fact, a Texas teen gets pregnant every 10 minutes, and teen childbearing costs the state’s taxpayers $1 billion annually.
A study out of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston gives us the lowdown on the down-and-dirty. This by way of the Chron’s Mom Houston blog:
1. Almost one in 10 Texas 6th graders have had sex.
2. The percentage of Texas 7th and 8th graders who have had sex is 22 and 29 percent respectively.
3. Of high school-aged kids, 32 percent of 9th graders, 41 percent of 10th graders, 53 percent of 11th graders and 62 percent of 12th graders have had sex.
4. Just over one third of the entire public middle and high school population are sexually experienced.
5. Texas students are more likely to report having had sex with four or more partners and are less likely to have used birth control or condoms.
The results come from an analysis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the CDC’s Middle School Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the University of Texas Prevention Research Center’s All About Youth study.
Wow. The results of this study are scary. Sex is something 6th grades should definitively not be doing. However, the question needs to be asked, “where are these kids parents when they are having sex?” Find a solution to that problem and 90% of issues will be solved.