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Attention problems

Overwhelmed Teen

Not All Attention Problems are ADHD - Child Mind Institute

It's a common assumption, but there are other causes that are easily overlooked . . .

Screen Addiction

Screen Addiction

Are Kids Getting Too Much Screen Time?

Twelve Ways to Break Your Children's Screen Addiction as Technology and Gaming Wrecks Sleep

Parents Quiz and Guide to Video Game Addiction

What is Digital Citizenship? Teaching Teens to be Smart & Safe on Social Media

We've all read news stories about the downside of mobile technology and social media: cyberbullying, harassment, stalking, sexting, catfishing, and the list goes on. It's enough to make any parent want to curl up in a ball and never, ever give their child a mobile device. But, in reality, most kids in the U.S. end up with a mobile phone, tablet, or device in their hands at some point during their teen years — because, despite its faults, mobile technology has made it so much easier for teens and parents to get in touch with each other.

Learn more about the dangers of digital life.

9 Social Media Red Flags Parents Should Know About

Find out which social media features are cause for concern -- no matter which app your kid is using.

By Christine Elgersma

Gun Violence

Students mourning after school shooting

How to Talk to Kids About Gun Violence

by Lisa Millbrand, Parents Magazine 

Sadly, deadly and devastating mass shootings continue to dominate the headlines. How can you share the news about gun violence with your kids?

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Noteworthy Articles

School Refusal
Student Oversleeping

School Refusal: When a Child Won't Go to School

Harvard University Medical School - by Julia Martin Burch, PhD

Suicide Prevention
American Academy of Pediatrics

Important Information about Suicide Prevention

It is critical that we recognize that there is NO singular cause or preventative measure that could have been taken to prevent these recent tragedies. 

During the wait for conclusions to be drafted and research to be properly collected, we offer the following reminders.

  • The face of suicide is changing. The rate of suicide is increasing in Orange County and all teenagers are at risk, including our high achieving students, athletes, and artists.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24.
  • Teens at risk for attempting suicide cannot always be identified in a single screening.
  • Due to the impulsive nature of teens, their age group is at higher risk to make sudden attempts on their lives, seemingly without warning.

We want to address the impact of perfectionism among performance driven teens in academics, the arts, and athletics in Orange County. We believe this is a critical factor to identifying and intervening with "the new face of suicide".

  • Research confirms that current generations of young adults put more pressure on themselves than generations before them.
  • This self-imposed pressure to be perfect is a known risk factor to considering suicide.An environment where success is so highly valued fuels this pressure on our teens.
  • Intolerance for mistakes and weakness make high achieving in academics, athletics, or the arts particularly vulnerable to social isolation when their self-imposed perfectionist standards are not met.
  • Pursuing perfection decreases the likelihood that these teens will seek help from others.

For the full PDF excerpt, please visit this link: Suicide Prevention Press Statement Feb 2018.

Teen & Family Hotlines

National Hotlines

California Youth Crisis Line (24/7) 1-800-843-5200 

National Runaway Safeline (24/7) 1-800-786-2929

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7) 1-800-273-8255

SAFE Alternatives (Self-Injury Hotline) (24/7) 1-800-366-8288

Trevor Project (for LGBTQ youth) (24/7) 1-866-488-7386,Text "Trevor" to 1-202-304-1200 (hours vary) or Chat Online 

Teen Line  (hours vary)1-800-852-8336 or Text "TEEN" to 839863

Orange County Local Hotlines

OC Domestic Violence Hotline (OC Sherriff's Dept) (24/7) 714-992-1931 

OC Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline (24/7) 1-877-727-4747

OC Links (OC Dept of Behavioral Health Services) (M-F 8a-6p) 1-855-625-4657

P.F.L.A.G. South OC Chapter (Parents and Friends of LGBTQ persons) 949-677-7840

Adolescent dating abuse

What is Adolescent Dating Abuse?

Teens: Are You in a Healthy or Abusive Dating Relationship? Take the quiz.

teen Vaping & Nicotine Addiction

Teen Vaping

Say Something Anonymous Reporting System allows you to submit secure & anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals BEFORE they hurt themselves or others.

Call 1-844-5-SAYNOW