The source kids really trust with questions about health? Surprise: their parents.
Four out of five teenagers turn to the Internet for health information, but they don’t always put much stock in what they find, according to the Teens, Health & Technology
national survey released in June 2015 by Northwestern University.
55% of the adolescents (age 13-15) surveyed reported that they got "a lot" of health information from their parents. “Everyone thinks teens don’t talk to their parents, but if they’re really worried about their symptoms, they’ll go to them,” said Marguerita Lightfoot, a professor of medicine at the University of California, in a recent New York Times article
about the study findings.
If you think your child may be depressed, contemplating suicide, abusing drugs, in an abusive relationship or being bullied, the first and most important thing you can do is to come right out and ask.
Research says that when parents talk openly about these issues children have better self-control and develop more negative perceptions of these risky behaviors. Early intervention is the key to successful treatment for children who suffer addiction or depressive illnesses. Explore Weller Center programs and parent resources for more ways to address these issues. Contact us at 610-841-4494 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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What Parents Are Saying...
Definitely attention grabbing and encourages every parent to have the conversation with their kids. I would be very interested in learning not only what to say to get the conversation started but also what not to say so my teen doesn't get defensive and shut down.
Wow. After viewing the video, I'm very much looking forward to sitting down with my middle school kids and starting some dialogue. Thank you!
A great video to help parents understand that children want the help and really just need someone to talk to.
Powerful video. Time to sit those kids down and see what's really happening in their lives. Thank you!