Monday, June 29, 2015

Teen Drinking and Driving

In the United States, car crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers. If drunk driving statistics are to be believed, the rising trend of teenagers driving under the influence of alcohol is to be blamed for this.

In teenagers―those who resort to binge drinking in particular―alcohol is often the root cause of overconfidence of being able to handle anything. Then there is the case of peer pressure, wherein a teen will be forced to take the wheel when he is drunk, even if he doesn't want to. This, for some people, is just a means for deriving 'some fun'. In either case, driving safety takes the backseat, and what follows is a disaster. 

A boy in his teens is 18 times more likely to crash his vehicle when he has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05 percent than a boy in the same age group who is sober. In girls, the likelihood of a crash is three times more than what it is in case of boys.

Most of the drivers forget to use their seat belts after consuming alcohol. In 2010, 56 percent of drivers in the age group of 15 – 20 who were involved in fatal drunk driving crashes were reportedly not wearing their seat belts.
The adolescent brain is undergoing major brain development, and introducing alcohol to this fertile environment can have a lasting, negative impact on growth processes. StopTeenDUI, is a website created by California's Administrative Office of the Courts to inform teens and parents about the dangers of driving under the influence. Additional, long-term outcomes from underage drinking include a disruption of normal brain development, death of brain cells and alcoholism. In other words, the temporary, feel-good effects of alcohol have detrimental, long-term consequences that each teen should consider before choosing to engage in underage drinking.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

How to make sure our kids facebook posts are appropriate

If you have an underage child on Facebook – and this pertains to all ages of our kids on Facebook – We at Beauty Within Teen Esteem Foundation, strongly recommend that as part of the privilege and responsibility for using the site is that you be “friends” with your child.  This gives you an open door into what he/she posts, language used by them and others, unfamiliar friends, how much personal info they are sharing and choices they make. Parents need to set guidelines and boundaries with their children and let them know that your privilege for having a Facebook account comes only with complete and open access by you the parent. That to have this privilege you will be having ongoing discussion about “friends” on Facebook, posts and anything else you the parent feels necessary to discuss.  This is one way to help keep your child safe on line.

Aside from this, 13 is generally the age when kids start developing a broader understanding of the world around them and, along with that, a better sense of what's appropriate to share online. As young teens, kids also are developing a desire to control more of their activities as well as the maturity to handle that control.

If your kid is expressing interest in joining a social network, discuss the pros and cons and do your own research so you fully understand the implications of joining a particular network. If you want your kid to wait to sign up, consider pointing him or her toward more age-appropriate sites such as Yoursphere or Fanlala. Kuddle is also a quality Instagram substitute. It's also possible you can rally your kids' friends' parents to restrict their kids from Facebook, so you won't get that "but everyone is on it!" argument.

If your kid does end up joining a social network -- whether she's 10 or 16 -- here are some ground rules that work for many parents:
Tell your kids to think before they post. Remind them that everything can be seen by a vast, invisible audience (otherwise known as friends-of-friends-of-friends), and, once something's online, it's hard to take back.
Be respectful of others. Kids may use social media to act out because they feel anonymous and that their actions are consequence-free. Make sure they understand that the Internet is a giant community that works best when everyone respects each other.

The problem is that we never know who's really looking at our information.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Plan Your Earth Day Celebrations

While Earth Day is officially on Wednesday, April 22nd, many of our communities are taking the coming month to celebrate and raise awareness for Earth Day. I encourage you to volunteer for a local environmental organization, hike one of the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, start a recycling program at your school or workplace, and attend one of these community Earth Day Events.
City of Calabasas Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo
Saturday, April 11 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Las Virgenes Creek on Agoura Rd.
For more information:
City of Santa Clarita Earth Arbor Day
Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd.
For more information:
Earth Day Open House at Chatsworth Nature Preserve
Sunday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Chatsworth Nature Preserve, enter the park through the chain-link fence gate on Valley Circle Blvd., just southwest of the curve where Plummer St. turns into Valley Circle Blvd.
For more information:
Malibu Earth Day Fair 2015 "Making Waves"
Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Malibu City Hall, 23825 Stuart Ranch Rd.
For more information:
City of Thousand Oaks 10th Annual Arbor Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 18 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E Janss Rd.
For more information:
West Valley-Warner Center Chamber of Commerce and Tarzana Neighborhood Council 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tarzana Park, 5655 Vanalden Ave., Tarzana
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