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More and more, people are trying to quit smoking by replacing their tobacco-filled cigarette with an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette. The good news is that by using e-cigs instead of regular cigarettes, the smoker is no longer exposing his lungs to smoke multiple times a day. The bad news is that e-cigarettes


Still contain nicotine 

Contain other chemicals that are not regulated in any way

Are unproven in terms of their ability to help people quit smoking


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How much time is to much spent online?

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According to a Pew Internet & American Life Project report, almost 25% of all teens between 14 to 17 years old had smartphones in 2012. Those numbers have surely increased since then.

Many parents have no idea just how dangerous smartphones can be to the safety of their teens. They use them to “check-in” all over town, letting strangers know where they are at any given time. Oftentimes, they will text and drive, taking chances with their lives and others on the road.

And, these dangers are just the tip of the iceberg. So, before you allow your child to have a smartphone, you need to establish some important ground rules first.

4 Tips for Keeping Teens with Smartphones Safe

1) No Check-Ins Allowed

Foursquare and Facebook check-ins may seem cool. But, for teens, they can be ways for predators to keep tabs on your kids’ locations. Yes, it may be reasonable for your child to want you, their other family and friends to know they’re at a local hangout, basketball game or concert. But, is this really information you want strangers knowing too?

It’s important that your child’s Facebook privacy settings restrict who’s allowed to see this information. This helps protect them from stalkers and predators. However, when it comes foursquare and similar apps, they’re often Twitter co-mingled. That means that just about anyone “following” the can discover their whereabouts.


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The link between childhood trauma and porn use is strong, with significant physiological and psychological impacts. Children who experience trauma are more likely to develop emotional intimacy issues later in life, including porn addiction, sex addiction and x.


What is Childhood Trauma?

In children, traumatic experiences can include sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, exposure to violence, witnessing violence, divorce, deaths, neglect, a natural disaster or troubling event like a car crash or fire. In each case, children are exposed to events that are too overwhelming for them to cope with.


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your teen’s experimentation with drugs and alcohol may be the cause, or at least a trigger, of the defiant behavior?

If so, the time to get control of your teen’s negative behavior is now. Oftentimes, parents try to ignore bad behavior, hoping it will just “grow” away. But, things just end up going from bad to worse. In time, you also end up losing your credibility as an influential authority figure in your teen’s life. And, once that’s gone, it’s extremely hard to gain it back.

Now, throw in the issues of addiction. People can become addicted to just about anything: alcohol, narcotics, prescription drugs, shopping, eating, social networking, internet use, exercising, video games, pornography, and even sex. When it comes to teen addiction, it’s important for parents to take action immediately. Ignoring the problem, or taking a passive approach, will only lead to even more defiant behaviors.

The Myth about Hitting Rock Bottom

American culture, along with various infamous alcohol and drug addiction programs, are sticklers about the “hitting rock bottom” myth. The general idea is that an addict must sink to the lowest depths possible before he/she will accept help. Now, don’t get it wrong. When parents seek help for teen addictions, it’s often the direct result of the family hitting rock bottom, not the teen specifically.

When it comes to teens, however, it’s best that parents get help for both addiction and teen defiance long before teens reach the bottom of the pit. In most cases, teens who are forced into treatment do just as well as teens who seek out treatment for themselves. As a matter of fact, there’s some really innovative technology available these days, related to addiction treatment. So, even defiant teens who are violently against treatment have been known to sober up and straighten up, with professional help.

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