Every adult can think back to their teenage years and remember the “growing pains” they had to endure. Though different for each individual, the trends that were popular during that time period made a single person part of a group by participating in that particular trend.
In high school, there has been the concern for years of young adults taking part in the trend that involves alcohol and drug use. Parents that should be grateful knowing their child is not partaking in this dangerous trend need to make sure to keep their guard up.
While one trend may end, another one pops up that presents new ways to push the boundaries as well as endangering the lives of teenagers. The following are trends that have gained popularity with young adults that could have dangerous and deadly consequences.
The trend of Planking in itself is not a dangerous thing to do. What the act involves is for the individual to lie face down – like a board – on any and every surface. While the activity is taking place, a picture will be taken and then posted on the internet. The picture is sent to planking groups where they compare others pictures to see which would be considered silly to the most daring and dangerous. This is where deadly consequences can occur as teenagers have a tendency to act first before thinking about how dangerous the act could be.
Many injuries have resulted from planking. A male teen died when he thought of planking on a balcony, only to plummet seven stories to his death. Though planking is mostly harmless, parents should advise their children to think about safety and use common sense before trying.
Though it is already a good idea for parents to monitor how their teen uses the internet, a new trend is creating a way for an individual to get high online. This is an attempt to alter a teen’s consciousness through sound and is called “I-dosing.”
Teenagers have the ability to download music online and listen to it through the use of their headphones. Certain MP3s have been created to generate effects that have similar qualities of getting high just as if you were taking drugs.
These particular sound tracks can last from five to 30 minutes and consist of binaural beats, so that the frequency of one tone will come through one ear while the other frequency will change slightly and is heard in the other ear. Though researchers have said the act of I-dosing in itself is harmless, there are parents that have stated their concern that this trend could lead to the desire to try other narcotics in the future.
This next trend is supposed to allow a teen to get a quick buzz using vodka but not having to worry about the smell of alcohol on their breath. The trend known as vodka eyeballing, has a teen not slamming back shot after shot of the alcohol, but pouring it directly into their eye. As the eye is filled with blood vessels, the alcohol is absorbed through what is called the mucous membrane and enters the bloodstream immediately as a result of the veins that are in the back of the eye.
The quick buzz is achieved without the teen worrying of having alcohol on their breath; however, the consequences for doing this can be severe. Being that vodka generally contains between 40 to 50 percent alcohol, it can burn and scar the cornea, and in the severest consequence; cause blindness.
This trend focuses on a game that is potentially lethal and involves the assistance of a friend or use of restraints to help choke the player so that the flow of blood is cut off to the brain. The purpose of “the choking game” is to achieve the high that results from the restraint being released and the flow of blood rushes back into the brain.
The “high” feeling that is reached, in actuality, comes as a result of the thousands of brain cells that die due to the lack of oxygen. This action results in bleeding in the brain (also known as a “silent stroke”), long term brain damage, stroke and coma. Also, there is no way for the player to know the exact time to let go, so many participants pass out and there are reports that some actually hang themselves.
Most that play this game are teenagers who are looking to get high through the use of alcohol or drugs. It is estimated that 250 to 1,000 teenagers each year die from playing the choking game; however, most of them are ruled as suicides.
These are only a few of the new trends that teenagers are taking a part of. Since trends are constantly changing, only time will tell what the new trends of tomorrow will be.
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Online games affect child’s psychological growth and behavior
People can connect to people from other parts of the world in so many ways both paid or not. We can get connected through favorite social media apps, dating sites, and for the younger ones they compare themselves with others through online gaming.
The advancement of technology has evolved from simple forms to very impressive ones that have taken these sites including video games to a higher level. With today’s innovative technology, these games already come in features you never know that existed.
Meanwhile, online gaming has been one of the most popular on children and even young adults as their past-time activity while others play for a living.
Although, the problem on these online platforms is that at times it can be addictive for others and could cause violence in the long run—there are risks when these sites are used in the wrong way. Most of those who are affected by these issues are our children, and the numbers of these cases have gone out of hand around the world.
Studies show that when children are exposed to too much screen time or play time online causes harm to their behavior, and their psychological and physical growth.
It affects the way they speak, interacts, and respond to people and things around them. They tend to live their ‘real life’ as if it is one of their games.
Sadly, most reports are connected with violence and misbehavior in their homes and schools. It will only be a matter of time when children forget that they need to communicate with real people and the real world.
Accordingly, this happens to a lot of children from around the world, and the solution to this unruly behavior is only one thing—that is ending their addiction to online games. But how can we benefit the advantages of new technology and not its wrong sides?
As parents and educators, we should be the first ones to set the limit for our children by letting them see that there is more to life than their lives in online games. We play a vital role in their behavior and how they use the internet; while it is true that not everything we see on the internet is terrible, but what we do not understand is what causes the wrong turns.
We can reduce the risks of children getting addicted to games by understanding that social media and online games are not solely the root of it all, but when our lifestyle gets disrupted by it, it will be safe to conclude that it might be the cause of changed behavior.
Michelle Obama Shares About Her Miscarriage In Her Book “Becoming”
Michelle Obama spoke about her miscarriage 20 years ago. She told Good Morning America that she had been feeling lonely and lost since her miscarriage happened. This is something she hid for so long. But now Mrs. Obama has spoken about it boldly in her memoir “Becoming” which is set to be released on Tuesday. In her book, she talks about her life, family, marriage, and politics. This one of the most awaited books in political history as it ranks as the best-seller on Amazon.
On her miscarriage, she mentioned how it had crippled her to open up about it since she felt like couples do not usually discuss it. She said that she suffered the feeling of being a failure and acknowledge that feeling of brokenness due to this event in her life and marriage.
The pain a mother feels for her lost child can never equal to any pain an ordinary person would feel. It is the death of a supposed ‘bundle of joy’— the death of what could have been happiness. Millions of women around the world could tell how it pains them to lose a child and she is one of them. As she writes boldly about her unwanted phase in life, she wishes to reach women of the same circumstances. Mrs. Obama also revealed that they had their 2 children, Sasha and Malia, through in-vitro fertilization.
In her book, she not only shared about her sadness and grief about her miscarriage but she also shared about her falling in love, their first kiss, and how it all started. How she met her husband and how she coped up being one of America’s first lady for years – something that is now written in books for a lifetime.
Mrs. Obama also opened up about her thoughts on racism which she experienced first-hand from people around the globe. Being America’s first black first lady did not come that easy on her. She and her family had to deal with years of agony, but now with all pride and confidence, she has found her peace knowing that they have made a significant impact on the nations. Brave enough to face fears and the norm.
Research Shows Infants Still Sleeping with Bedding, Despite SIDS Risk
More than half of American parents continue to use soft bedding for their sleeping babies, according to a new study.
Researchers analyzed the results of the National Infant Sleep Position survey and found nearly 19,000 parents of children younger than 8 months who were contacted by phone and answered questions about their baby’s sleep environment. Most were white mothers, nearly half with a college education, and about half had a previous child, according to the study.
The most common use of bedding occurred among teen mothers, more than 80 percent used bedding. Not having a college education and younger mothers in general were also linked to more frequent use of bedding. Minority mothers were more likely than white mothers to use soft bedding, the study reported.
The study found about 70 percent of the infants sleeping with soft bedding were on adult beds and/or sharing a sleeping surface with someone else.
Researchers found that the use of bedding for infants declined from an average of 86 percent between 1993 and 1995 to an average of 55 percent between 2008 and 2010. Most of that decline, however, occurred before 2000.
In 1996, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated a recommendation on sleeping positions for babies, advising that they sleep on their back on firm surfaces without any soft bedding like blankets or quilts, which may pose a suffocation risk.
The findings were reported online Dec. 1 in Pediatrics.
Infants should be placed to sleep alone, on their backs, on a firm sleep surface, such as in a mattress in a safety-approved crib External Web Site Policy, covered by a fitted sheet. Soft objects, toys, crib bumpers, quilts, comforters and loose bedding should be kept out of the baby’s sleep area.
“Soft bedding has been shown to increase the risk of SIDS. Soft objects and loose bedding — such as thick blankets, quilts and pillows — can obstruct an infant’s airway and impose suffocation risk,” said lead author Carrie Shapiro-Mendoza, a senior scientist in the Maternal and Infant Health Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Parents have good intentions but may not understand that blankets, quilts and pillows increase a baby’s risk of SIDS and accidental suffocation.”
SIDS, the third leading cause of death for infants in the U.S., is defined by the CDC as “the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the clinical history.”
“The safest place for a baby to sleep is on his back, in a crib or bassinet in the parent’s or caregiver’s room,” Shapiro-Mendoza said.
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