Are Teens Going Online to Form Romantic Relationships?

Many teens use the Internet to make new friends, but are today's teenagers also going online to find romantic partners? Moreover, do lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) teens use the Internet in different ways than non-LGBTQ teens when it comes to finding romantic partners? These questions and more answered in our new infographic.

Four Ways that Online Harassment Can Be Upsetting for Youth

What factors make some incidences of online harassment more upsetting to youth than others? While most Internet-using youth do not get harassed online, a fraction of youth harassed online are upset by the experience. Knowing what to look for can help us assist youth in need.

Online Social Support for LGBT Teens

In today's digital age, meeting friends online is quite common for youth of all sexual and gender identities. However, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, online social support may be especially helpful. Our new infographic illustrates data from a national study of 13- to 18-year-old youth.

Talking Online Can Be Life Changing For Sexual Minority Guys

The Internet can be an important source of health information & social support for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) teens. Our recent study builds on this finding. We conducted message board discussions with gay, bisexual, and queer teen guys. While these may seem like old news, these can be a great way to bring people with similar interest together.

Sexting among Teenagers: Details from a National Study

The vast majority of teens don’t sext. However, among the small percentage who do, a couple patterns emerged from our Teen Health and Technology study. Our new infographic, “Sexting among Teens,” illustrates these data.

How Many Teens Are Actually Sexting?

The majority of U.S. teens send text messages, but what about sexually suggestive texts? Several national studies show that "sexting" among teens is not as commonplace as reported by media headlines.

With mHealth, Mobile Technology Improves Our Health

From keeping us connected to changing the way we think of communication, some of the many benefits of mobile technology are obvious. However, have you also considered that mobile technology can greatly impact health care access and transform health behaviors?

Two Things You Need to Know About Youth Violence

Although cases of youth violence often seem highlighted in the media, data from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention shows that the youth arrest rate for violent crimes has actually been declining, among a few other surprising trends.

Family Matters: Parental Rules for Internet Use

The issue of Internet safety wasn't something our parents or their parents before them had to deal with. In our latest infographic, we present data from the Growing up with Media study, illustrating how parents today feel and enforce rules regarding their child's Internet use.

Family Matters: Youth and Video Games

In a culture saturated with video games, some violent and some addictive, getting a realistic sense of how much and what types of video games youth play is important for understanding the influence of video games. Find these statistics in our latest infographic.

New Bill: Treatment for Perpetrators of Sexual Assault

New California based bill supports treatment as part of the justice system for juvenile sexual assault perpetrators.

Teens Online and Sexual “Predators”

With Facebook and other popular social media sites being an integral part of teen social life, many parents feel the imperative to talk to their kids about Internet safety–including the potential for meeting nefarious people intent on exploiting children. But, are online sexual predators really a threat or is it just a media hype?

Youth Exposure to Violence

Recent research from the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center suggest that trends in exposure to violence has significantly declined for both children and teens in the past decade.

Family Matters: Youth and Mental Health

As the Internet and other media types with violent and sexual content become increasingly prominent in the lives of today’s youth, questions have been raised regarding what impact this has on the mental health and well-being of youth. Find out more about the current rates for youth depression, substance abuse, and sexual behavior.

Online Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Youth

Study finds that LGB youth are using the Internet as a type of social safety net. Moreover, LGB youth are using the Internet more adventurously than non-LGB youth, including meeting new people online.

The Top 5 Myths of Cyberbullying

We all ‘know’ about cyberbullying. How much of it is true, though? Cyberbullying has been a recent and rising concern for parents, communities, and healthcare and education professionals alike.

Violent Video Games and Weapon Carrying in School

Youth who play violent video and computer games are more than four times as likely as those who play non-violent games to carry a weapon to school in the past month.

Teens and Technology

Is the Internet such a menace? Media reports suggest that the Internet is a dangerous place for teens, but research finds that the Internet may not be so bad after all.

Family Matters: Youth Exposure to Violence and Sex in Media

How often are youth exposed to sex on TV, online, and in games? What about violence? Find out all the statistics.

Five Facts You Need to Know About Youth and Sex

It’s normal as parents to not want to think about your child having sex, let alone being sexually violent or forcing others to do things sexually. Unfortunately, our recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that not only do we need to be thinking about sexual violence, we need to be talking with our children about it as well.

1 in 10 Youth Have Perpetrated Sexual Violence

In a national study released today, 9% of youth reported that they had coercive or forced sexual violence during their lifetime, and perpetrators reported more exposure to violent X-rated material. What does this mean for parents, teachers, and others talking with youth about healthy and unhealthy sex?

When CyberBullying Doesn’t Stay Online

The Internet has impacted and changed the world as we knew it forever. Of increasing importance has been the exploration of the effect of Internet use on social and emotional health. Part of this research has been mapping out how experiences online can be either similar or different from those offline.

The Internet: A Sex Education Class for Teens

The availability of health information online may be an important tool for teens exploring sexuality and other health topics.

How Does Your Teen Use the Internet?

Teens are using the Internet to create support that may be lacking elsewhere.

How often are teens exposed to violence online?

A national Growing up with Media study reported youth experiences of and exposures to violence online and via text messaging. Online violent experiences and exposures do not appear to be getting worse or more frequent, but many text-messaging–based violent experiences seem to have increased. Why?

Dating in the 21st Century

Consider: In 2010, users spent more than twice as much time on dating websites as they did on dating apps. Just one year later, in 2011, users spent slightly more time on dating apps than they did on dating websites. Here is a sampling of mobile dating apps that are helping people find romantic or sexual connections – often in inventive ways.

Family Matters: Trends in Family Media Use

Do you know what percentage of youth know how to get around or disable the blocking software on their home computers? This percent and more were determined in a national study from The Center for Innovative Public Health Research that measured trends in household rules for media use by youth.

10 Assumptions We Make about Teens and Media

Does every teen have a Facebook? What are the best ways to reach out to teens? How are teens using media? The facts about 10 common assumptions made about teens' use of media.