FAQ

How much sleep do teens need each night?

At least nine hours!

As a parent, what can I do to prevent my teen from becoming pregnant?

  • Discourage early, steady dating
  • Talk with your teen early and often about sex, contraceptives,your morals and values
  • Make their future attractive by teaching your teen to dream
  • Use rules and curfews

What kind of sex education do teens prefer?

80% of students want an education program that includes both abstinence education and other prevention methods.

What is CSE?

CSE is an acronym for Comprehensive Sexuality Education which includes education about abstinence as the best way to prevent pregnancy and STIs but also “medically accurate” information about other preventative measures.

What are some signs of an eating disorder?

Some one with an eating disorder may:

  • Become very thin, frail, or emaciated
  • Be obsessed with food and weight control
  • Weigh herself/himself repeatedly
  • Avoid certain foods (dairy, meat, wheat, etc)
  • Exercise excessively
  • Withdraw from social activities, especially meals and celebrations involving food
  • Have a lack of energy
  • Intense dissatisfaction with body size, shape, and weight
  • Excuses to use the restroom immediately after meals

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is a term used to describe “when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones” (from the Stop Cyberbullying website).

As a parent, what can I do to prevent cyberbullying?

  • Monitor your children’s online activities just as you would their real-life activities.
  • Know the signs of suicide–treat all clues seriously and seek professional help immediately if your child exhibits signs of suicide.
  • Teach your children to treat others with respect and kindness.
  • Get involved.  Tell your friends and neighbors about the risks of bullying/cyberbullying and its connection to teen suicide.

As a teen, what can I do to prevent cyberbullying?

  • Don’t put yourself at risk online.  Be careful who your online “friends” are and don’t hang around online places where people could treat you badly.
  • Say “No” to bullying.
  • Report bullying.  If you watch and do nothing, it is the same as condoning the bully’s actions.  Tell an adult.
  • Treat others with respect.  Be careful how you communicate online so you are not insulting others.
  • Good Friends Don’t Keep Deadly Secrets!  If someone you know is thinking about suicide, tell an adult.

What are some things should I look for if I suspect my teen is suffering from depression?

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

How should I respond if I realize my teen is depressed?

It is very important to respond immediately and talk to your teen.  Offer non-judgemental support and show genuine concern for their feelings.  It is important to listen without lecturing or placing blame and be sure to validate their feelings.  Your next step should involve setting up an appointment with a doctor and exploring treatment options.  It is important to consider all options and recognize that medication is not always the best answer.


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