Agender vs Transgender

January 22, 2015

Check out this fascinating yet tragic NY Times Magazine cover story about a purported hate crime against Sasha, a white boy from Oakland CA who identifies as agender–neither male nor female– also known as genderqueer. In November, 2013, Sasha was wearing a skirt on a bus and a male teenager from the other side of […]


Texting into oblivion

August 18, 2010

A plastic surgeon to celebrities like Heidi Montag lost his life in an accident after driving off a cliff last night in Malibu…he’d been texting about his dog. Even if you’re not driving, you could be in danger of a technology-induced free-fall. Do you know where you drawn the line…digitally? Take the quiz and get […]


Powerful book gets into the mind of anorexic teen

May 29, 2010

Two girls make a pact in 8th grade to be the skinniest girls in school…and by senior year one of them is dead. That’s how acclaimed YA author Laurie Halse Anderson’s latest novel begins, getting into the mind of a teen with a very misunderstood illness. The result is a page-turner that’s also educational. According […]


Vote for new song about healthy relationships and saying no to dating violence!

May 26, 2010

Vote for “Stay Strong,” the new song sung by an amazing 14-year-old, Chessie Chaney, who stars in Start Strong Bronx’s new film “Broken Harmonies” co-written by Start Strong Bronx’s Teen Advisory Board. You can vote up to 5 times per day per IP address, and see where we are on Monday morning when they post […]


Bullying ends in tragedy

March 31, 2010

Nine Massachusetts teens are being charged for bullying a 15-year-old girl recently immigrated from Ireland so badly that she hung herself. What do you think of this punishment? Is it a good precedent? Too harsh? Should principals, teachers and students be held responsible?


Teen Dating Violence Prevention

February 15, 2010

Listen to what teens and researchers think about how to stop teen dating violence. Texas teen Mikala Jennings spoke about being one of three and Liz Claiborne Fight Teen Dating Abuse Grant Winners, and University of Texas professor Beverly M. Black and Wayne State University Professor Arlene Weisz discussed the book they co-wrote Programs […]


Unplanned teen pregnancies may be due to controlling partner’s sabotage

February 5, 2010

Another reason to help your friends escape a dating partner who isn’t treating them well is that the consequences could be lifelong. New research found that some teens and young women get pregnant without meaning to because their male partners are physically and sexually violent with them and messing with their birth control as another […]


“These FISH have manners!”*

February 2, 2010

Have you ever wanted to strangle the buffoon bellowing on his cell phone in the middle of a peaceful morning in your favorite Starbucks? Well, the flame-haired and very witty syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon does the next best thing. She calls him at home – after all, everyone within a 10-mile radius heard his […]


Clarification on teen abortion stats

January 31, 2010

Continuing the theme of yesterday’s post on the new Guttmacher Institute research, there were one-third fewer teen abortions overall between 1986 to 2006 – from 46% to 32% of all pregnancies of 15-19 year-olds. The 2006 teenage abortion rate was 19.3 abortions per 1,000 women, 56% lower than its 1988 peak but 1% higher than […]


Teen pregnancy up, abortions up

January 30, 2010

For the first time since the early 1990s, the number of pregnant teens went up – by 3% between 2005 and 2006. In plain language, about 7% of teen girls got pregnant in 2006. Early stats on 2007 births show more babies being born to all women – including teens and young women in their […]