WBEZ | teenagers http://www.wbez.org/tags/teenagers Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Nicky Margolis: Texting in the theater turns us into teenagers http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-08/nicky-margolis-texting-theater-turns-us-teenagers-94718 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/Nicky Margolis web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-08/Nicky Margolis web.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" title="Nicky Margolis is not texting while she talks. (Photo by Ali Weiss Klingler)"></p><p>Recently, texting in the theater and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-30/stamp-approval-texting-tweeting-theaters-94460">not being considered the rudest person on earth</a> became a distinct possibility. Nicky Margolis explains, with her thoughts on how this new theater etiquette precedent might make us all teenagers. Read an excerpt here, and listen below. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.</p><p><em>Construction for the new Tateuchi Center in Bellevue, Washington has not yet broken ground, but already the theater has a groundbreaking idea that it hopes will attract younger audiences to its shows. According to the </em>New York Times<em>, the 2000-seat concert hall and 250-seat cabaret will be the first of its kind to allow text-messaging during its live performances. Set to open in 2014, plans are in place to wire the building, and install a 12 to 14 foot antenna to ensure clear cell phone reception.</em></p><p><em>Which is great. Because Nielsen reports that in 2010, the average teenager sent 3,339 texts per month. Or about 6 texts every waking hour. So, with the average theater performance being two hours long, that's at least twelve texts per show. That is twelve important thoughts that would remain unexpressed in a normal, non-text friendly theater. Thank you Tateuchi Center! Finally a place that understand how to appease teenagers. Just let them blindly do whatever they want to do.</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483837-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-12-03-papermachete-nicky-margolis.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/12/07/1210-line-up/">Saturday at the Horseshoe</a> is one of the last times you can see the <em>Machete</em> in December, before the holiday winds of change sweep us all away. They'll be talking about Blago, obviously, and the line-up includes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.madambarker.com/" target="_blank">Madame Barker’s Cabaret</a>&nbsp;(Molly Brennan&nbsp;and&nbsp;John Fournier); Occupiers Art and Nancy Brennan; Chad the Bird; comedian <a href="http://therealcameronesposito.com/">Cameron Esposito</a>;&nbsp;Kate James and Steve Waltien of The Second City and WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey">Claire Zulkey</a>. With music by <a href="http://www.myspace.com/babyteethmusic">Baby Teeth</a>.</p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-08/nicky-margolis-texting-theater-turns-us-teenagers-94718 Can frequent family dinners help teens resist drugs? http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-22/can-frequent-family-dinners-help-teens-resist-drugs-92379 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-23/istock_000017748950large_custom.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Before you hit the drive-through for dinner with the family in tow, consider what a sit-down meal, well, brings to the table.</p><p>Sit-down family meals yield a whole heap of benefits for teenagers, including a disinclination to try drugs and better-quality family relationships, according to a <a href="http://www.casacolumbia.org/upload/2011/2011922familydinnersVII.pdf">report</a> from the <a href="http://www.casacolumbia.org">National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse</a>. The study surveyed more than 1,000 teens and found that 58 percent eat dinner with their families at least five times per week — a number that's held steady over the years, according to <a href="http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/AboutCASA.aspx?articleid=293&amp;zoneid=39">Kathleen Ferrigno</a>, director of marketing at the center.</p><p>In the comparison study, teens who ate with their families between 5 and 7 times a week said they were four times less likely to use alcohol, tobacco or marijuana than teens who dined fewer than three times per week with their families.</p><p>The report, titled "<a href="http://www.casacolumbia.org/upload/2011/2011922familydinnersVII.pdf">The Importance of Family Dinners VII</a>," is much like the endless incarnations of the "Halloween" horror movie series: The results remain fairly consistent since the earlier surveys. (Side note: "Halloween" actress <a href="http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/AboutCASA.aspx?articleid=23&amp;zoneid=1">Jamie Lee Curtis</a> is a director emeritus for the center.)</p><p>"Having a set time for dinner when the kids come home shows teens that they can depend on parents," Ferrigno tells Shots. "It's a direct message telling teens that 'my parents love me and care about me.'"</p><p>But it's not a hungry herd's meal alone that helps teens resist the temptations of drugs and alcohol.</p><p>"It's all about parental engagement," Ferrigno says. "Conversations can be about what you watched on TV, about your favorite team winning the game or what's going on at school and what their friends are doing. It's an opportunity to listen to kids."</p><p>The teens who reported having frequent family dinners were also more likely to say they had excellent relationships with their mother, father and siblings.</p><p>This makes sense, since kids look up to their older brothers or sisters on the substance issue. The study found that teens who believed their older siblings had tried an illegal drug were more likely to try it themselves — compared to those teens who didn't believe big sister or brother had tried drugs.</p><p>And it's not just teens who may benefit: As Shots <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/01/26/133243471/a-psychoanalyst-calls-for-eating-with-culinary-mindfulness">has reported</a>, family meals eaten with "culinary mindfulness" can be good for everyone's mental health.</p><p>But what if you don't have time for beef bourguignon in the dining room or even pizza after basketball practice? Don't fret. Find another way to hang with your kids.</p><p>"Creating opportunities to connect is what's important," Ferrigno says. "If your schedule can't be rearranged to include family dinners, engage in other kinds of activities with your children so that you are a reliable, involved and interested presence in their lives."</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.</div></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-22/can-frequent-family-dinners-help-teens-resist-drugs-92379 Teens and tweens find they too need vaccines to attend school http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-18/teens-and-tweens-find-they-too-need-vaccines-attend-school-92171 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-19/tween_vaccine.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Parents used to think that once their kids were out of elementary school, they were done with vaccines. But the rules are changing.</p><p>In California, middle schoolers and high schoolers now have to prove that they're immunized against <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002528/">pertussis</a>, or whooping cough, in order to attend school. It's one of dozens of states that have recently passed laws requiring vaccines for teens and tweens.</p><p>The California law was prompted by an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/06/24/128078400/whooping-cough-epidemic-strikes-california">outbreak</a> of whooping cough that killed 10 babies last year, and sickened 9,000 people. "It had been 63 years since we'd seen those types of numbers," says <a href="http://futurehealth.ucsf.edu/Public/Leadership-Programs/MiniProfile.aspx?asuid=4880">Ron Chapman</a>, director of the California Department of Public Health</p><p>Pertussis causes a violent cough that can last for weeks, and can be deadly in babies too young to get vaccinated. Because it spreads easily in schools, and because the protection that children get from pertussis shots in early childhood wears off, health officials vaccinate older children to help halt spread of the disease.</p><p>But that means they have to vaccinate about 3 million children. "It is a huge, massive vaccination response," Chapman says. It also means rolling out every public health communication tool in the book, from multilingual <a href="http://www.shotsforschool.org/psa_download.html">public service announcements</a> to <a href="http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=173912842658770" target="_self">Facebook posts</a>.</p><p>Parents are targeted, too. Jeanette Restauro of Fairfield, Calif., got four different reminders to get her 11-year-old daughter vaccinated. "The first time I got the information was through my daughter's backpack," she says. "Then a few weeks later they did it again. Then once on the email and once in a phone recording."</p><p>That worked: Restauro took Alyssa in to get the shot. It's something she never had to do when her four older children were that age.</p><p>But it's something that parents all over the country now have to start thinking about. In the past few years, dozens of states have passed <a href="http://www.immunize.org/laws/">laws</a> requiring shots for teens and preteens. Pertussis (given in the <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007334.htm">Tdap shot</a>) and <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/default.htm">meningococcus</a> are the most common.</p><p>"It used to be that when you were in kindergarten you were done with immunization, but that's not how it is any more," says <a href="http://www.childrensmercy.org/findadoctor/view.aspx?id=13592">Sharon Humiston</a>, a professor of pediatrics at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. "You have immunizations throughout the lifespan now."</p><p>Sometimes that's because early-childhood vaccinations, like whooping cough, wear off and boosters are required. In other cases, it's because doctors have come up with new vaccines, like <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/hpv/">HPV</a>. But it's not always easy to get teenagers in for these shots. One problem is that a lot of teens aren't covered by health insurance. And many parents and kids aren't familiar with the diseases.</p><p>Meningococcal disease is one of those. It's a rare but deadly form of meningitis. Humiston has seen teenagers grievously ill in the emergency room from meningococcus infections, and hopes she never sees it again. "I think that once parents see a photograph of one adolescent who has lost their limbs to meningococcal disease, they end up choosing the vaccine," she says.</p><p>That's why the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments are trying to educate tweens, teens, and their parents about both the diseases and the vaccines available. (The CDC's <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/">preteen and teen vaccines</a> website includes a quiz, videos, and a vaccine scheduler.)</p><p>In some cases, teenagers may need <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/for-parents.html">catchup vaccines</a> for diseases such as chicken pox or hepatitis B. And as teen vaccines become more common, parents and pediatricians are learning that while big kids may not cry, they don't always handle shots so well. Humiston says: "We even sometimes have adolescents who faint after getting their shots."</p><p>That's a reminder, if any is needed, that big strong 17-year-olds still need parents watching their backs when it comes to health.</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.</div></p> Sun, 18 Sep 2011 23:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-18/teens-and-tweens-find-they-too-need-vaccines-attend-school-92171 Fatal car crashes drop for 16-year-olds, rise for older teens http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-13/fatal-car-crashes-drop-16-year-olds-rise-older-teens-91953 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-14/teen-driver.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Terrified to see your teenager behind the wheel? You're not alone. But a new <a href="http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/10/1098.abstract?sid=b3207813-a3d1-42b9-a10c-bc9ebf94e95b">study</a> finds tougher state licensing laws have led to a decrease in fatal accidents, at least among 16-year-olds. That's the good news.</p><p>But here's the rub. Some kids are waiting until they're 18-years-old to get their driver's licenses. At this point, they're considered adults, and they don't have to jump through the hoops required of younger teens. They can opt out of driver's ed. And they are not subject to nighttime driving restrictions or passenger restrictions.</p><p>"[Older teens] are saying, 'The heck with your more complicated process,'" says Justin McNaull, director of state relations for the American Automobile Association. At 18, teenagers can, in many cases, get their license in a matter of weeks.</p><p>It's one explanation for the latest findings published in the <em>Journal of the American Medical Association</em>. Researchers at the University of North Carolina and the California Department of Motor Vehicles analyzed more than 130,000 fatal teen crashes over 22 years.</p><p>They found that tougher licensing laws have led to 1,348 fewer fatal car crashes involving 16-year-old drivers. But during the same period, fatal crashes involving 18-year-old drivers increased. They were behind the wheel in 1,086 more fatal accidents.</p><p>States have made the licensing process more rigorous in many ways: longer permitting times, driver's ed requirements, and restrictions on nighttime driving and carrying fellow teenage passengers. Experts say all of these requirements help give teenagers the experience they need on the road. "In the last 15 years, we've made great strides in getting the licensing process to do a better job in helping teens get through it safely," says McNaull.</p><p>California has seen a big drop in 16-year-olds getting their driver's license. Back in 1986, 27 percent got licensed. By 2007, the figure dropped to 14 percent.</p><p>"We have more novices on the road at 18," says Scott Masten of the California DMV and an author of the study. And some of them may not have enough experience under their belts to face risky conditions. Masten says this may help explain the increase in fatal crashes.</p><p>It's not clear whether there are significantly fewer 16-year-olds behind the wheel in other states because there's no national database. But anecdotally, experts see this as a trend.</p><p>"There's a belief that graduated licensing has led to a delay," says Anne McCart, a senior vice president at the<a href="http://www.iihs.org/default.aspx"> Insurance Institute for Highway Safety</a>.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.allstatefoundation.org/teen-licensing-survey">survey</a> of teens conducted by the Allstate Foundation found that there are many reasons teens are delaying the process of getting a license. Some say they don't have a car or can't afford it. Others report that their parents are not available to help them, or that they're too busy with other activities.</p><p>But parents who do want to be more proactive can refer to the tips the AAA <a href="http://www.TeenDriving.AAA.com">has compiled</a> on how to keep teens behind the wheel safe. And they might also consider <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/06/09/127592336/later-school-start-times-could-be-safer-for-teen-drivers">another recent study</a>, which showed that starting the school day a little bit later seems to reduce the accident rate for teen drivers.</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.</div></p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 23:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-13/fatal-car-crashes-drop-16-year-olds-rise-older-teens-91953