I feel like I have said this so many times before, but maybe I need to say this again. As parents, we have a responsibility to teach our kids that alcohol and drugs are sometimes dangerous and that it is illegal to drink when you are under 21. Most kids and teens can’t handle their alcohol. Yes, if the jane Doe rape victim in the Steubenville case would have stayed at home playing Monopoly with her parents and not snuck out to a party she probably won’t have been raped. But it is still not her fault. Period. More
Topic: underage drinking
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is investigating a second rape case that allegedly took place in April of 2012, involving a 14-year-old girl in Steubenville. Now, I know the good residents of Steubenville have claimed that the other alleged gang rape case involving a 16-year-old victim is an isolated incident, and that the kids of Steubenville are good kids who don’t engage in underage drinking or sexual assault, but because of new information regarding this case, I think maybe the parents of Steubenville are pretty deluded when it comes to what their teenagers are doing. And they may be interested in reading the following Tweets. More
Recently various sources released the probable cause transcripts in the court case involving the alleged rape that took place in Steubenville, Ohio during parties that were held at various locations on August 11th. I won’t link or post the transcripts here, because they name the underage victim in the case and I just don’t feel right about that. The transcripts are public knowledge, but I feel this girl has been victimized enough. I’ve read the transcripts myself, and even though they incidents describe no actual penis-to-vagina penetration, what they do describe is rape. And even though there are many individuals who want to argue this point with me, I stand by my belief that an unconscious individual cannot give consent to a sexual encounter. Hence, I will continue to use the word “rape” – because that is exactly what it is. More
The victim of the alleged Steubenville football team gang rape, the Jane Doe in the case, never deserved to be raped. As a mother with my own daughter, I can’t imagine how her parents must feel right now. I can’t … More
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m totally stoked for the day when my kid tells me if I don’t buy him booze he won’t “fit in” so I can laugh in his face forever. More
Listen, I hate to sound all positive and cheery about teenagers. Really, what mom does that? I’m still pretty positive that my little girl will be a hellion of a teen. It’s something that my mom seems to be really excited about.
But I guess the rest of you are getting off easy! Teens today are better behaved and more responsible than ever before. Pick your jaw up and look at these statistics. More
I won’t argue that going through a divorce affects a child. Obviously, the change in structure and routine will have an impact on every member of the family. But divorce might not have the serious negative consequences that so many people used to believe. We’ve already learned that the education level of the parents is much more influential on a child’s development than the parents’ marriage status. Now, Jezebel is reporting that your parental style has a larger impact on the risks of your child binge drinking than divorce.
In the latest hand-ringing news about teenagers and the ills of Facebook, a study has determined that kids who spend time on social media sites are more likely to use illegal substances, drink, and smoke cigarettes. The logic is that while perusing photos of their friends and classmates, kids as young as 13 are coming across images of their peers holding up liquor bottles and cigarettes looking cool above comments of praise. Meanwhile, another recent study recent revealed that teenagers who are having sex in committed relationships are less likely to engage in “delinquent” behavior than their “hooking up” counterparts. More
Almost every company in the country has a Facebook page. Whether its a country antique mall or a multinational corporation, they have a social media presence. Websites, Twitter accounts, YouTube videos… companies will do anything to reach out to their consumers. And the minute our children get online, we run the risk that they’ll be exposed to whatever those companies are choosing to promote. So how responsible should corporations be for controlling their brand logos and marketing, and keeping it away from children on the web? More
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High school students and even middle schoolers drinking at parties is a scenario that can hardly be described as “new.” Proms, graduations, school dances, or just summertime present opportunities for teenagers to start experimenting with alcohol. But regardless of how much that makes your stomach turn as a parent, new research reveals that ways in which today’s kids are drinking is changing — and not just in the Fox news “look-behind-you-because-your-children-are-stealing-liquor-out-of-your-cabinet-as-we-speak” kind of way. Teenagers are now mixing highly-caffeinated drinks with harder alcohol, which not only masks the taste, but prevents them from registering just how hammered they’re getting.
As with most things that end up on YouTube, I almost want to know the backstory more than the actual video. In any case, this kid is thirsty. More