Heroine of the month – inspirational young women

My Heroine of the month goes to the amazing Carla May.

young female heroineI came across Carla May ages ago when I interviewed her for Talented Teens. Carla has not had it easy on her singing journey to say that least . She has an amazing voice and I love her determination and conviction.  What I love most about Carla May though is her willingness to share her vulnerability as a song writer. This song, which I think is beautiful is about her own journey with self -harm, a issue that I know lots of young girls suffer with. Well done Carla May for sharing your story with others and hopefully your words will help others who feel alone and misunderstood.

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Endless Love that isn’t so endless

Films are the window to youth culture

Endless Love If you ever wanted to know whether we live in child-centric culture and feel the constant need to protect our children, you need look no further than the recent Endless Love film.

When I learnt that they were doing a remake of Endless Love, I was jumping up a down at the prospect of introducing my daughter to a film that had such an impact on me as a child. In fact, I think I blame this film for not finding the love of my life until I was in my 30’s. The original film, released in 1981, was a tragic love story that showed so well the loss of innocence and the devastating effect that can have on a family, which can last a lifetime. It was a film that made you really think and brought up so many questions about real love and it’s all-consuming power.

It is in essence the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair, made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.

So as soon as the film came out, I rushed my daughter to the cinema, telling her all about the story and what was so good about it. The remake was reworked by Joshua Saran of ‘Gossip Girl’ fame and while I expected it to be different, I didn’t expect it to be so different.  While a good film I was left saying, “What?!” My daughter was left saying, “That was a good film”. And while it was, it was so different and lacked all the things that made the first one so devastating. I quickly ran out and bought the original, so she could see how good it was.  And never before have I seen, in such graphic detail, how we protect our young people nowadays!

There were things in the first film that I expected to be different, for example the whole family including the parents taking drugs together at parties, the blatant way the young lovers flaunt in front of their parents that they are sleeping together; I mean, we couldn’t let our children see that could we? That early 80’s attitude would never be acceptable nowadays!

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Social Media and Substance Use

Bio: The following is a guest post by Saint Jude Retreats, a non-12 step non-treatment alternative to traditional drug and alcohol rehab. The program concentrates on self-directed positive neuroplastic change and positive self-change as an alternative to traditional alcohol and drug treatment.

Social Media and Substance Use

college students and alcoholThere are currently over 1.2 billion Facebook users and, according to the Pew Internet Project, an estimated 93% of teens are using the Internet and are using some social networking and media site. [1, 2] Among teens and even pre-teens between the ages of 12 and 17, Facebook and Myspace are the two most popular networking sites to visit, where teens are sharing content, photos, and videos for friends and peers alike to see. [3] The question is: would an overexposure to alcohol and drug related content on social media sites cause teens to engage in these behaviors more frequently?

During the adolescent years, children are not only trying to discover themselves but are experiencing an intense period of mental, physical, and emotional growth. It’s no surprise then that during the maturation stage, from childhood to young adult, teens often experiment with alcohol and drugs. Teens who experiment with drugs and alcohol are not necessarily addicted to them. There are many reasons why a teenager may decide to drink, smoke, or even do drugs. Teens see these behaviors as risky, as an act of rebellion, or are just curious as to what a substance will feel like to them. [3] While viewing these drinking and drug use behaviors on social media may spark their interest and curiosity, studies have found that Facebook use is not related to the cause of drinking or smoking behaviors.[4]

Alcohol is widely available and promoted through our society by social networking sites. [3] Teens who are actively using Facebook or other social media sites, such as Youtube, Twitter, or Instagram, are viewing substance use as something that is a “normal” behavior that is part of the maturity process into becoming a young adult. Teens may also have the perception that more of their peers are partying than they are.

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