teens

Straight Talk TNT: There are better ways to go about piercings

Dear Straight Talk: Like many girls our age, my sister and I wanted our nipples and navel pierced. We’re under 18 and knew our prudish mom wouldn’t consent, so we did it on th ...

Boys & Girls Club not just for little guys

There comes a point when the Boys & Girls Club of Auburn becomes “The Club.” For Auburn-area members, this happens when they start seventh grade and gain access to the Teen Cen ...

Straight Talk: What do you do if girlfriend too much like mom?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a 17-year-old guy in a pretty serious relationship with my girlfriend. We’ve been together almost a year and are sexually active. The problem is, she ...

Straight Talk: Moving on can be hard

Dear Straight Talk: Six months ago, my younger sister was rejected by her boyfriend for another girl. She’s still not over it. She lies around sad and depressed and hardly leave ...

Our View: With pot use up, is drug testing in schools far behind?

Teenagers are smoking marijuana in greater numbers every year. So says the Monitoring the Future Survey, presented by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Mi ...

Straight Talk: Panelists seek uniform cell phone policy for schools

Dear Straight Talk: I teach high school civics. I’m interested in a solution to the problem of cell phone distractions in high school classrooms. Everyone knows they are a huge ...

Straight Talk: Cyber-foe fakes as friend

Dear Straight Talk: Lately, I’ve been the victim of cruel and hateful anonymous cyberbullying. I had no idea who was behind it as I have no known enemies. Then I found out on exc ...

Straight Talk: Teen panelists offer up their holiday wish lists

Dear Readers: I’d be lost without this list. I shop from it exclusively. Yes, I’m talking about Straight Talk’s annual shopping list for teens — (FYI: official adolescence ...

Straight Talk: Should parents drug test teens?

Dear Straight Talk: Lauren, I am curious if you had ever tackled the subject of home drug testing. A lot of parents can’t imagine their teens are using drugs, but the sad fact ...

Straight Talk: How to shine through popular sibling's shadow

Dear Straight Talk: I love my little sister but I hate being around her. We are complete opposites and she has everything I have — plus looks, friends, and sports and musical tal ...

Straight Talk: I’m in love with my stepsister — please advise

Dear Straight Talk: My stepsister and I have fallen in love. We’re both girls and both 17. We share a bed when she stays with us every other weekend and have been having sex the ...

Straight Talk: What’s up with teen hook-ups?

Dear Straight Talk: I counsel teens on college and career choices and have been learning about “hook-up” culture. I’m concerned that sexual activity, starting with girls as ...

Teens should get warning

Re: “Let’s hear all the facts of rock-throwing incident first,” (Our View, Aug. 20). I think they shouldn’t be so hard on these teenagers. They probably weren’t thinking ...

Our View: Let’s hear all the facts of rock-throwing incident first

Make an example out of them? Sentence them to community service? This rock-throwing case is somehow different because those accused were football players? Since three teenagers ...

A civilization ‘gone with the wind’

I was enjoying a Tango frozen yogurt on the plaza of Auburn Square a few days ago. At the adjoining table, four teenagers, one male and three females, were doing the same, when an ...