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Focus on Indirect Exposure to Violence
April 2017 | Issue No. 144
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While most kids are not directly exposed to violence, many are exposed indirectly in ways that you might not even think about.
By the time children reach middle school they may have watched as many as 8,000 murders and 100,000 other acts of virtual violence through the media! When children view this content, it can affect them just as much as if a "real life" experience. Learn more here.
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By: Kathleen Berchelmann, MD, FAAP
Suicide is Now Teens’ Second-Leading Cause of Death
417boy_depressed_lockers.jpgIn a revised clinical report, the AAP highlights the role bullying, internet use, and other factors play in teen suicide. Pediatricians are urged to screen for suicidal thoughts and risk factors linked to teen suicide attempts. It's important to understand and look out for warning signs. 
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
417Teen_After_Sexual_Assault_hc.jpgTeens and young adults ages 12 to 34 years have the highest rates of being sexually assaulted. In a revised clinical report, the AAP recommends pediatricians ask teens if they have experienced sexual violence, dating violence, and sexual assaults as part of their health wellness exams.
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