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Teens change loyalty, Facebook off, Twitter flocked!!

Hey Folks, Facebook news for you! Teens have shifted loyalties from Facebook to Twitter. They now access Twitter more frequently and their Facebook enthusiasm has waned confirm results of a new study.

Scarcity of summer jobs for teens--report

Thanks to a lacklustre job market combined with no federal funding and budget cuts, the employment prospects for teenagers this summer appear bleak.

Optimism helps teens beat depression--study

Researchers delving into the link between optimism and mental health outcomes found that teenagers who have a more positive approach towards life are less inclined to be depressed than their peers who are grumpy.

Teens accused of councilwoman burglary

Atlanta -- Police in Atlanta said they arrested four teenagers for crimes including the burglary of a city councilwoman's house.

Investigators said the two 14-year-olds and two 15-year-olds were arrested after police received a call about a suspicious vehicle and the teens were found in the car with some stolen property belonging to Councilwoman Cleta Winslow, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported Monday.

Police said three of the juveniles, whose names were not released, are believed to have gang affiliations.

Winslow, who said she has been preparing to host a crime awareness workshop at police headquarters, said her home was burglarized while she slept Saturday. She said stolen items included her ID and a plasma-screen TV.

Officer disguised as pizza man busts teens

Elyria, Ohio -- Police in Ohio said a suspicious pizza order led to the arrest of three teenagers by an officer disguised as a delivery man.

Workers at Marco's Pizza in Elyria said they received a suspicious call Saturday resembling a previous call where a female delivery driver was confronted by men armed with sticks when she arrived at the address, WKYC-TV, Cleveland, reported Tuesday.

"(Suspicious customer) called us three times," manager Ben Reppas said. "The second time he called he changed his address and gave another bogus (phone) number."

Hyper-texters, networkers more likely to indulge in sex, drugs

Short message service (SMS) is preferred by people of all age segments today to communicate, but this form of communication is especially unhealthy for teenagers who spend the most time texting or on social network sites, or both, suggests a new study.

Teens jump from bridge in thrill pact

Melbourne, Fla. -- Police in Florida said three teenagers were not seriously injured when they jumped from a bridge as part of a thrill-seeking pact.

Sgt. Steve Sadoff of the Melbourne Police Department said authorities were called to the Melbourne Causeway by motorists who saw the trio take the plunge into the water at about 3:18 a.m. Tuesday, Florida Today reported.

"They were very lucky," Sadoff said. "There's a lot of rebar and other junk down there. It's very dangerous."

Rescue workers found the teenagers on top of the pylons below the bridge and they were brought back to shore.

Sadoff said the teens were cited for the pedestrian infraction of jumping off of a bridge.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Money-Making Ideas for Kids

Making their own money not only teaches kids financial management, but also hones their social and sometimes technical skills early. The Money Times suggests various alternative ways for kids to make some dollars.

Acne, not treatment, creates burdens

New York -- Norwegian researchers looking into the mental health of teenagers with acne say there's no link between therapies for acne and depression or suicidal thoughts.

Adverse events once thought to be associated with the effects of medication more likely reflect the social and mental burdens substantial acne can place on young people, an article in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology said.

Acne commonly affects adolescents during an important period when social relationships change and develop and young adults become increasingly independent, and when physical appearance is an essential factor in maintaining self-image and confidence, the article said.

Sleep-deprived teens more prone to obesity--study

Teenage sleep deprivation brings more worries than just truancy, as U.S. scientists believe that adolescents getting less than eight hours of sound sleep consume more fatty foods compared to ones who sleep for eight hours.