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Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter can be great ways for teens to connect with one another.

The rise of social media use by teens has made bullying much more public and more pervasive. Discuss what she can do when she witnesses bullying and talk about options if she becomes a target. Sexual Activity In a 2013 survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47 percent of high school students reported being sexually active, and 41 percent said they had not used a condom during their last sexual encounter.Give your teen skills to make healthy choices and to resist peer pressure.Talk to your teen about what to do if she makes a mistake.In 2012, 17 percent of tenth graders and 23 percent of 12th graders had used marijuana in the past month. Hold regular conversations about the dangers of drugs.And don't forget to mention the dangers of prescription drugs.Unhealthy messages often go viral on social media and teens frequently compare themselves to one another.

And, it only takes one post to ruin your teen's online reputation—even harmless selfies can be problematic Know what your teen is doing online.

It's no longer just the "troubled teens" who are dropping out of school.

Some teens feel so much pressure to get into a good college that they're burning themselves out before they graduate from high school. Provide support and guidance and be ready to assist your teen if he encounters problems.

In fact, the average teen spends over nine hours each day using their electronic devices. Depressive disorders are treatable but it's important to seek professional help.

Their social media habits and media consumption are changing the way young people communicate, learn, sleep, and exercise. if your teen seems withdrawn, experiences a change in his sleep patterns, or starts to perform badly in school, schedule an appointment with your teen's physician or contact a mental health professional.

Sometimes, kids can make poor choices and may be too afraid to seek help.