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Goody Blog Daily News Roundup1 in 25 teens addicted to Internet, study finds
A new study following Connecticut high school students found 1 in 25 students reported irresistible urges to be on the Internet and experienced discomfort and tension when they were not online. The study also found that these students are more likely to use drugs and be depressed and aggressive than students who do not have problematic Internet use. (MSNBC)

Kids of Deployed Parents May Face Mental Health Risks
Researches from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences found that children who have parents deployed have a higher risk of developing psychiatric problems that require hospitalization. Out of the 375,000 children, ages 9-17, there was a 10% increased risk in psychiatric hospitalization among children whose parents were deployed. (Yahoo)

Q&A With a Family Therapist: How Kids Survive Family Secrets
Due to the recent parent infidelity in the media, a professor at the University of California discusses how children respond to family secrets, how secrets affect children compared to teens and what parents can do to minimize secrets harming their child. (Yahoo)

Japan to join child custody pact
Japan has finally joined the international pact that determines how to settle cross-border child custody disputes, after remaining the only major industrial nation to not sign the treaty. This will hopefully prevent international child abductions that occur when Japanese courts refuse to give foreign parents custody after international marriages break up. (Yahoo)

State’s AG urges internet safety for kids this summer
With summer vacation approaching, many children will have much more free time to surf the web. Although the Internet can be a learning tool and a fun way to spend their time, The AG’s High Tech Crime Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force are encouraging parents to follow tips and look for red flags in order to keep children off inappropriate sites and away from sexual predators and con artists. (Sulphur Daily News)

Harsh life of Romanian Orphans damaged their DNA
A study that tracked the early years of life for children in harsh conditions showed that hardships early in life can alter a child’s DNA by shortening their telomeres (caps on the tips of the chromosomes). This can ultimately shorten their life span due to an increased risk of diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. (Sulphur Daily News)

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