Gary Hopkins

Gary L. Hopkins, MD, DrPH, MPH is currently an associate research professor at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan where he is also associate director of the Institute for Prevention of Addictions, Director of the Center for Prevention Research and Director of the Center for Media Impact Research. He is also on the faculty of the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University. Gary holds doctorates both in Medicine and Public Health and a Master of Public Health Degree with an emphasis in International Health. He has extensive experience in international research. His current research includes a study designed to measure the impact of the Internet on families in the Pacific Northwest and also how drugs are impacting the lives of youth in North Idaho with an emphasis on methamphetamine use. Gary presented his research findings in approximately 65 countries where he works with communities and governmental agencies to design effective programs to prevent high-risk behaviors among adolescents. He has written two books encouraging faith communities to become involved in community-based prevention along with many scholarly publications. He serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

Benefits of Social Media Use by Youngsters

A recent report from the journal Pediatrics discussed the benefits and risks of youngsters using social media: Middle and high school students are using social media to connect with one another on homework and group projects. For example, Facebook and similar social media programs allow students to gather outside of class to collaborate and exchange ideas…

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Youngsters and Social Media Use – 2

A recent report from the journal Pediatrics discusses benefits and risks of youngsters using social media. This series of posts discuss those risks and benefits. This information comes directly from the report.Cyberbullying is deliberately using digital media to communicate false, embarrassing, or hostile information about another person. It is the most common online risk for…

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Youngsters and Social Media Use – 1

A recent report from the journal Pediatrics discusses benefits and risks of youngsters using social media. This series of posts will discuss those positives and negatives. This report comes directly from the report from Pediatrics.Social media sites allow teens to accomplish online many of the tasks that are important to them offline: staying connected with…

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Social Media Among Kids and Families

This post is the first in a series on social media. The content comes directly from a land-mark article in the journal Pediatrics, a publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics.Engaging in various forms of social media is a routine activity that research has shown to benefit children and adolescents by enhancing communication, social connection,…

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Positive Identity Teens Need (part 2)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute. 3) Sense of Purpose: where teens feel that "my life has a purpose."Stock your bookshelves with inspiring books about heroes who have made a difference with their lives. Biblical references and stories can be strong…

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Positive Identity Teens Need (part 1)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute.1) Personal Power: when teens feel they have control over "things that happen to me."The most important piece of the self-esteem puzzle is personal power—the sense your youngster gets from knowing they can have an…

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Social Competencies Teens Need (part 3)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute.4) Resistance Skills: where teens are strong enough to resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.Be aware that many teens participate in unhealthy rites of passage involving things like hazing, gambling, sexual activity and/or substance…

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Social Competencies Teens Need (part 2)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute.3) Cultural Competence: where teens have knowledge of and are comfortable with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.Pay attention to what you say and how you say it about people, the world, ideas and so on.…

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Social Competencies Teens Need (part 1)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute. 1)  Planning and Decision Making: where teens know how to plan ahead and make choices.When your teens receive long-term school assignments, help them plan ahead and make decisions in order to finish on time.Talk kids…

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Positive Values Teens Need (part 3)

More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute.5) Responsibility: where teens accept consequences and take personal responsibility.Don’t always bail your kids out of trouble. Instead, help them learn from mistakes.Don’t nag or rescue your kids when they forget to follow through on…

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