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Uncovering the Private World of Teens

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By Pamela Weinberg

Do you know where your teen goes on Saturday night? Is binge drinking something that high schoolers do here in the city? What exactly does “hooking up” mean? How do teens handle stress? What does your teen want you to know now? What’s the best way to communicate with your son or daughter? Should you be texting him?

If you are the parent of a teenager (or just want to prepare in advance) you won’t want to miss “Teen Scene,” co-sponsored by NYC-Parents in Action and the Parents League on Monday, February 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Park East Day School, 164 East 68th Street.  Lucy Martin-Gianino will serve as moderator as a panel of high school students, grades nine through twelve, from independent schools and boarding schools allow parents a glimpse into the world of teens.

These young people are candid as they discuss what life is like today for a teenager growing up in New York. Martin-Gianino is expert at guiding the discussion, allowing each participant time to express his or her thoughts on a wide range of topics, from academics and the pressure of applying to college, to peer pressure, sexual activity and alcohol and drug use. To protect the identities of the panel members, they only give their first names, not their schools. Audience members may write out their questions.

The two organizations have sponsored Teen Scene for more than 20 years and the events gets more popular each year. Reservations are a must.  For more information, or to RSVP go to www.parentsinaction.org.

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