A friend is someone who listens and supports, but does not attempt to set limits or change behavior. A parent, on the other hand, is one who does set limits and imposes consequences in an effort to influence behavior. (Thinkstock)

Are you too buddy-buddy with your teenager?

Figuring out the fine line between parent and friend
BY BLAKE WYMAN
When it comes to the issue of teens and privacy – and how much parental scrutiny a teen should be prepared to open himself or herself up to – parents often find themselves in a pickle. (Thinkstock)

How much privacy should you allow your teenager?

There’s a fine line between protecting and being overbearing
BY BLAKE WYMAN
 A CDC study revealed that in 2013, 35 percent of high school students consumed alcohol; of those teens, 21 percent admitted to binge drinking. (Thinkstock)

How can your teen learn to party responsibly?

BY MICHELLE THOMPSON
New classes and teachers, new classmates and new hormones are among the challenges middle school students face.

Muddled by middle school

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
 1 in 4 Orange County teens is in an abusive dating relationship, according to Laura's House in Orange County, which provides shelter, counseling and legal services to victims of domestic violence.

Teen dating abuse is a hidden epidemic

BY JOELLE CASTEIX
 According to statistics gathered on the Mothers Against Drunk Driving website, more than 40 percent of all 10th-graders drink alcohol, and kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash. (Photo from Shutterstock.com)

It's time to talk to your teen about drinking and driving

BY TANYA WARD GOODMAN
 Experts say students should start exploring college choices their sophomore year and narrow the list of schools they will apply to during their junior year,

Get a leg up on getting into college

BY JENELYN RUSSO
 A 2004 study by the Price Foundation Collaborative Group, a team of international genetics researchers, found a significant link between eating disorders and anxiety disorders. The study revealed that roughly two-thirds of people with eating disorders will suffer from an anxiety disorder in their lifetimes.

Boys with eating disorders

BY TANYA WARD GOODMAN
 With some exceptions, 16 is generally the age requirement for most summer jobs. Teens younger than 18 need a work permit, which can be obtained through most high schools once a job is secured

Summer jobs give teens the chance to learn and earn

BY JENELYN RUSSO
 Renting a prom dress online can be convenient and cost-effective.

Going to prom needn't break the bank

BY NOELLE MEDINA
 Sexting refers to sending or receiving sexually explicit or sexually suggestive images, messages or videos via a cellphone or the Internet. Studies peg the number of teens who sext at about one in four.

Do you know what your teen is doing online?

BY GREG HARDESTY
Alzheimer's Association volunteers are needed for events, such as galas and other fundraisers, Walk to End Alzheimer's, public education and awareness programs, office help, speaking engagements, helpline support calls and advocacy.

Teen volunteers wanted: Local groups have a need – and the means - to help kids build character

BY GREG HARDESTY
 HPV vaccinations are recommended for boys starting at age 9 and girls at age 11.

Everything you need to know about HPV and your teen

GREG HARDESTY
  Uber account holders must be 18 or older and cannot request a ride for anyone younger than 18 unless accompanied by the account holder making the request.

How safe is Uber for teens? For many parents, it's a question of gender

BY GREG HARDESTY
 Prolonged anxiety, depression or other emotional issues after a breakup could be a sign that your teen needs to see a professional counselor, or that he or she is in an abusive relationship.

How to deal with your teen's first romantic heartache

BY GREG HARDESTY
 Intentional self-inflicted injury most commonly occurs among teens and young adults, according to a 2015 study on teen self-inflicted injury and suicide conducted by the Orange County Health Care Agency and the O.C. Sheriff's Department coroner's office.

When teens harm themselves and what parents can do

BY GREG HARDESTY
 It's important for parents of teens to know that e-cigarettes are not regulated. The Food and Drug Administration last year began looking into regulating e-cigs, but the process takes a lot of time.

E-cigarette use among teens is up sharply

BY GREG HARDESTY

Bare midriff and bare shoulders = a trip to the principal. Do school dress codes unfairly target girls?

BY GREG HARDESTY
Orange County is full of great volunteer opportunities for teens. Check out  http://www.volunteermatch.org/ for a list of local spots looking for teen volunteers.

How to keep your teen busy this summer

Summer’s full of free time. How much is too much for your kid
GREG HARDESTY
3 beautiful girlfriend eating ice cream while Selfie photo

It's all about me!

Is narcissism fueled by social media? What's a parent to do?
BY GREG HARDESTY
Happy Female Cashier At Cash Counter

Working for the weekend

A guide to your teen's first job
DR. JIM BURNS