Teens

The Outsiders

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This two-disc special edition is Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of S.E. Hinton's novel about two rival teen gangs in rural Oklahoma. When the gangs get into a brawl, and it ends with the death of one of the members, they have to face the consequences and come to terms with their violent ways of life.

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01:53
The Outsiders

Kidnapped

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In 1751 in Scotland, cheated out of his inheritance by a greedy uncle who has him kidnapped and put on a ship to the Carolinas, seventeen-year-old David Balfour escapes to the Highlands with the help of the Jacobite Alan Breck Stewart and there encounters further danger and intrigue as he attempts to clear his name and regain his property.

Kidnapped

Freak the Mighty

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Meet Maxwell Kane, narrator of Freak the Mighty. He's a timid soul stuck in the body of a teenage giant with size 14 shoes. Haunted by a dark secret in his past, he hides out in his basement room, avoiding the world. But when a new kid moves in next door, Max's life changes forever. The two outcasts from the "normal" world team up to become "Freak the Mighty".

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1000L
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03:16
Freak the Mighty

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

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720L
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06:20
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

It's Kind of a Funny Story

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Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life-which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

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700L
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08:35
It's Kind of a Funny Story

Stronger, Tougher, Smarter: Stories of Teen Resilience (2012)

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This program focuses on five stories of teens who prove that it is possible to “bounce back” from painful events and hard times. Viewers hear from a girl who learned to overcome an eating disorder and another girl who recovered from addiction to alcohol.

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00:20
Stronger, Tougher, Smarter: Stories of Teen Resilience

Stress: The Good, the Bad and the Healthy (2012)

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One-third of all teens feel some negative stress on a daily basis. But not all stress is bad. A young gymnast describes how a certain amount of stress helps him perform better. Peter Montminy, a child psychologist and wellness coach, explains how too little stress makes us bored and listless, whereas too much stress can lead to burnout and exhaustion.

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00:23
Stress: The Good, the Bad and the Healthy

Driving Stupid (2012)

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This program dramatizes that most teens overestimate their driving skills and underestimate the risks involved in texting while driving, driving drowsy and driving under the influence. True to life stories accentuate these very real dangers. A young woman describes how a driver who was texting caused a crash that killed her parents and left her with severe injuries.

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00:21
Driving Stupid

Policy Statement: Children, Adolescents, and the Media

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12. Victor C. Strasburger and Marjorie J. Hogan, “Policy Statement: Children, Adolescents, and the Media,” in Pediatrics (Vol. 132, Issue 5), Nov. 2013, 958.

Growing Up Digital

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Matt Richtel, “Growing Up Digital,” in Scholastic New York Times Upfront, Jan. 31, 2011, as found at http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/indepth/upfront/this_issue/....

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