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A weekly podcast where we research teen culture so you can focus on connection with the teenagers in your life. Join Karlie Duke, Tobin Hodges, and Caleb Hatchett for fun conversations, trends, and tips for how to best connect with teenagers. This podcast is perfect for parents, teachers, counselors, church or school staff. Subscribe and join us today! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/teenlifepodcast/support

Teen Life Podcast Teen Life

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.4 • 24 Ratings

A weekly podcast where we research teen culture so you can focus on connection with the teenagers in your life. Join Karlie Duke, Tobin Hodges, and Caleb Hatchett for fun conversations, trends, and tips for how to best connect with teenagers. This podcast is perfect for parents, teachers, counselors, church or school staff. Subscribe and join us today! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/teenlifepodcast/support

    Friendship Anxiety + Teen Movies | Ep. 148

    Friendship Anxiety + Teen Movies | Ep. 148

    Friendship Anxiety: A Guide for Teens and Parents

    It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the pressure to fit in and maintain a wide circle of friends. And let’s be honest, social media instills us all with FOMO. After all, it seems like everyone is having a great time. And if you’re not there, do you even have friends at all?

    The more connected we are, the more we can feel disconnected and anxious about whether or not we are living up to expectations.

    Fortunately, there are strategies to cope with friendship anxiety and cultivate healthy relationships. 



    Also in this episode:

    - The history and fun facts of Leap Year.

    - Teen movies might not all be accurate, but some can offer insight into teen culture.

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    In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:

    - USAToday: What is a leap year? Breaking down the science, and history, behind the ancient phenomenon

    - Movies Mentioned: Harry Potter | Divergent | Hunger Games | Napoleon Dynamite | Grease | High School Musical | Mean Girls (2004) | Mean Girls (2024)

    - TV Shows Mentioned: Parks & Recreation | Teen Wolf | Outer Banks | The Summer I Turned Pretty | Euphoria | 13 Reasons Why | Friday Night Lights | Percy Jackson

    - Psychology Today: Anxiety and Friendships: New School Year, Fresh Start

    - TIME: Social Media Has Made Teen Friendships More Stressful

    - Teen Life Podcast: Euphoria | Anxiety | Anxiety with Dr. Mark DeYoung | BFFs

    - Teen Life Blog: A Guide to 13 Reasons Why

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    Podcast Music by: Luke Cabrera & Tobin Hodges

    Hosted by: Karlie Duke, Caleb Hatchett & Tobin Hodges

    Produced by: Karlie Duke & Kelly Fann

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    00:00 Intro

    00:27 Leap Year

    04:36 Movies and TV Shows About Teens

    13:11 Friendship Anxiety

    15:22 Role of Social Media

    18:06 Friendship Advice

    24:02 Advice for Adults

    25:54 Friends in Crisis

    26:46 Advice for Adults

    27:09 Conclusion


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    • 27 min
    Fanfiction + School Absence | Ep. 147

    Fanfiction + School Absence | Ep. 147

    Why are teens missing so much school?

    In recent years, chronic absenteeism among students has become a pressing concern, especially with its stark rise since the onset of the pandemic. Defined as missing at least 10% of school days, this issue has significant implications for academic success and overall well-being. 

    But what’s causing students to miss so much school? What are we missing?

    We all need to work together to help teens succeed. Here's how.



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    What is fanfiction and why are teens so crazy about it?
    How are fan edits being used, especially on TikTok?

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    In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:

    - USAToday: Interested in fan fiction? Here’s what you need to know to start.

    - Bark: What is Fan Fiction? Here’s Why Kids Are Going Wild for Online Stories

    - Fanfic Sites: fanfiction.net | Archive of Our Own

    Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

    - Vox: Why so many kids are still missing school

    - Teen Life Podcast: Parasocial Relationships

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    Podcast Music by: Luke Cabrera & Tobin Hodges

    Hosted by: Karlie Duke, Caleb Hatchett & Tobin Hodges

    Produced by: Karlie Duke & Kelly Fann

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    00:00 Introduction

    00:43 Fan Fiction

    05:06 Fan Fiction and Popular Books

    09:28 Cautionary Notes about Fan Fiction

    11:08 Fan Edits

    15:23 School Absences

    16:00 Factors Contributing to Absences

    19:06 The Consequences of Absences

    20:36 Understanding the Reasons Behind Absences

    23:24 The Consequences of Skipping School


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    • 26 min
    Palworld + Teen Dating Advice | Ep. 146

    Palworld + Teen Dating Advice | Ep. 146

    What advice would you give your teenage self about dating?

    Despite vast changes in the romantic landscape, the emotional high of teen romance is universal. If anything, it’s amplified by being constantly connected, a heightened sense of vigilance, and a lack of commitment or trust. Teenagers are dealing with all the dangers and emotional disconnect of a techno world, adding to the emotional stress of being a teenager.

    So what can parents and other caring adults do to help?

    Get our top advice for dating teens.



    Also, in this episode:


    Palworld is the latest in popular online gaming for teens.
    Taylor Swift is furious after a social media challenge led to explicit deepfakes of her on Twitter.
    Apple recently updated everyone’s phone and installed the Journal App, allowing journal entries and photos to be stored behind a password.
    BeReal streaks- what are they and are they a good thing?

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    In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:

    - Palworld

    - Defiance Act of 2024

    - NBCNews: Nude deepfake images of Taylor Swift went viral on X, evading moderation and sparking outrage

    - Apple: Journal App

    - BeReal: Streaks

    - Teen Life Podcast: Deepfakes | BeReal

    - Tobin's Blog Post

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    Podcast Music by: Luke Cabrera & Tobin Hodges

    Hosted by: Karlie Duke, Caleb Hatchett & Tobin Hodges

    Produced by: Karlie Duke & Kelly Fann


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    • 28 min
    Valentine's Gift and Date Ideas + Learning an Instrument | Ep. 145

    Valentine's Gift and Date Ideas + Learning an Instrument | Ep. 145

    Valentine's Day Date and Gift Ideas for Teenagers.

    The pressure is on for Valentine's Day, especially when you are a teen and are newly dating. In this episode, we discuss some fun, inexpensive date ideas that focus on having a good time. Also, get some great dating and gift-giving tips!

    Finally, Tobin shares the best plan for starting an instrument for the first time.

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    In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:

    - Valentine Date Ideas: Melting Pot | Main Event

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    Produced by: Karlie Duke & Kelly Fann


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    • 29 min
    Teens Turning 18 + Dungeons and Dragons | Ep. 144

    Teens Turning 18 + Dungeons and Dragons | Ep. 144

    What you should know about parental rights and teen responsibilities when your teen turns 18.



    When teens turn 18, it is cause for celebration! Parents and teens alike can pat themselves on the back for having made it to this point!



    This milestone brings about significant changes in the dynamics of your relationship with your child.



    Here’s a guide on how to deal with these changes while considering parental rights, teen rights, and adjustments in your parenting style.



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    Sports betting, terms, and gambling resources.
    Dungeons and Dragons is becoming mainstream. Here's what you need to know.

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    In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:

    - Gambling Resources: 1-800-662-4357 - SAMHSA or 1-800-GAMBLER

    - Gridiron Games: Super Bowl Bingo

    - Dungeons and Dragons: dndbeyond.com | Movie

    - Grown and Flown: 50 Things You Can Do When You Turn 18 (Who Knew?)

    - Lawrence Financial Planning: What You Need To Know When Your Teen Turns 18

    - Teen Life Podcast: Sports Betting | Talking About Violence with Teens

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    Visit our website: www.teenlifepodcast.com

    Subscribe to get the episodes in your inbox: www.teenlife.ngo/subscribe

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    Podcast Music by: Luke Cabrera & Tobin Hodges

    Hosted by: Karlie Duke, Caleb Hatchett & Tobin Hodges

    Produced by: Karlie Duke & Kelly Fann


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    • 29 min
    Teen Responsiveness + Cell Phone Boundaries | Ep. 143

    Teen Responsiveness + Cell Phone Boundaries | Ep. 143

    How do I set healthy cell phone boundaries with my teen? 

    In the digital age, cell phones have become an integral part of our daily lives, especially for teenagers. They serve as a means of communication, entertainment, and learning. 

    However, as teachers and parents, guiding teens to establish healthy boundaries with their cell phones is crucial for their overall well-being and development.

    So what are the basic boundaries we should be setting?



    Read more about cell phone boundaries and why your teen isn't responding to your texts.



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    Why your teen isn't responding when you text them.
    Teen terms we just learned that will make you laugh.

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    In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:

    - The New York Times: What Students Are Saying About Ignoring Text Messages

    - EdWeek: Cellphone Bans Can Ease Students’ Stress and Anxiety, Educators Say

    - Teen Life TikTok

    - Teen Life Podcast: Cell Phones | Bark

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    Visit our website: www.teenlifepodcast.com

    Subscribe to get the episodes in your inbox: www.teenlife.ngo/subscribe

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    Podcast Music by: Luke Cabrera & Tobin Hodges

    Hosted by: Karlie Duke, Caleb Hatchett & Tobin Hodges

    Produced by: Karlie Duke & Kelly Fann


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Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

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Good for everyone

Great production and information. Something everyone should listen to for themselves or their teens.

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I love this podcast! The trends are my favorite! I work with teens in a youth group setting so this podcast has been really helpful in diving deeper in relationships with my huddle group. Highly recommend!!

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Teen Life Podcast talks about trending and timely topics that every parent, teacher, counselor, minister and volunteer wants to hear about! You don’t want to miss an episode!

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