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Teen Guidance (Weekly New Titles)


Teen Guidance (Weekly New Titles)



MANNERS BOOT CAMP: PROFESSIONAL COURTESY

Having good manners will help you stand out from the crowd and knowing how to act with professional courtesy can help you land a job and succeed once you have your foot in the door. Join Sasha and Sean in Manners Boot Camp: Professional Courtesy as they work to get their etiquette in shape for the professional world of work. Topics include:

  • Why are manners important? (2:37)
  • Job interview etiquette (4:26)
  • Business phone etiquette (5:22)
  • Email basics (5:44)

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2015 / (Grade 6-Adult) / 17 minutes

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    REAL LIFE TEENS: DRUG ADDICTION

    Todays teens are more exposed to illegal, prescription and over the counter drugs than ever before. Many teens are starting to see drug use as part of the normal teenage experience whether to escape, self-medicate, get instant gratification, or hide feelings of low self-esteem and lack of confidence. This program discusses the ways teens can resist pressure to try drugs, ways they can say (no) to their friends and the dangers and consequences if they do not. Student discussion includes: The dangers of trying drugs, even if you think (you will just try it once), How to deal with the temptation and peer pressure to try drugs, How doing one drug (like cigarettes or marijuana) can lead to abuse of other drugs, The core issues of why teens try drugs and alcohol, How to recognize the warning signs of addiction, What friends can do to guide or inform of the dangers and consequences, Where a teen can turn to for help.

    DVD / 2015 / 20 minutes

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    REAL LIFE TEENS: SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION

    With the rising phenomenon of social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, constant interconnectivity with friends and family is now part of a teens daily life. However as opposed to enriching their lives, is social media just another avenue for teens to become addicted to? One of the biggest problems facing our teens today is the addictive, pervasive effects of social media. It can lead to increased distractibility, anxiety, depression and apathy. Fear of missing out (FOMO) is a very real feeling thats starting to permeate through teens social relationships. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are making this increasingly more difficult for a teen to avoid. Teens can quickly become self-absorbed in a superficial online world. As a direct result, they crave affirmations from their peers in the form of likes, favorites, shares, retweets, reblogs, and revines. They can even start to feel irrelevant without loads of social media attention. Teens who have trouble connecting face to face may depend on the Internet as a place where they feel understood by their peers and use it as a replacement for social interaction. While they might use social networking sites to connect with others, spending too much time on the internet can actually lead to social isolation, symptoms of depression and withdrawal from family and friends.

    DVD / 2015 / 20 minutes

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    SOCIAL MEDIA MANNERS: POLITE BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

    Social media is a whole new universe when it comes to manners and etiquette. Manners used to be something that happened in person, but today we conduct many of our relationships online and the rules and courtesies can be a little unclear. Social Media Manners: Polite Behavior in the Social Media World addresses the general manners guidelines for cell phone use, text messaging, email, and social media websites and apps like Facebook or Twitter.

    Segments include:
  • Introduction (2:36)
  • The 4 Guidelines (1:53)
  • Mobile Manners (3:02)
  • Texting (3:28)
  • Social Media (6:15)
  • Final Advice (2:16)

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2015 / (Grade 6-Adult) / 19 minutes

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    CYBER BULLY

    Cyber Bully exposes the most epic struggle in the digital age. By exploring the complicated dynamics behind cyber bullying, Cyber Bully describes the impact and outcomes of advanced technology and human nature in a lawless, new social frontier. Told through the stories of victims, bullies, and experts, Cyber Bully reaches past the headlines to describe what makes cyber bullying a threat to our national and global social fabric.

    DVD / 2014 / (Senior High, College) / 56 minutes

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    TROUBLED TEENS TALK ALCOHOL ADDICTION

    With a culture of drinking for a good time, is it time to question this established habit and recognize the damaging effect drinking can have on teenagers? This program interviews teens out for a good time, alcohol addicts, as well as those working hard to combat the problem. Dr Chris Daley offers unique views on alcohol addiction along with experts who comment on the damaging effects of alcohol. Recovering alcoholic Gerald Brian Leccy gives an emotional insight into his personal journey through his addiction.

    DVD / 2014 / 22 minutes

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    TROUBLED TEENS TALK DRUG ADDICTION

    Drug addiction has been part of society for thousands of years. But have we evolved to a point where we are effectively combating the damaging effects that drug addiction is having on our teens or are we still fighting a losing battle? In this program experts discuss their experiences working with drug addiction. Current and ex-addicts tell of their daily battle with this deadly addictive behavior and teens give us access to their drug history and rehabilitation treatments on their journey to recovery.

    DVD / 2014 / 22 minutes

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    TROUBLED TEENS TALK GAMBLING ADDICTION

    Gambling is an addiction that is well recognized. With the growth of online casinos, mobile gambling and eye-catching slot machines, young people today live in a society surrounded by and encouraged to gamble. Gambling takes place anywhere and everywhere. In this program, we speak to numerous casinos & bookmakers about the younger audiences being drawn into the gambling world. We hear the story of Anthony Franklin, a teen who became a victim to the pull of gambling. He tells the story of his long road to recovery which led him to campaign about the dangers of becoming a gambling teen. This program explores if "one more roll of the dice" can lead a teen to throw away a life full of opportunity before its even begun.

    DVD / 2014 / 22 minutes

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    TROUBLED TEENS TALK SEX ADDICTION

    For teens living in a society where everything from perfume to pastry is sexualized and internet porn is readily accessible, is it too easy to go too far? How plausible is the idea that teens can become addicted to sex? In this program, we speak to experts and professionals who work with recovering sex addicts. We hear from those involved with Sex Addicts Anonymous, about the battles addicts face everyday.

    DVD / 2014 / 22 minutes

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    TROUBLED TEENS TALK SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION

    With the rising phenomenon of social networking websites, constant interconnectivity with friends and family is now part of daily life. However as opposed to enriching their lives, is social media just another avenue for teenagers to become addicted to? Speaking to a broad range of experts as well as those affected by social media addiction, this program seeks to answer this question. Therapists Nick Kemp and Diane Beck, social media agency Juice Digital, and medical professionals will have their say on the newest addiction endangering our teens.

    DVD / 2014 / 22 minutes

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    TROUBLED TEENS TALK VIDEO GAMING ADDICTION

    Video gaming has exploded over recent years and the realism and escapism that is now on offer to teenagers can be a source of relaxation and pleasure. But this same realism and escapism can become a trap that turns carefree gamers to serious addicts. This program delves into the world of video game culture to try and shed light on the issue of video game addiction. Thomas Clare was an average teen when he got lost in the world of gaming, and neglected his real life. We speak to Thomas and his family about the effect this had on all of their lives and ask the question, at which point does a passion and a hobby begin to negatively impact a teenagers life?

    DVD / 2014 / 22 minutes

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    AFTER I'M GONE

    A story About Suicide Awareness

  • To spotlight and better recognize the signs of suicidal ideation.
  • To examine the various backgrounds and behaviors of those suffering with suicidal thoughts/impulses in order to more effectively connect with them in a Guidance / Counseling setting.
  • To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to a teen they feel may be privately struggling with suicidal ideation.

    "After I'm Gone" takes a revealing and insightful look at teen suicide from the perspective of Cari (see °•Loves Me Not'); a young girl who appears to have taken her life due to relentless abuse from her parents and peers.

    As Cari observes life from the other side, she meets Christine, an older more rebellious spirit, who reluctantly acts as her guide and confidante. Together they observe Michael, an artist friend of Cari's, who has also been the victim of bullying and abusive parents.

    As a desperate Michael begins to contemplate suicide, a helpless Cari is suddenly forced to revisit her own nightmares,...and find a way home.


    DVD (Closed Captioned, With Teaching Guide) / (Grades 7-12) / 23 minutes

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    GHOSTS IN THE HALL

    The Aftermath of Bullying
  • To spotlight & better recognize the signs of teen bullying and depression.
  • To explore the impact that bullying has on a teen's mental health and overall well-being.
  • To examine what peers, educators and parents can do to reach out to a teen they feel may be the victim of a bully and/or struggling with depression.

    The second episode in the award-winning "Maple Ave" series focuses on teen bullying and the tragedies inherent when parents as well as their teens unfairly label one another.

    Jim has reached the edge of violence after being the victim of incessant bullying. Unfortunately, Jim's family doesn't help him cope with his problems and things get progressively worse. In contrast, Jenny's family engages in healthy confrontations as they cope with their concerns following Jenny's period of depression, from the episode "Jenny's Reasons."


    DVD (Closed Captioned, With Teaching Guide) / (Grades 7-12) / 23 minutes

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    HATING TAMI

    A Look at Female Bullying

  • To explore the dynamic of relational aggression among teenage girls (its roots and oft-times tragic aftermath).
  • To spotlight and better recognize the sometimes subtle signs of female bullying and cyberbullying in order to better guard against them.
  • To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to someone they feel may be the victim or the victimizer in a case of relational aggression.

    Angela and her friends take every opportunity to make Tami's life miserable, even going so far as to pose as a boy interested in Tami on a social networking site. During the film, we are also introduced to Tami and Angela's respective parents, ultimately providing clues to their behavior and various life stressors.

    While Tami's hyper-competitve parents continually pressure their "A" student daughter to be the best at everything, Angela's single Mom appears more interested in being her daughter's best friend than her parents.

    All the while, sympathetic teacher Ms. Hutchinson has been attempting to reach out to Tami but finds her reluctant to open up. In a dramatic turn of events, Angela's cruel prank is uncovered - but is it too late?


    DVD (Closed Captioned, With Teaching Guide) / (Grades 7-12) / 26 minutes

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    JENNY'S REASONS

    A Story About Teen Depression

  • To spotlight & better recognize the signs of teen depression and suicidal ideation.
  • To explore the impact that troubled parents have on their children's mental health and overall well-being.
  • To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to a teen they feel may be privately struggling with depression.

    Bridging the gap between education and entertainment, "Jenny's Reasons" provides a haunting look at teen depression and the often unwitting family dynamics that surround it.

    The powerful, award-winning short finds its main character, Jenny, in the throes of clinical depression, unable to understand the reasons she "feels so bad all the time". Deeply confused and desperately overwhelmed, Jenny makes plans to end her life - plans that are ultimately thwarted when her best friend, Tanya, confronts her and shares a dark secret of her own.


    DVD (Closed Captioned, With Teaching Guide) / (Grades 7-12) / 20 minutes

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    LOVES ME NOT

    A Story About Dating Violence

  • To spotlight and better recognize the signs of teen dating violence.
  • To examine the behaviors of both victim and abuser in order to more effectively connect with them in a Guidance / Counseling setting.
  • To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to a teen they feel may be privately struggling in an abusive relationship.

    "Loves Me Not" focuses on dating/domestic violence from the POV of a 17 year old deceased victim named Cari.

    Cari was relentlessly beaten by her boyfriend, Marcos, and so viciously bullied by his friends after leaving him that she, ultimately, took her own life.

    Now Cari finds herself helplessly watching the same thing happen all over again to another girl, Sharon (Marcos' new girlfriend). Between her manipulative and violent boyfriend and her self-absorbed parents, Sharon would appear to have the deck stacked against her - but her best friend, Tina refuses to give up on her.

    Even as Sharon pushes her away, Tina desperately searches for a way to save her friend from meeting the same fate as Cari.


    DVD (Closed Captioned, With Teaching Guide) / (Grades 7-12) / 17 minutes

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    MORE THAN THIS

    Steroid Abuse & Eating Disorders

  • To explore the roots of negative body image and self-esteem issues that can contribute to steroid abuse and eating disorders.
  • To spotlight and better recognize the sometimes subtle signs of steroid abuse and eating disorders (including their destructive subcultures that promote them).
  • To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to someone they feel may be privately struggling with steroid abuse or an eating disorder.

    Living in the shadow of his older brother's past athletic glories, Donnie turns to steroid abuse to help him "measure up" on the basketball court. Not long after, he finds his life slowly spinning out of control as his girlfriend, Angela tries in vain to help him kick his addiction.

    In the meantime, Angela is also struggling to convince her friends, Dara and Lucy, that contrary to what they've read on the internet, anorexia and bulimia are not "lifestyle choices" but, instead, serious medical disorders. Angela should know; she too once struggled with bulimia but now finds herself reluctant to share this potentially helpful fact with her two misguided friends.

    Donnie's coach, Jack, is also struggling with intervening in what he suspects may be Donnie's steroid problem. However, once Jack's sister, Joy, reminds him of her son's tragic loss to drugs, he is forced to reconsider his position. Focusing on body image issues via steroid abuse and eating disorders, "More Than This" also strongly emphasizes the importance of doing right by others - even when it's personally difficult.


    DVD (Closed Captioned, With Teaching Guide) / (Grades 7-12) / 27 minutes

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    P.S. I MISS YOU

    The Aftermath of Suicide

  • To explore the aftermath of suicide and the potentially tragic impact it has on those left behind.
  • To spotlight and better recognize warning signs for suicidal ideation and substance abuse.
  • To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to someone they feel is exhibiting self-destructive behaviors after losing someone to suicide.

    This award-winning episode focuses on series regular Tanya, and the toll her family situation has taken on her in the year and a half following her older brother's suicide.

    During this time, Tanya has been coping by helping others, but gradually this proves not to be enough, and she turns to drinking to ease her pain, in between haunting dreams about her dead brother. Ultimately, things get out of control and her best friend, Jenny intervenes to get her friend some much-needed help.


    DVD (Closed Captioned, With Teaching Guide) / (Grades 7-12) / 21 minutes

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    PROMISE ME

    Parents With Addictions

  • To explore the impact that troubled parents, particularly those suffering with addictions, have on their children's well-being and overall mental health.
  • To spotlight and better recognize the signs of teen depression and suicidal ideation.
  • To examine the behaviors of parents struggling with problem gambling and alcoholism addictions in order to more effectively connect with them in a Guidance / Counseling setting.
  • To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to a teen they feel may be privately struggling with a compromised support system (due to troubled/addicted parents).

    Ann is forced to face the grim reality that her parents' addictions of alcoholism and problem gambling are slowly destroying her family. While her older brother Mike's quiet stoicism is sorely tested by their alcoholic mother's denial of reality, Ann's own initial reluctance is also an issue. However, after Ann's father gambles away her college fund, she can no longer avoid the truth - and soon grows deeply depressed. Though her brother and best friend, Tami sense something's wrong, will they be in time to avert a potential tragedy?


    DVD (Closed Captioned, With Teaching Guide) / (Grades 7-12) / 18 minutes

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    THE HURTING

    Self-Injury (Cutting) for Relief

  • To spotlight & better recognize warning signs/behavior of potential self-injurers and victims of domestic violence.
  • To explore the core reasons people self-injure.
  • To examine what peers and educators can do to reach out to a potential self-injurer and/or victim of domestic violence.

    In this award-winning episode, series character Ashley resorts to "cutting" to cope with an abusive father, who's regularly victimized her family as far back as she can remember.

    Like a growing number of teens nationwide, Ashley regularly cuts her arms and legs, substituting her overwhelming inner pain and rage with an external pain that she is seemingly better able to manage. This last illusion is finally dispelled in a heart-wrenching finale that finds a desperate Ashley reaching out to a sympathetic teacher, Ms. Tanner, for help.


    DVD (Closed Captioned, With Teaching Guide) / (Grades 7-12) / 21 minutes

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    TURN IN THE ROAD

    A Story About Distracted Driving & Its Aftermath

  • To spotlight and better recognize the potentially catastrophic dangers of distracted driving.
  • To examine the aftermath of losing a loved one and how to more effectively reach out to those left behind during the grieving process.
  • To better recognize suicidal ideation and help get that individual into a Guidance / Counseling setting.

    In this Emmy nominated tenth and final film in the Maple Ave series, teen ghost Christine Dawn has her hands full when the spirit of a student recently killed by a distracted driver needs her help to find closure for his embittered, grieving sister. When Christine discovers that the distracted driver was a fellow student, she knows she has her work cut out for her in a High School turned upside down by tragedy.


    DVD (Closed Captioned, With Teaching Guide) / (Grades 7-12) / 18 minutes

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    WARNING SIGNS

    Depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide ... many health care professionals argue that these mental health problems afflict more of our children today than ever, and many of these kids are undiagnosed. 80 percent more teenage girls are hospitalized for depression, compared to ten years ago. And the CDC reports that one in five teens will consider suicide, and one in ten will make a serious attempt. What are the warning signs of these illnesses? How can parents help? And can kids help each other?

    DVD / (Middle and High School) / 22 minutes

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