Time to Talk

Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:45 a.m.

Parents and professionals need timely education on the laws, science, society, and culture that children are up against everyday.

Time to Talk brings you accurate and appropriate information from state and local experts about issues that affect children, so that you can understand and communicate with and about them.

Through this segment, you'll develop a sophisticated understanding of the issues faced by youth today and be encouraged to confidently discuss tough topics that face our children.

Time to Talk is produced with the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana and BayouLife Magazine.

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Car seats diminish the risk of car-related deaths by 71%. Cynthia Cage, child car safety expert at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana says in order to ensure that the risk of death is diminished, children must be in a car seat that accomodates their height and weight regardless of age. 

On selecting the right car seat and transitioning from car seats to booster seats

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Navigating teen drunk driving is a task that most parents are aware of, but not prepared to face. Michael Reichardt, public information officer for Louisiana State Police Troop F, says that it's best to talk out the issue instead of letting tempers flare. One DWI can follow a teen for an entire lifetime and affect their social life and academic career. 

On  the effects of alcohol on teen physiology

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Parenthood isn't easy, but teen parenthood comes with a unique set of issues. Antoinette Hoard, Early Head Start director at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, says that teen parents can go on to live productive lives after giving birth and the Children's Coalition is a community resource that can help.

On the impact of teen pregnancy on early childhood development and the effects that teen pregnancy could have on the growth and development of babies

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On the social impact of binge drinking and some of the social causes

One of the major indicators of why kids choose to partake in binge drinking (four or more drinks in one sitting for a woman and five or more drinks in one sitting for a man) is peer influence.  Whether they’re doing it to be a part of a social group or gain [entry] into a social group, a lot of that decision-making comes from what their peers are doing.

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Although teen pregnancy rates are declining, Louisiana still ranks 44th in the nation. Parishes in Northeast Louisiana are among the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state.  Linda Hunt, nurse clinical case manager for AETNA Better Health, discusses common misconceptions about teen mothers and how they can manage their health throughout their pregnancies. 

On the changes in teen pregnancy data in Louisiana and potential health risks

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Drinking is not uncommon among teens, but it's not common for them to know the impact that binge drinking can have on their personal lives and health. Emily Thibodeaux, substance abuse counselor at Louisiana Tech University, encourages parents to not only talk to teens about binge drinking, but also understand why they may be engaging in that behavior. 


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On what the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) is

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) is a research study by the American health maintenance organization Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a hypothesis and a study that helps us understand how early childhood experiences can affect our health later on in life. 

On how ACEs can inspire action in Northeast Louisiana

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According the American Academy of Pedicatrics, children under 18 months should not engage in screen time. Amy Clancy, Director of Childcare Connections, discusses the importance of limiting a child's presence in front of screened technology. 

Clancy says the best way to monitor screen time is to talk with children as they are engaging in screen time. While there are no regulations on educational content, parents should be involved with how and what their children are looking at. 

On the importance of limiting screen time from birth to age two

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It's no secret that technology has tremendously evolved over the past decade. David Ferris, section chief of Cyber Crime Unit with the Louisiana Department of Justice, encourages parents to have open discussions with their children about internet safety. 

On what parents should be on the look-out for when their children use the internet

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About 60-70% of teens say medicine cabinets at home are their source for drugs. Mary Barrios, healthy living coordinator at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, encourages parents to be more responsible with prescription medications in the home. 

Barrios says the best way to combat prescription drug abuse is to dispose expired or unused medications. With National Prescription Take-Back Day around the corner, parents and professionals will be able to push-back against the opioid epidemic by leading by example. 

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