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Posted 14 Sep 2010 at 12:21 PM by spanner

What Your Teen Should Know Before Considering a Tattoo

September 12, 2010
In the past few years, tattoos have entered the popular culture mainstream, showing up not just on notoriously edgy entertainers like Angelina Jolie and Amy Winehouse but also on seemingly girl-next-door types like Hilary Duff, Hayden Panettiere and Miley Cyrus. Is your child thinking of getting a tattoo? Here's what they should also consider:
By teenvogue

  • Be aware of what might motivate your teen to brave the needle. Undergoing a painful procedure (tattoos are created by injecting ink through needles into the dermis, the second later of skin) just for attention may seem silly, but it’s not such a wild notion. Casey Gallagher, a dermatologist and tattoo-removal consultant in Boulder, Colorado believes that starlets and young people often use tattoos as a means of standing out. “People are short-sighted,” adds Manhattan dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, MD. “They look at the short-term gain rather than the long-term cost.”
  • Warn your teen against amateur or impulse tattoos. “Unlicensed tattoos are more common than you think,” says plastic surgeon Robert A. Guida, M.D., one of New York City’s top removal specialists. “You’d be surprised how many people get them in college dorm rooms or fraternities or sororities.” Guida adds that DIY tattoos can be the trickiest to remove, as ink often permeates deeper than it should into the skin and the quality of ink tends to be inferior, often containing impurities that are harder to erase with lasers.
  • Make sure your teen knows all the health risks. There’s a plethora of safety issues involved: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported cases of methicillin-resistant staph infections among recipients of tattoos from unlicensed or unskilled artists. “Recipients are potentially susceptible to acquiring blood-borne infections,” Gallagher says. Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, tetanus, tuberculosis and even HIV can all be transmitted through unsanitary or reused tattoo needles. Some people are allergic to tattoo pigments (especially red ink) and develop itching, redness, or inflammation that can last until the tattoo is removed. Plus, it’s been reported that tattoo ink can contain chemicals like lead, copper, chromium, and lithium.
  • Encourage them to think over their decision thoroughly. It’s one thing for your teen to take wardrobe or style inspiration from their idols, but tattoos, Waldorf emphasizes, are permanent. If your teen is considering the procedure, she advises asking them, “Do you still wear the same makeup or clothing styles you wore a couple of years ago?”
  • Remind your teen that changing their mind is costly. “The [removal] process is time-consuming, since you can need up to ten sessions, and far from perfect,” warns Waldorf. “Lasers are not erasers. Even if you get a tattoo removed, you may be stuck with a faint outline of the design or unsightly scarring.” And less expensive methods of tattoo removal that aren’t medically recommended are no less painful–dermabrasion involves scraping and sanding the skin, and surgical removal entails a surgeon cutting the tattoo out of the skin and stitching the edges back together.
  • Support them in making the best choice–whatever their mindset. So if your teen is set on a tattoo, make sure they follow a few simple steps. They should ask to see the tattoo parlor’s health permit and have a well-thought out design prepared for that first visit. They should also ask the tattoo artist to walk them through the entire procedure and avoid white, yellow, and green inks where possible (as those are the toughest to remove.) Aftercare precautions include avoiding sun and not irritating the tattoo.

Advise your teen to talk to adults appropriately. Experts are noticing a change in how they build relationships—and friendships—with adults like their teachers and bosses. "Teens have become much more informal in the way they communicate," says Richard Shadick, Ph.D., a professor of psychology and director of the Counseling Center at Pace University in New York City.
Avoid text speak and online chatting. The casual manner in which teens interact with friends is now just as prevalent in communication with those outside their peer group. Shadick says, "They'll email and write to adults using Instant Messenger-type abbreviations, drop titles like Mrs. in favor of first names, and even use playful physical contact we wouldn't have seen in the past." This can make interactions awkward and strained.
Teach your teen what is considered appropriate behavior. "Bosses and teachers are constantly bombarded with behavior they see as inappropriate from employees and students," says Colette Swan, an etiquette expert in Agoura Hills, California. "But those young people often aren't even aware they're being rude."
Emphasize the difference between online interaction and in-person communication. The influence of social networking sites is proving significant. "It can be hard [for teens] to make the distinction between how to act online with [their] friends versus with adults," says Anastasia Goodstein, author of Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online.
Make sure your teens understand what to keep private and what to make public. Interaction online still retains a degree of anonymity, and is seen as far more informal than classroom or workplace interaction. "That's why teens use handles like sexybabe95 to communicate with their teachers and may not realize that by 'friending' a boss or professor, they're giving that person access to photos from that party last weekend," says Shadick.
Mentorships are still beneficial for your teen. Experts agree that teens can benefit from a forging close relationship with an adult they respect—so long as the adult is acting as a mentor, not a pal.
Be conscious of how adults are communicating with your teen. When adults open themselves up in a personal way to their younger counterparts, things can get confusing. "Some teachers or bosses seem to almost encourage a certain amount of familiarity by treating teenagers like peers," says Robin Altman, M.D., an adolescent psychiatrist from Reading, Pennsylvania. "It can be very misleading."
Make sure boundaries are clear. Once there is too much familiarity between a teenager and an adult in authority, Altman says, it's extremely hard to redraw the boundaries appropriately.
Keep relationships in context. The best way for your teen to stay within proper social boundaries is to anchor their relationship within the realm of work or class. "If [your teen] uses e-mail to communicate with them, make sure the address is professional. And only discuss school or work-related matters," says Goodstein.

2 die in the anti-Koran burning protest event in Kabul
Sunday, September 12, 2010 2:43:40 PM by Aishwarya Bhatt
Sep 12 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Anti-Koran burning protest protest against the United States in Afghanistan on Sunday turned deadly, when two people died after they clashed with Afghan security forces. The protesters were believed to have protesting against Pastor Terry Jones’s “suspended” threat to burn copies of the Holy Koran on the 9th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States that left more than 3,000 people dead. Pastor Terry Jones failed to carry his threat of burning the Holy Koran on Saturday through when he said he has had a “rethink” and has suspended his decision. His initially threat received condemnation from all over the world including President Barack Obama, who said that Al-Qaeda will use the incident as a recruitment tool to get more terrorists to join them. On the protest on Sunday morning, the protesters chanted, “Death to America” and “Death to the puppet government” (referring to the current Afghan administration). The protesters threw stones at Afghan soldiers and United States tanks prompting the shooting by some Afghan soldiers that killed the two. Some Afghan soldiers sustained injuries from the stones the protesters threw at them. However the Afghan police have denied that there were deaths during the protest.

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