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Part 1: App Checklist for Parents

Part 1: App Checklist for Parents

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Written by SGS Staff Member and Facilitator Allie Swanson.

Apps are constantly changing, morphing, and updating. That's why at SGS, we strive to keep you informed and in the know. Parents, if your child has any of the following apps on their devices we recommend deleting them immediately. 

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Past Posts Affecting Your Future

Past Posts Affecting Your Future

Throughout the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, a number of influencers and celebrities found themselves catapulted into the spotlight; not because they had a new movie coming out or an exciting new brand partnership, but because offensive tweets they made years ago had resurfaced.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Is there a predator in your child’s pocket?

SPECIAL REPORT: Is there a predator in your child’s pocket?

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- In our world today, kids are growing up digital. Screen time can lead kids into scary situations, even with precautions in place.

Toddlers get iPads before they can even walk, and teens get a cell phone by age 12. But are these devices delivering a predator right into your child’s pocket?

Unfortunately, one local family has already become a victim of sexual exploitation just that way.

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Social Media for Good

Social Media for Good

We hear a lot about the scary side of social media – from cyberbullying to screen addiction – but the online world is far from all-negative. There are many ways to use and contribute to social media in order to make the world and your life a little bit brighter!

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The Pressure of Being Plugged In

The Pressure of Being Plugged In

Is your teen feeling pressure to stay “plugged in?”

American teenagers are spending about nine hours on average with digital media every day. That’s more time than teens spend sleeping, or at school. Teens are more plugged in today than ever before, and much of the time they spend in front of screens is spent browsing and posting to social media. Unfortunately, the compulsion for teens to constantly check their social media does not come without negative consequences.

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A Smart Look at the MOMO Challenge

A Smart Look at the MOMO Challenge

Throughout recent years, social media has seen a number of viral challenges that have been targeting audiences, oftentimes the vulnerable children and young adults, to engage in dangerous activities, and record them online.   From the tide pod viral video dares, to the fire challenge, to the choking challenge, the cinnamon challenge, and the latest MOMO challenge, concerns are high among parents and families trying to navigate how to keep their kids safe.  Recent reports indicate that even apps that have been created to help families better monitor their children’s online activities like YouTube Kids may have been hacked by unknown sources.   

The Momo challenge is shockingly alarming, a disturbing image of a woman with distorted features, asking kids to increasingly pass challenges that intensify in nature, encouraging them to harm themselves or others. 

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Are You A Duck?

Are You A Duck?

Are You A Duck?  
By SGS Ambassador: Abbie Mueller (Student Writer)

Overview

It is a quiet, pretty fall day, and there is a beautiful duck with a bright green head and striped neck quietly gliding across the water.  He is so graceful that the surface of the pond barely ripples as he floats along, peaceful with his head held high. Underneath the water though is his secret.  His yellow webbed feet are paddling as hard as he possibly can! He struggles to move himself forward and stay afloat, all of his work below the surface hidden from people who admire his silent, perfect, morning swim...

This article will cover:

Instagram feeds aren't real life. 

Comparison and stress

Unrealistic standards and low self-image

Scary stats for suicide rates, anxiety, and depression in high-performing college students - Cornell University, Penn State University, Tulane University, and Stanford University.

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