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The Kids Aren’t Alright…They’re Stressed Out Too

The Kids Aren’t Alright…They’re Stressed Out Too

Last year was full of uncertainty, and with this comes unease and internal struggles. In times like these, people need encouragement the most. It seems the world as a collective, is in need of a reset and recharge. As school semesters came to a close, and students are preparing for a new year amidst constant changes, it’s vital that we ask ourselves, ‘how are our younger generations handling all of this?’.

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Fall Activities

Fall Activities

Ah, fall. Bonfires. The beauty of the changing of leaves from bright reds and yellows to rust and orange. The air gets colder and crisper and breathing just feels easier. Fall is a favorite season for many and it is our hope to you, that despite everything going on in our world, you’ll still be able to enjoy some of the wonderful things this season has to offer. 

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Negativity on Social Media

Negativity on Social Media

Today, we are relying on social media more heavily than ever - to help us stay connected in a world uprooted by a global pandemic. Consequently, we are being bombarded with too much information, from every aspect of our lives, and every aspect of everyone else’s lives that we choose to follow.  We are witnessing everything from a worldwide pandemic, civil unrest, political upheaval, and catastrophic and sometimes horrific events being recorded live for all to see.  We are being constantly exposed to a lot of heavy information and negatively.

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Controversy Behind Cuties Movie

Controversy Behind Cuties Movie

Few films have attracted as much global attention and controversy as the French Film, Cuties, directed by French-Senegalese filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré. Winner of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Dramatic Competition, the film follows an 11-year-old caught between traditional Muslim upbringing and internet culture. 

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Here’s what one week of remote learning taught me…

Here’s what one week of remote learning taught me…

This e-learning in elementary school takes things to an entirely new level.   And as much time as I spent preparing a cozy, quiet space for my child to study at home…   I couldn’t have ever prepared my brain for the sheer chaos we are currently experiencing through e-learning.  Without our usual schedules and support systems in place, we are dealing with unusual behaviors, added stress, and trying to keep our mental and physical health intact.  Some days are far better than others.   Here’s what I know, right now at this moment… 

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Kik Messenger

Kik Messenger

Kik Messenger is notoriously known as a freeware instant messaging mobile application. After a user registers under a username, Kik unlocks a world that transmits and receives messages in many forms. This includes text, live photo and video, saved images, sketches, mobile web pages and more. Due to its advertised anonymity, young adults are particularly drawn to this application. The false sense of security it provides and the inability for parents to monitor what goes on in the app is resulting in increased participation in unsafe and harmful online activities.

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Team Bonding and Branding

Team Bonding and Branding

“It’s more than just a game...”

The statement that has long defined pep talks rings true to every team that enters a court or sets up on the field.  Players can be exceptional athletes but can lose sight of themselves in the quest to become the best of the best or take on the winning score or trophy.  For most sports, it isn’t solely about the individual players, but about allowing oneself to step back and put teammates first in order to become a part of something bigger.

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Privacy and Accountability on Social Media

Privacy and Accountability on Social Media

The progression of online interaction has embarked on a new state of reality where privacy no longer exists. At the beginning of social media, online participants erred on the side of caution, to ensure their online persona did not interfere with their daily lives. While this remains true today, the combination of handheld camera devices and the ability to share content at any given moment (to anyone in the world) requires individual accountability for their lives both on and off the screen.

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The Scoop on Snapkits Part 2- YOLO

The Scoop on Snapkits Part 2- YOLO

Previously we learned about Snapchat, an app designed for users to share pictures and messages that are only available for a short period before they become inaccessible to their recipients. More specifically, we dove into the world of Snapchat accessories otherwise recognized as Snapkits. The anonymous question and answer platform, coined YOLO (You only live once), can be accessed within a download and three clicks, allowing users enter a new kind of network where identity is fluid.

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The Scoop on Snapkits Part 1- Hoop

The Scoop on Snapkits Part 1- Hoop

Since it first topped the charts back in 2011, Snapchat has been the gateway app for teens entering the world of social media. In this two-part series we'll be diving into this multimedia messaging app’s accessories. Snapchat is designed for users to share pictures and messages that are only available for a short period before they become inaccessible to their recipients. As it’s users have evolved over time, so has Snapchat. The creation of Bitmoji, otherwise known as your personal emoji, has paved the way for several app accessories. These use Snapchat as a foundation for extensions such as dating and anonymous question and answer platforms notoriously recognized as Snap kits.

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