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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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Summer must go on

Summer must go on

With schools coming to an end, this summer isn’t going to be the drastic transition from school to home that it normally is. That happened back in March when we got the news with a moment's notice that students would not be permitted to return to their classrooms.  Instead, the only change we will be seeing over the next few weeks is our children losing a source of regular daily activities and lesson plans designed to keep them engaged while social distancing at home. 

But not all hope is lost.  In the midst of all of these new challenges, hundreds of organizations throughout the community are stepping up to provide whatever resources they can to families during these uncertain times.  

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Discord: For more than just Gaming

Discord: For more than just Gaming

Known as the Facetime of the gaming world, Discord is a platform growing to popularity in the homes of gamers everywhere. So what exactly is this communication tool enjoyed by children and young adults alike? Discord was designed to be the solution to a problem many players of beloved PC games face - connecting others playing the same game. As more and more users join the online community,  it has become a hub for various subcultures throughout the internet and a stomping ground for predator behavior. 

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