Liking, Engaging, Commenting, & Following : Is This A Good Thing?
Social media and the internet have taken over so many aspects of our lives. An infinite amount of information is constantly available at people’s fingertips. There is now the ability to control appliances and different functions of your home from your smartphone. It’s astounding to see the abundance of friend and family updates being shared on every social platform imaginable. Is this always a good thing for your mental health and well-being?
What Is COPPA?
If you have ever perused our Resources for Parents page, you may have seen that certain popular apps and social media sites are not COPPA Compliant (such as Twitter). But what does that really mean? Today, we’re diving into what COPPA is, who COPPA protects, and why COPPA is important.
Your Teen & Sexting
Over half of all teens have been asked at some point to send naked or explicit pictures of themselves to another person on their phone or through social media. Scary statistic, right? But what can you do, as a parent, to help them understand the dangers of sexting and to avoid any permanent damage to your teen and their reputation?
What Is A Digital Shadow?
Since we’ve been writing on different terms parents have been asking about, such as Digital Detoxes, Digital Dating Abuse, Digital Self-Harm, Digital Citizenship, and Digital Tattoo, we also wanted to touch on Digital Shadows.
Digital Detox - Part 2
Last week, we started off with a description of what a Digital Detox is and how to note the warning signs of when you (or a loved one) may need a Digital Detox. Today’s blog is going to focus on the benefits of a Digital Detox, some tips for a successful Digital Detox, and some facts we wanted to share with you.
Digital Detox - Part 1
In our hyperconnected world, there’s a Fear Of MIssing Out that is driving our digital addictions. It starts innocently enough… Just signing up for Facebook to keep up with your cousins who live out of town, then Instagram to keep up with what your kids are doing, and before you know it, hours and hours of each day are spent online, scrolling, swiping, liking, and favoriting. When do you know it’s taken over your life? And, are you thinking that a Digital Detox may be in order for a New Year’s resolution for you and your family?
The Secret Language Of Teens & Tweens : Part 2
Welcome to Part 2 of our post about the Secret Language of Teens & Tweens.
The Secret Language Of Teens & Tweens : Part 1
With so many outlets for messaging and social media, young adults are able to hide more of their personal lives from the adults who care about them than ever before. As a parent or educator, you must keep up on social media trends and what the students in your lives are doing online or on their devices.
What Is Digital Self-Harm?
As parents and educators, we’re taught to look for the signs of teens and younger children self-harming. We are supposed to look for small, linear cuts; unexplained injuries; mood changes; relationship changes; and behavioral changes. But what is Digital Self-Harm? What does Digital Self-Harm look like? And how can we prevent Digital Self-Harm with our children?
Are there positive effects from social media for teens?
Can there be positive effects on teens from using social media responsibly? Absolutely! Social media has become increasingly important in the everyday lives of many people. And while we routinely highlight dangers and the evil side of having an online presence or misusing social media, we have found that there are also benefits to using social media mindfully.