The real challenge online is keeping people safe
The concept of “do not try this at home” has discovered a new meaning thanks to viral challenges that have taken the internet by storm. A category of entertainment in which one action goes viral and millions of people recreate it with the sole purpose of obtaining views.
Since the start of social media, numerous challenges have taken the web by storm, all resulting in unique sets of consequences. Currently, the skull-breaker challenge and the penny challenge are circulating TikTok encouraging dangerous behaviors.
Is a Fake Instagram really worth it?
Instagram has been growing in popularity as an online destination for portraying the most perfect and edited aspects of one’s life. A trend, popular among teenagers, gives young people a chance to be real or is it a chance to be too real???
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!
The Dangers of Influencer Marketing
Research shows that Gen-Z trusts digital content from influencers more than other sources. In 2018, an estimated 24.2 million posts on social media were brand-sponsored influencer marketing posts.
Are You A Duck?
Are You A Duck?
By SGS Ambassador: Abbie Mueller (Student Writer)
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.
Discovering your JOMO
If you’ve attended one of our Smart Girl workshops or talks, you’ll know we often discuss. Today, we’re going to dive into FOMO’s better side - the Joy Of Missing Out (JOMO).
How To Dump Toxic Friends
Last week on the blog, we discussed seven ways smart girls identify toxic friends. We delved into relationships and uncovered the signs of a negative friendship ranging from those who are threatened by your successes to those who are no longer fun to be around. It’s entirely possible that throughout that process, a certain “friend” came to mind. That means you’re a smart girl who identified a toxic person in your life. Although it may not feel great, it’s an important step to embrace.
How To Identify Toxic Friends
Friendships can be tricky to navigate, especially in middle school, high school, and even college. Friends fight and go through difficult times. Friendship is a two way thing, and every relationship faces its challenges, but it is important to know when a friendship may have run its course. Knowing how to identify toxic friends can help save you from stress and heartache.
A deeper dive into the positive effects of social networking
While it can be scary for parents to read blogs about sextortion, sexting, and cyberbullying, the internet can also have positive effects of social networking on young adults. Technology is a wonderful tool that we can use to further education, entertain ourselves, and connect with people we wouldn’t normally be able to connect with. It’s all true!
Spring Cleaning Your Self-Confidence
It can happen to the best of us, parents or teens, feeling a little down and maybe some negative self-talk is running on a loop in your mind. Maybe you’ve been getting bullied at school or at your job. It’s easy to get caught up in this loop and before you know it, your confidence is shot.