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The Dangers of Unrestricted Devices and the Effects of Pornography on the Brain

The Dangers of Unrestricted Devices and the Effects of Pornography on the Brain

Being a teenager is hard. We’ve all lived it and most of us have survived it without the effects of long-term trauma. However, as time goes on young adults face new challenges that make this time of their life even harder. As a result of this, it’s easy for teenagers to turn to the internet and digital devices for a sense of escape. However, the more time they spend on their devices the likelihood of being exposed to harmful content increases dramatically. Premature exposure to pornography is one of the many rabbit holes students can accidentally find themselves spiraling down.

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Nebraska Soccer Association Partnership with Smart Gen Society

Nebraska Soccer Association Partnership with Smart Gen Society

Smart Gen Society (SGS) is excited to announce its partnership with Midwest Premier Academy. SGS is delighted to educate, support and empower all members of Midwest Premier Academy by discussing expectations held by their coaches and teammates when it comes to social media use amongst their teams. SGS’s curriculum will help give teams the tools to protect the student-athletes online brand and avoid any inappropriate circumstances. The center of the educational content is to remain safe, private and authentic in the online atmosphere. 

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Manage your Venmo Money Safely

Manage your Venmo Money Safely

Sharing money has never been easier, but that doesn’t mean it’s safer.

Venmo is an app that allows individuals to pay and request money from their friends. In a nearly cashless world, this application grants each user the ability to effortlessly split the check into as many ways as needed without inconveniencing who you are providing the payment to. Money can be stored on the account creating a balance or it can be transferred with a small fee to your debit card. Users can avoid the fee by waiting 24 hours for a bank transfer.

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This app contacts local authorities when you’re in danger

This app contacts local authorities when you’re in danger

In 2013, former University of Missouri student, Zach Winkler began to notice a lot of his fellow classmates, specifically, women, feeling unsafe walking home at night.So, he and three friends decided to create SafeTrek, now known as Noonlight.

Noonlight is a safety app that contacts local police after you provide an indication that you may be in immediate danger. If you find yourself in an unsafe or uncomfortable situation, you hold down onto the center circle button on the app’s main page. Once you have arrived at your destination and you know you’re safe, you disable the app by letting go of the screen and typing in your four-digit passcode. You have ten seconds to do this. If you fail or choose not to type in the pin due to be put in a compromising position, the app will contact the authorities with your location.

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My Eyes Only Doesn’t Mean Your Eyes Only

My Eyes Only Doesn’t Mean Your Eyes Only

When Snapchat rolled out Memories, a personalized album of your favorite snaps and stories all saved into one secure place, it also introduced My Eyes Only. Snapchat’s My Eyes Only is a setting that allows you to passcode protect certain snaps or photos taken within the app.

This feature protects photos from the eyes of other people. It was designed for individuals wanting to share their memories with people without exposing more intimate photos. My Eyes Only is typically associated with nude pictures. This is Snapchat’s way of acknowledging that the app is used for sexting. Before this attribute, Snapchat was known as a hub for sending naked pictures due to the premise that the pictures disappear after an allotted amount of time. Now, Snapchat gives you a place to store more personal shots forever. 

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Lessons from the unlikeliest places

Lessons from the unlikeliest places

So, you’ve been canceled on social media? Cancel culture is where an individual is tossed out of their social and professional ties due to the individual expressing themselves in a way that is socially unacceptable.

If cancel culture teaches us anything, it’s the phrase “what you say online stays online forever.” Our words on social media can have a deep impact on how the world perceives us, up to the point where it may cost you your reputation. Before sharing any content online, ask yourself, “would you like your grandmother, teacher, or the rest of the world to see this?”

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TikTok Provides Safety Measures for Children with Family Pairing

TikTok Provides Safety Measures for Children with Family Pairing

Now, more than ever, families and people of all ages are turning to internet platforms like TikTok to stay entertained, educated and connected due to social distancing. Although TikTok began rising to fame long before COVID-19, lockdown only amplified its popularity. TikTok provides families with tools to channel their creativity, illustrate their stories and show support for their communities. At the same time, however, families are learning to maneuver these digital spaces together and focus on guaranteeing a safer experience for each young adult participating. 

With that in mind, TikTok had taken copious steps in enhancing their policies and controls by introducing Family Pairing.

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Body Image Through the Lens of the Media

Body Image Through the Lens of the Media

Wellness looks different for each individual, and no person should feel inferior based on the way they look. The past year has been filled with traumatic events that have affected many people mentally, emotionally and physically. Just as people go through emotions, their bodies also are subject to change, especially in the middle of a pandemic. As we know, social media is a great tool to maintain and create connections. It is also where users struggling with self-esteem issues often turn to. Body image and social media have a complex relationship. Individuals can see content with encouraging body empowerment posts. In retrospect, social media networks have documented the evolution of ever-changing ideal body images. Unfortunately, society's standards are based on unrealistic photo-shopped images.

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