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Teen Girls Are Developing Tics. Doctors Say TikTok Could Be a Factor

Teen Girls Are Developing Tics. Doctors Say TikTok Could Be a Factor

By Julie Jargon, WSJ

When teens started turning up in doctors’ offices with sudden, severe physical tics, specialists suspected social media: The girls had been watching Tourette syndrome TikTok videos.

(WSJ) - Teenage girls across the globe have been showing up at doctors’ offices with tics—physical jerking movements and verbal outbursts—since the start of the pandemic.

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‘Spilling the Tea,’ the Cyberbullying Tactic Plaguing Schools, Parents and Students

‘Spilling the Tea,’ the Cyberbullying Tactic Plaguing Schools, Parents and Students

By Julie Jargon, WSJ

School-gossip Instagram accounts resurface questions about educators’ role in policing students’ social-media activity

(WSJ) - It’s like a scene straight out of the teen drama “Gossip Girl.” Middle-school students are creating anonymous Instagram accounts to dish on who’s dating, who’s cheating and who’s carrying weed in their backpack. In some cases, kids are posting photos of other kids, making fun of their hair or clothes. Some accounts spread rumors about students’ sexuality.

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Bring the “Joy” Back to Your Holidays

Bring the “Joy” Back to Your Holidays

Finally, snow is beginning to arrive, ready to wrap the midwest in a blanket of white. Hot chocolate is flying off the shelves as our kitchens fill with the scent of fresh-baked sugar cookies for decorating. It’s officially the season of celebrating. Some of us are going home for the holidays while others are preparing the home for its annual visitors. Regardless of how your family commemorates this season, it can be easy for conversations to slowly fade as your loved ones turn to their devices for comfort. 

The holiday season is an excellent opportunity to help your students take a step back, unplug and be present.

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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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