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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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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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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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Why in-person learning is esstential for children during COVID-19

Why in-person learning is esstential for children during COVID-19

We are now almost a year into the coronavirus pandemic. In one way or another, we have all been affected. However, our students have bared the brunt of changes. Typically, the younger you are the less likely you are to suffer from a severe reaction to COVID-19, however, the virus itself is not the only issue we need to be protected from.  School closures, stay-at-home orders and shutdowns of businesses have contributed to the increasing rates of depression and suicide among younger individuals.

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The Kids Aren’t Alright…They’re Stressed Out Too

The Kids Aren’t Alright…They’re Stressed Out Too

Last year was full of uncertainty, and with this comes unease and internal struggles. In times like these, people need encouragement the most. It seems the world as a collective, is in need of a reset and recharge. As school semesters came to a close, and students are preparing for a new year amidst constant changes, it’s vital that we ask ourselves, ‘how are our younger generations handling all of this?’.

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Fall Activities

Fall Activities

Ah, fall. Bonfires. The beauty of the changing of leaves from bright reds and yellows to rust and orange. The air gets colder and crisper and breathing just feels easier. Fall is a favorite season for many and it is our hope to you, that despite everything going on in our world, you’ll still be able to enjoy some of the wonderful things this season has to offer. 

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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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