5 Quick Safety Reminders To Cover With Your Child

Without question, our teens are digital natives—they’ve never navigated a world without the Internet or social media. But just because they are naturally adept at using technology doesn’t mean they can foresee how their online behavior could impact the future. That’s why as parents, it’s important to actively engage with your teens in setting up the boundaries and protections that will keep things both safe and fun.

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Kids Tell Us Why They Need Social Media

Since the beginning of time, parents and children have been trying to understand each other. In the 1950s, parents were trying to understand their kid’s love of rock n’ roll. In the 1980s, Will Smith coined the mantra, “parents just don’t understand” with his popular song. In 2018, things are really no different. Parents see their children glued to their phones and tablets, spending  hours scrolling Instagram pictures and taking Snapchat selfies. Parents have a hard time understanding their children’s love of social media, and conversely kids grow frustrated with their parent’s inability to recognize its importance in their daily lives.

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Cyberbullies Are Cowards. A High Schooler’s Perspective

Written by:  Rebecca Brown – Senior at Joplin High School, Joplin MO

When you hear the word bullying, what do you think of? I used to picture a couple boys, pushing each other around on the playground. I also imagined a group of girls, whispering secrets to each other about a fellow classmate who is different from them. Though these are examples of bullying, when I hear the word bullying now, I think of something completely different. I think of cyberbullying.

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Navigating bullying incidents in schools

Whether your student is the victim or the bully, your parental instinct is to help your child. Whenever you become involved in this type of school disciplinary issue, your actions can profoundly influence the outcome both positively and negatively. Here is some advice from a teacher’s perspective on effectively handling incidents of harassment, bullying, and/or intimidation.

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5 Statements from Teens Supporting Technology Limits

At my therapy practice, it is common for parents to implement a plan that curbs children’s phone use at night. It is essential to begin modeling and coaching adolescents on limiting technology due to underdeveloped impulse control. I’ve wiped the tears of teens when adjusting to this change. Adolescents are not excited to buy into the change, mainly because they haven’t experienced the benefits of it! Fear not — there is hope. Here are 5 statements straight from the mouths of adolescents whose parents implemented phone limitations.

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5 Ways Teenagers Can Benefit From The Internet

Although it is true that teenagers must learn to be ethical internet users, it is equally important that parents remain cognizant of the many benefits yielded by technology. The fact is that internet safety and responsible behavior are not the only skills young people need to learn in order to function online.  Yes, posting an irresponsible, racist meme can derail one’s future plans. However, young people need to attain fluency with various technologies in order to truly be considered “career and college ready.”

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Unlimited Information… Limited Connection

Hypnotic, enthralling, intelligent…our phones are the gateway to limitless information and interpersonal connection. Yet the two do not to occur together. Conversations are limited, curiosity is squashed, and somehow everyone has become a know-it-all. Cooking experiments are guided by the voice of a YouTube tutorial instead of a friend. Research papers are written under the harsh light of a screen instead of the warm glow of a desk lamp. Office parties are now “vintage,” and “hellos” are only read through DM’s. Our tolerances for discomfort have diminished, and loneliness is stronger than ever.  

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