Monitoring Your Teenager’s Online Activity

There are many apps parents can use to monitor their teens social media activity and amount of time spent online. In addition to regular conversations about technology and online safety, using apps to monitor family technology use may help foster positive conversations between parents and teens. Parents may also find apps like Norton to be

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Helping to Manage Teen Stress & Anxiety

According to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researcher Dr. Michael Leahy found that “anxiety has increased so much that typical schoolchildren during the 1980’s reported more anxiety than child psychiatric patients did during the 1950’s.” Research from Dr. Jean Twenge released in 2017 showed that there has been a sharp

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5 Ways to Avoid Burnout in a Helping Profession

Counselor burnout is defined by its symptoms: feelings of exhaustion and detachment and dehumanization when dealing with clients. For some, feelings of depression and inadequacy may be present. In addition to burnout, compassion fatigue is also common among helping professionals. Compassion fatigue occurs when the helper is traumatized by his or her efforts to be

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Talking with the Parents of Your Child’s Friend Viewing Pornography

Jen Ferguson found herself in a difficult circumstance. Her daughter, a sixth grader at the time, was working on a collaborative project with a friend at school and clicked the wrong tab on her friends computer which led to pornography. Jen and her husband were able to help their daughter process what she had seen,

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Government Mandated Sex Education in Uganda

Parents in Kampala, Uganda began lamenting the effects of a new sex education program less than two months after it was introduced in schools. As a father of four, John Musisi shared with National Catholic Reporter (NCR)how government-mandated sex education courses in Catholic schools have harmed his 12-year-old son. According to the article, “Musisi is among thousands

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Divorce Rates Decline in the United States

A recent study found that divorce rates are falling across the United States. According to University of Maryland professor and author of the study, Philip Cohen, the divorce rate in the United States dropped by 18 percent from 2008 to 2016. Many believe millennials are leading the trend. Licensed marriage and family counselor, Marsha Vaughn told WORLD that “several

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A Mother’s Reaction to Teen Sexual Orientation Surveys

Connie Jo Hutchinson found herself confronting her sixth grade son’s principal after learning that her son was surveyed on his sexual orientation in class. In a recent article Hutchinson stated that she did not see the educational value of what was being asked of her child. She also expressed a lack of information about the program that was being

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Keeping Your Family Safe on the Internet For Free

Protect Young Eyes recently released an article detailing how you can block pornography on your family’s devices free of charge. According to the article, understanding the Domain Name System (DNS) is crucial to leveraging a DNS server’s information to categorize and filter IP addresses in hopes of preventing access to categories of inappropriate hostnames online. For families with children, this may

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WRAP Week 2018

Start the conversation about pornography – White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) starts Sunday, October 28. WRAP Week has historically brought together hundreds of national, state and local groups, along with driven concerned citizens in a massive effort to educate the public on the harms of pornography and the many resources available to aid those affected. Several organizations

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Study Debunks the Myth That E-Cigs Are Safer Than Cigarettes

A new study by the American Physiological Society significantly debunks the myth that e-cigarettes are safer than regular cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb says “E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous and dangerous trend among teens. The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we’re seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end. It’s simply not

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Marital Happiness Improves Over Time

A study examining 20 years of data, discovered multiple factors that contribute to long-term marital happiness. Researchers found that a belief in lifelong marriage, high religiosity, shared decision-making and shared housework increased the odds of high happiness and low conflict in marriage. According to new research, marriages that remain together for more than 20 years also experience a

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Sextortion Among Adolescents

A research article published in late September outlined just how significant the issue of sextortion is among young people in the United States. According to the article, “Sextortion is the threatened dissemination of explicit, intimate, or embarrassing images of a sexual nature without consent, usually for the purpose of procuring additional images, sexual acts, money, or something else.”

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Comprehensive Sex Education Fails to Serve America’s Youth

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), a national organization of child and adolescent physicians and health professionals, observes that most comprehensive sex education (CSE) programs offered in schools have not been effective at increasing long-term sexual abstinence in young people. Instead, the ACPeds reports that CSE curricula operates on the premise that sexual activity for teens is normal

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What Teens Are Watching This Fall

As fall TV season begins this month, Axis makes note of two new releases that are gaining popularity among teenagers. First, the third season of the show Riverdale begins airing on the CW this week. Although the series is based on the Archie comics, the show does not reflect the characteristics of the comic as it regularly uses sex, sensationalism, drama

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Working With Students is Noble and Admirable

Working With Students is Noble and Admirable While teaching a workshop for high school and collegiate administrators, deans and principals, author and speaker Tim Elmore posed the question “What changes do you plan to make this school year?” While passing through the discussion groups he heard one administrator say to his colleagues “I’m just biding

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California University Reaffirms Truth

Azusa Pacific University in California recently demonstrated the kind of unwavering leadership needed at Christian institutions by proving it is never too late to reaffirm truth as it relates to sex, marriage and gender. Religious institutions of higher learning are consistently faced with pressure to compromise beliefs pertaining to issues of sexual morality. After considering

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According to Facebook, Pregnancy Centers are Political

Facebook’s adjusted advertisement policy, implemented last May, has affected many non-profit organizations including Heartbeat International, an organization that comes alongside pregnancy resource centers in the United States and throughout the world. According to a recent blog published by the organization, Facebook stated that their submitted advertisement would run without a “paid for by” label. The ad was soon deemed

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner annually. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), an important national campaign created to consider prevention and recovery efforts and raise awareness for the many women and men impacted by domestic violence. Recognizing that domestic

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Creating a Family Media Plan

In a world where children are “growing up digital,” it’s important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help families manage the ever-changing digital landscape: Set screen time limits and encourage

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Teen Privacy: Where to Begin

From a locked diary a generation ago to private social media activity on today’s smartphones, parents and teens continue to face the same tension between privacy and protection, between freedom and accountability. Is it ever ok to invade my teen’s privacy? How do I keep tabs on their online activity while still giving them an

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