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Social Support Fosters Academic Achievement

Research suggests that parental involvement and supervision considerably advance children’s academic achievement. Support from family and friends also protects against bullying, which increases depressive symptoms and poor academic achievement, and promotes positive affect. Likewise, parents can assist their children in achieving academic success by regularly discussing academics at home, partnering in their child’s learning and advocating for their child.

Embracing an Attitude of Gratitude as a Family

Practicing gratitude is an essential attribute to enjoying the holiday season. According to psychologist and author Dr. Thomas Lickona, “Gratitude is the virtue of feeling and expressing thanks for benefits received. It’s been called ‘the secret of a happy life.'” In a recent article, Dr. Lickona explains that grateful people are healthier, more alert, sleep better, and have

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Implications of Child Behavior in Divorce

According to the Marriage and Religion Research Institute, two national assessments show that parental divorce worsens children’s behavior, decreases life opportunities and increases the risk of morbidity and mortality. A recent study in the Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect also indicates that adverse childhood experiences (like divorce) reduce educational attainment and intimate relationship longevity.