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Provocative Ad Ran During Super Bowl

Millions of football fans watched the 53rd Super Bowl this past Sunday. For many, the game is not what draws viewers. The commercials have become the most memorable, exciting part of viewing the game. According to a recent article by Movie Guide, in the commercial lineup for this year, Devour, a Kraft food brand, aired a new provocative

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The Reality of Raising Young Adults

“When our kids are small, we can talk until we are blue in the face about the struggles that come in the early years,” Katie Bingham-Smith wrote in a recent blog post. She reflects, “As my kids have gotten older and more self-sufficient, I’ve realized something I didn’t think about when they were small: I still need help.”

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Are You Aware of These Apps?

It is nearly impossible to keep up with every new, trending app that is marketed to young adults. Talking to your children about the potential risk-features associated with new apps is essential to maintaining safety online. Risk features may include: interaction with strangers, anonymity and apps that warrant privacy concerns. Common Sense Media recently released an article outlining

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Is Your Child Ready for Social Media?

Age alone should not be the determining factor in your child having personal social media accounts. The right question should be closer to “based on everything I know about my child, do I believe he or she is ready to handle the pressures, risks, emotions and unpredictable nature of using social media responsibly?” In order

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Children Abusing Children: A Dangerous Trend

Kansas City television station KSHB recently interviewed doctors and nurses at Children’s Mercy Hospital, a hospital that serves roughly 1,000 children annually who have been sexually assaulted. Heidi Olson, a nurse at Mercy Hospital said that she was shocked at what the data has told them: “almost half of our perpetrators are minors” between the ages of eleven

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New to Netflix: Sex Education

With series like Elite, Baby, Rain, Big Mouth and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix has enticed teens into watching shows centered on teen prostitution rings, pornography, hookups, and more. On January 11, Netflix’s new series Sex Education will release with teens in mind. The show centers on the life of Otis Milburn and his friends as they start a peer led sex clinic in

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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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