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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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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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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.

Colorado Parents Win the Fight Against Pornography in School

A small group of parents in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado fought for two years to have the district end services with EBSCO Information Services, a firm that embeds pornography in its academic databases. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) reports that “EBSCO promises ‘fast access to curriculum-appropriate content’ in their advertising to schools.”

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Guide to Mentoring Fathers

If you are an experienced dad, you have a great opportunity to mentor other fathers within your circle of influence. From dads who care for their own children to seasoned grandfathers, fathers of all types can make a difference. By tapping into your reservoir of fatherhood knowledge, you can offer your time to other fathers

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Addressing Teen Sleep Deprivation

With a new school year underway, many schools are addressing sleep deprivation in the classroom. According to the Child Mind Institute, biology, technology and societal expectations, combined with homework and extracurricular activities, create a perfect storm for chronic sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can negatively affect a teens mood, as well as their ability to think, react, regulate their emotions,

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Successfully Preparing for the Empty Nest Years

In a recent radio broadcast with Focus on the Family, author Marci Seither offers soon-to-be empty nest parents practical advice for helping their children transition into adulthood while preparing for their own transition to life without kids at home. In the program, Seither also encourages parents of young children to take advantage of the eighteen years that

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5 Apps Parents Should Know About

In an effort to help parents and guardians better protect children and teens from online predators, the Huffington Post compiled a list of five apps predators may use to target children. One app listed, Yubo, acts as a “Tinder for teens” ages 13-17 and claims to help students meet new friends. Read the full Huffington Post article here. Being aware

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How “Fear of Missing Out” (FoMO) Affects Time Behind the Wheel

Many have heard the phrase coined among today’s teenagers, “Fear of Missing Out” (FoMO). While most perceive it as a harmless mantra for today’s hyper-connected youth, a study released by Liberty Mutual Insurance revealed that the pressures of this “always-on” lifestyle have manifested in potentially deadly consequences behind the wheel. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, cell phone use while

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