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Screen Time Discouraged for Children

The World Health Organization is recommending no screen time for children under one year old and limiting sedentary screen time to one hour per day for children under five years old. The guidelines state that these recommendations along with better sleep and exercise will result in healthier adults. “Previous generations worried about the impact of

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Google Docs: The New Social Platform for Teens

The latest trend for communicating during school hours is to use Google Docs to chat with their friends. The app has become a staple in the workplace and in schools, as the program offered through Google offers easy sharing, collaboration and automatically saves the users work. Furthermore, more than one person can be working on

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Teen Slang: Do You Know the Meaning?

Slang terms are ever evolving and are an integral part of growing up. A word or abbreviation can add significant meaning or emotion to a message or text. Slang helps teens define their connections, feel accepted and gain independence. Keeping up on teen slang and lingo may seem daunting; however, understanding the language teens communicate with verbally and

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Marijuana & Psychosis

Whenever anyone opposes the topic of marijuana they are challenged to back up their opposition with recent scientific evidence. A recently published study in The Lancet involving, among others, researchers at King’s College London, compared 900 people who had been treated for psychosis with 1,200 people who had not. Groups were surveyed on a number of factors, including

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Navigating a Technological World

“Have you identified some specific concerns about your teens? Is it their impatience? Their multitasking that you interpret as rude? Entitlement attitudes? Not enough sleep? Complaining? Academic apathy? Quick boredom? Depression? Believe it or not, it’s not their fault they are that way.” In her book, Screens and Teens: Connecting With Our Kids In a Wireless

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Is an Internet Filter Enough to Protect Your Family From Graphic Content?

Internet filters can have a large role in protecting children from pornography, mainly limiting or delaying their exposure to it. Unfortunately, internet filters are not enough in permanently blocking children from ever seeing pornography. According to Covenant Eyes, an internet filter alone is not a good, safe internet solution because: Filters will always have a way

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Four Dangerous Parenting Styles

The infograph on the right is telling in what Tim Elmore believes to be “the new methods of coping with our new realities.” “While none of these methods are tragic, they do signal a different way of coping with our busy lives,” Elmore wrote in a recent blog. “When my kids were toddlers we gave them

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Two Tips for Teaching a Child How to Cope with Bullying

More than half of all teenagers in America see bullying as a major problem among their peers, according to a new survey by Pew Research. Teenagers were more likely to rank bullying as a problem than poverty, drug addiction or alcohol consumption. Anxiety and depression, problems that bullying contributes to, ranked high in the survey. Here

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Youth Vaping Declared an Epidemic

According to the National Institutes of Health, “America’s teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting ‘any vaping’ in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017.” Vaping is on the rise among high school seniors, with 21% reporting

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Have You Had ‘The Prom Talk’ With Your Teen?

With spring comes the anticipation of prom season for thousands of parents and teens. Formal attire is purchased, hair appointments are scheduled and arrangements to take pictures at a unique location are made in preparation for the big day. Amidst all the excitement, do not lose the opportunity to talk to your teen about the pressures

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