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Back To School: Are You Digitally Ready?

One of the biggest things on the mind of every parent right now is that school is just around the corner. For some, you’ve been counting down the days; for others, you’re trying to soak up all the last moments with your kid as you can. Either way, parents are in prep/transition mode of getting…

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Because They’re Watching YOU: Digital Role Modeling

Do you remember the age-old game of Follow the Leader? It’s pretty simple: someone chooses a leader, and everyone in the group has to do/go wherever the leader wants to do/go. I remember this game being a lot of fun…if you were the leader! But let’s be honest: this game is a lot like real…

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Who Am I Building?

Just for a second, let’s pretend you want to build a new house: your dream house. Where do you start? Well, you need to come up with a plan: what will the design look like, how big will it be, what colors, how much money do we have, time frame, area to build, etc. And…

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Social Media and the Pursuit of Happiness

In 2018, what are some things that a teenager would define as happiness? Some of them are age-old pursuits: more freedom, financial success, lots of friends, having fun times and fun things, etc. But as of this past decade, social media has become an endless loop of trying to find happiness and satisfaction for our…

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Are You a Digitally Proactive or Reactive Parent?

Let’s be real honest here: when it comes to parenting, it’s much easier to react in the moment to things rather than be proactive from the beginning. For example, it’s easier to give a toddler cookies for dinner because he’s throwing a major fit than to teach him on the front end that you need…

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4 Tips to Keep Your Kid Socially Smart this Summer

Can you guess what the number one thing kids and teens are looking forward to in a few weeks? That’s right…summer break! What a wonderful, fun time for students…and a scheduling nightmare for parents, am I right? JK! But on a serious note, this is the time of the year where students look forward to…

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Questions To Ask When Parenting in a Digital Age

Do You Ever Ask Yourself These Questions: Is social media/technology hurting my kid? How much screen time is too much screen time? What age is appropriate to give my kid a smartphone? Is my kid’s usage on their smartphone linked to issues they are experiencing? If you’ve ever wondered any of these things, you are…

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The Ugly Truth About Sexting with Kids

Sexting is not only an adult thing. At the educational conference in London, Mandy Saligari, the director of the Harley Street Rehab Clinic, announced that many of her 13-year-old patients think that sexting is appropriate. For the record, sexting is sending the sexually explicit material (videos, photos, text) to another person. In the United States,…

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