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Ask Questions! 4 Conversations to Have with Your Kid

Do you ever struggle with having meaningful conversations with your kid/teen when it comes to their digital life? Most parents would answer with a big YES. There’s so much to cover in regards to social media and technology that it can seem overwhelming and very difficult to know where to start. But we believe that…

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Digital Detox

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“We Touch, Tap, & Swipe Our Phones 2,617 Times Per Day.” (eocinstitute.org) For the average person, the above statement is shockingly accurate. And even though it might not feel like we touch, tap, and swipe our phones that many times throughout the day, studies show that we are dependent and addicted to our smartphones. Think…

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Having Hard Conversations with Your Teens

So my kid has messed up on social media, now what? This might be the greatest fear parents could have in allowing their kid to have social media: making bad choices and the ripple effect of those choices. You were trying to build trust and a relationship with your kid, and now you feel like…

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Think Like a Kid: Looking at Social Media from Their Point of View

Do you remember what life was like as a tween/teen? What did you look like? Who did you hang around? Let’s be honest; a lot has changed since those prime years; especially the use of smart, mobile technology. It’s a new era, and sometimes technology can seem overwhelming, stressful, confusing and all around negative. But…

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Power of Presence: The Secret to Parenting

It’s been over six years now since my dad passed away and as time goes by, the memories of him become sweeter and sweeter. To say I had a good relationship with him is an understatement. My dad was my best friend, the best man at my wedding and the number one person I looked…

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Unseen Signals: Nonverbal Cues and Social Media

Have you ever heard the saying, “Actions speak louder than words,” or even “Nonverbal speaks louder than verbal.”? How true are those statements? For example, if my dad tells me I’m the best son in the world and goes on and on about how great I am, etc., but his eyes are on his phone,…

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Questions To Ask Yourself Before Posting

When it comes to posting something on Social Media, the sky is the limit as to what you can post: private or public, positive or negative, text or picture/video, helpful or hurtful, fun or serious, etc. But there are some things that you never want to be held against you, in the past/present/future, in regards…

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Conversation Starters to have with your Social Kid RIGHT NOW

Do you ever struggle with having meaningful conversations with your kid/teen? Most parents would answer with a big YES. And the reason why is because it could be any number of things: distractions, laziness, awkwardness, don’t know how to start it, surface-level relationship, distrust, “I don’t care” or “just leave me alone” attitude, etc. And…

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Cyberbullying: How to know if your kid is being bullied online.

If you are new to Be Socially Smart or have been a part of our community for some time now, you would know how strongly we believe that informed parents = safer kids. The number one online safety tip we can give parents is for you to stay informed and involved in your kid’s digital…

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