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To Stop A Predator: What Every Parent Needs To Know

I bet many of you reading this have seen an episode of the Dateline series To Catch A Predator, but if you haven’t, click this link to watch The Best Of To Catch A Predator. The cameras roll while an undercover officer poses as an underage girl, willing to meet someone she has only met online, and that meeting is for sex, and yes, sex to take place in her family’s home. Some men travel hundreds of miles to meet a tween or a teen. With alcohol and condoms in tow, they are met with Chris Hansen, cameras, and public humiliation. […]

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My 9-Year-Old Saw Porn! Now What?

Parents generally freak out when their child is accidentally exposed to pornographic material while innocently playing or surfing the web. Take, for example, a Dad in his early 60’s who had kids late in the game. He is cooking at home while his 9-year-old son is sitting in the kitchen and playing Minecraft on his Ipad. All of a sudden the Dad starts to hear noises……those noises, the porn kind of noises. He flies to the Ipad with not a second to spare as his immediate reaction is to save his son from the horrors of porn. Not too familiar […]

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The Tide Pod Challenge and Rob Gronkowski?

The Tide Pod Challenge is among the worst I have seen so far. This challenge is where teens and tweens attempt to consume a plastic laundry detergent pod while live-streaming, or recording it to later share on social media. What are the risks? Choking on the poisonous liquid by inhaling it Vomiting Seizures Changes in heart rate/blood pressure Burns to the digestive tract, mouth, and stomach Loss of consciousness The desperate need for social media ‘likes’ continues to trump common sense and logic for this generation of kids. Despite the warnings from poison control centers, the recent news coverage about […]

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A Mother’s Struggle To Beat Pokémon Addiction

It’s ironic. A few years ago when my son was six years old, like most other kids his age he asked me if he could download Minecraft. My response? No way – it’s far too addictive. To his credit, my son obeyed my wishes and did not download Minecraft. Phew, I’d dodged a bullet – or so I thought. What I didn’t take into consideration was that he was in year one at “big school” now, and he was spending much of his time in an environment that I (as his mother) had little control over. My son had formed […]

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Social Judo Reports: A New Study Suggests Smartphone Addiction Puts Teens At Risk For Mental Health Issues

Parents everywhere are concerned about smartphone addiction and a new study suggests they have good reason to worry. In 2016, Common Sense Media found that half of all teenagers said they were addicted to their smartphones, and we can all guess that when the 2017-2018 statistics come out, that number will be higher. In a blog post published this week on “Android Authority”, Tristan Rayner wrote the following: “A typical smartphone user checks their phone 47 times a day, with those aged 18-24 checking 86 times a day, according to a Deloitte survey. 89 percent check their phones within an hour […]

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Mom and Dad, Want To Know What Your Teen Says About You?

  In my practice, the most common complaint I hear from teens about their parents by far is that they just don’t listen. Kids for generations have reported the same problem; parents don’t get it because they don’t take the time or are too preoccupied to really listen. The specific topics of teen-parent discussions don’t seem to have much to do with this universal adolescent complaint. As a therapist who has worked with tweens, teens, and parents for over twenty years, I can write the script before either the teen or the parent tell me their stories. Here is the brief […]

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Real-Time Alert From Social Judo Has One Dad In A Panic

When parents get an alert from Social Judo that tells them their child is talking about something as serious as divorce, one of two things can happen: either the adults in charge seize the parenting opportunity, or they go into panic mode themselves. Brendan from upstate New York “I use Social Judo and I got an alert that my 12-year-old daughter was talking about divorce. My wife and I are talking about separating but have not told our kids anything, and truthfully, we do a really good job of keeping our problems away from the kids. How should we handle […]

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JUULING: The Thing Teens Are Doing That Parents Have Never Heard Of

The trend of Juuling, or using JUUL vapes, has become very popular among high school students all across the country. JUUL is a brand of vapes or e-cigarettes and is uniquely popular, in part, due to its size. JUUL vapes look just like a thumb drive, easy to conceal and easy to use. Kids can charge these vape pens by using the USB port on their laptops and parents and teachers would never know that they were actually charging an e-cigarette. On its website, JUUL lists starter kits that include one rechargeable JUUL device, a four-pack of JUUL pods in different flavors […]

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Is Your Teen or Tween Using The App

  Sometimes I get really jealous of the technology and social media apps that kids today get to enjoy. Remember when you were a tween? Singing into a cassette recorder to your favorite hits, trying to assess and compare your vocal skill with Debbie Boon, Madonna, or Janet Jackson? As a child of the 80’s, I can’t think of anything that would have rocked my world more than an app like, with the exception of meeting Boy George or Michael Jackson of course. This popular smartphone app seems like the best thing since sliced bread, but let’s take a […]

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FriendO: The New Social Media App Tweens and Tweens Are Using

  Over the last month, the new social media app, FriendO has skyrocketed to the top of the App Store charts and currently holds the #5 most downloaded social media app. FriendO is also a particularly popular among middle school-aged kids which make up 84% of its current users. There are a few things parents should know about this app, and as with all social media apps, best practices for parents of middle schoolers is to monitor what they are downloading so that you can do your own due diligence. The app says the following; “Sure, you’re a “friend”, but […]

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