Tag Archives: social media

When They Know They Are Being Manipulated — It Can Help

These are intense, social, political, medical, and emotional times. Here is the thing — getting more breaks from social media and screen time, in general, can serve as a positive recharge for our kids. But how to do this? I want to suggest a really important conversation that might motivate your kids and teens to sign off a bit more. First, we know via research and experience that as kids mature...

Is There a Link Between Social Media and Teen Depression?

According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a 33% increase in the number of teens experiencing depression, a 23% rise in teen suicide attempts, and a 31% surge in the number of teens who died by suicide in the five years between 2010 to 2015. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Foundation says suicide is now the second leading cause of death for young...

Just How “Social” is Social Media?

Remember hanging out at the mall, after school, with your friends? Or calling them on the phone and talking for hours? According to the Child Mind Institute, while that might have seemed like wasted time, researchers suggest that those activities help teens develop valuable social skills. Speaking directly to another person is very different from communicating, via social media, on a computer or smart phone. And our teens...