The Social Media Monster: The Internet and Self-esteem in Teens

Lets look at the Internet and how it affects self-esteem in teens!  It’s natural to fear the unknown. Unfortunately, many of the fears about the internet and social media are turning out to be true. Experts believe that in the modern age, children are growing up with more anxiety and lower self-esteem than ever before, and social media might be to blame. Cyber Bullying and Isolation: Being Left Out Now Hurts More Than Ever There have always been people who have an easier time than others when it comes to finding acceptance and popularity...

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Limiting the Internet: Protecting Teens in a Wild Frontier

Limiting Internet to Teens: Protecting Teens in a Wild Frontier A few generations ago, the world of the average teen was relatively small. Kids rode bicycles around the neighborhood, visited each other at home, got together at the local diner or went to the movies together. Parents worried of course, just like they always did and always will, but it was much easier to keep track of what was going on. A Giant World is Difficult to Control Today’s teens have access to people, events and influences from all around the globe. It’s difficult for a...

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Internet Gaming Addiction: A Serious Teen Issue

In this day and age, it’s common for people young and old to do the majority of their socializing online. This isn’t only a teen issue. What used to be discussed over a phone call is now handled over text, and the majority of people under the age of 40 are doing all of their major communications through Facebook. For parents, this means helping our kids find balance in their lives. The Dangers of Online Gaming Addiction There is no doubt about it: Too much gaming is a serious teen issue. Experts agree that spending countless hours a day...

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Ten Top Internet Safety Tips! It’s A teenage Problem!

Internet safety is an on-going concern with parents and the Internet isn’t going away.  I think the Internet is a good thing if we educate our kids and help them understand the dangers and help them be responsible users. Top Ten Internet Safety Tips 1. First educate yourself, then your child. Banning a child from certain sites may only motivate them to spend more time on them, whereas educating your child on how to keep safe will give them the tools they need to navigate their online world without being hurt; from not posting personal...

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Miss Teen USA Sextortion: Is Your Child Being Watched on Webcam?

Parents often fear for the safety of their children when it comes to the Internet, and it seems like every day we learn of a new horror that we must try to protect them from. On top of the already existing danger presented by sexual predators, bullies and identity thieves, we now have to worry about hackers changing the settings on our computers and using our own webcams against us. This is something that Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf unfortunately learned about the hard way. A Terrifying Realization Life was going great for Cassidy until she...

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Teens and Cell Phones: Are You a Bad Parent if You Say No?

Teens Cell Phones In the past, most parents would have scoffed at the idea of buying their children phones, but times have changed. Recent statistics from the Pew Internet and American Life Project show that about 75 percent of American children between the ages of 12 and 17 have their own phone, which is a 45 percent increase from where the numbers stood in 2004. Children and Phones: Good Points on Both Sides of the Debate The issue over whether or not children should have phones is commonly debated in parenting circles, and there is no...

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