Our Technology Rules

Being a parent today is a hard job. We are busy cooking, cleaning, taking kids to sports/dance practice and coordinating everyone’s schedules! This can be exhausting!  At times we forget how impressionable kids are.

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Dressember: Fighting Modern Slavery

Dressember

Today I am taking a moment to shape your sky about a topic that is dear to my heart. Slavery exists in every city around the world. It haunts massage parlors and truck stops.

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My Introduction Into Social Media as a LPC

Tracy

Do you remember when Atari was the most popular, must have, latest gaming system? Or, when you got your first cell phone and it was used for emergencies only? How about when television ads first started to include that “www dot thing” at the bottom of the screen? Growing up, I can remember each of these instances and more as the world wide web began to infiltrate our homes and lives.

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Let’s Get Medical: Salt & Ice Challenge

In the age of social media, adolescents are able to utilize digital peer pressure to influence behavior of vulnerable teens and tweens. The recent internet phenomena circulating social media sites is the Salt and Ice Challenge (SIC).

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Ask Amanda: Self-Esteem

“Dear Amanda, I have a teenage daughter who is on social media. I worry about her self-esteem and her comparing herself to other girls on social media. How do I help her develop strong self-esteem in this social media visually driven world we are immersed in?”

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Ask Amanda: PokémonGo

“Dear Amanda, I have two children: a girl in middle school and a boy in high school. They have become obsessed with the PokémonGo app. It has been all over the news about thieves using it to lure kids to areas and robbing them. I feel that I should make them delete the app. What should I do?”

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Ask Amanda: Technology Addiction

“Dear Amanda, I’m working with parents that are struggling with their kids’ behavioral outbursts when they take away their device. It’s almost like they have an addiction to their phone or tablet. I’ve heard of internet addiction, but is there device addiction?”

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Facebook “Dislike” Button Update

As we thought, Facebook has made a decision about the “Dislike” button. Rather than one button, Facebook is planning on launching a group of “Reaction” emojis which will express: love, haha, wow, yay, sad and angry. These emojis will have motion much like a gif.

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