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is BeReal safe ?
apps

The backlash to Instagram is here baby! BeReal is REAL!

BeReal is an alternative social media app that seeks to give our t(w)eens a more unfiltered look at each other’s lives. The best part -BeReal is known for its ONCE A DAY ONLY photo policy.
While BeReal goes a long way in reducing the huge anxiety our screenagers feel from the constant comparison to everyone else’s perfectly curated feeds, it is not without its risks

Euphoria: what parents need to know
conversation starters

EUPHORIA, not just another teen love story – a hard NO from us

Euphoria has captured the teen world by storm. If your teen isn’t watching the series, they have more than likely heard about, spoken about it with their friends or come across snippets of it on TikTok. We don’t often say this when it comes to online content, we give this show a HARD NO for teens. Here is why and how you talk to your teens about it even if they haven’t seen it (yet)

how to talk to kids and teens about ukraine
conscious parenting

How to talk to your child about the war in Ukraine

Although the Russian invasion, for our kids, is playing out several thousand kilometers from home, social media can make it seem like it is all happening next door.
Tragic, frightening and violent images of the Ukraine are flooding TikTok and Insta reels. So, while your child may or may not be watching the news, they are certainly being exposed to the horror of yet another war

what is ghosting
Digital Parenting

Ghosting: what every parent needs to know

Ghosting?! What does it mean and why does it hurt so much?
If you, like so many parents, have to help your child through the really tricky terrain of being ghosted, check out our latest blog for everything you need to know

Tinder Swindler kids
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The Tinder Swindler: why the latest Netflix binge is relevant to your teens

The Tinder Swindler,” the latest Netflix binge that everyone is talking about, follows three women who all went on the popular dating app, Tinder and matched with “Simon Leviev”. Whether your kids are old enough to watch the documentary or not, it’s a great opportunity for some important conversations around AFFIRMATION, and what underlies the need of all of us to hear “you are special to me”

mental health

Just because you pee a lot…does not mean you have diabetes

TikTok has become the latest space where tweens and teens come to vent, joke, taunt and now SELF-DIAGNOSE in relation to their mental health challenges. While this has provided our screenagers greater awareness and a sense of community around previously “shameful” issues like ADD, OCD, anxiety and depression, it has also brought a proliferation of misinformation and all too hasty self-diagnoses….

apps

YARN – the chat fiction app that makes our kids read – really?

If you have ever been given a friend’s message thread to read and found it intriguing, then you may have an idea why Yarn is more than exciting for our screenagers, despite it being anything BUT appropriate. Here is everything parents need to know.

Digital Parenting

Avoid screen zombies AND get your kids out the bedroom this holiday

After a VERY long and very hard year, how do we manage our tw/eens and their screens this holiday without turning into a monster or throwing the xBox/iPad/phone into the ocean in the hope that that this is the ONLY thing to actually get your screenager to emerge from their cave.
Here are some ideas on how to get the screenagers off the screen AND out the bedroom these holidays

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Understanding the phenomenon that is K-Pop: the parent cheat sheet

If you, like so many of us, are still perplexed about Squid Game and its unprecedented popularity, understanding the phenomenon that is K-Pop might help make it a little more understandable.
K-WHAT? Well, K-Pop, aka ‘Korean POP’ is a genre of music that has taken the world by storm. If you want to surprise your screenager with some superpower parent knowledge, we thought we’d give you the low down on K-Pop.

the metaverse and kids
Facebook

Facebook and the Metaverse Makeover: Should you care? (And will your teen even notice?)

This week, our friend Mr Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is now going to be called META (a derivative of the word “metaverse.” And while your initial thought is definitely “Kids think Facebook is just for old people, why would they care?,” there are some important reasons why you should care, and why the move to the metaverse has interesting implications for our relationship with our screenagers.

Digital Parenting

What to do when your little one accidentally sees porn…

It’s one thing when our teens and tweens go looking for porn. It’s another thing when porn comes looking for our YOUNGER kids. And not surprisingly, porn is made to go looking for young kids on Roblox, in advertising, and on gaming portals. Here are ten simple steps to take when your little one is taken by surprise…