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TikTok's Blackout Challenge is back
tiktok

The Blackout Challenge – a new level of TikTok Bleak!

The Blackout Challenge also called the Choke Challenge and the Pass-out Challenge, is not new!

But, as recently as August of this year, the pass-out challenge has re-surfaced once more to seduce and scare our tweens and teens into bizarre behaviours. Here is what parents need to know

body image and social media
mental health

“I feel so fat!” said every t(w)een girl size 0-20

Navigating diet culture and fatphobia is full of land mines, especially when our t(w)eens are scrolling on social media over one skinny super model after the next. But the real comparison (especially online) is between them and their friends.

parents guide to video games
gaming

What to ask your child when they want to download a new video game

Just when you think you understand Fortnite…there’s a new game you’ve never heard of. As parents, it’s impossible to keep up with what is happening on this month’s favourite Xbox/PlayStation fix. Here is our step-by-step guide to making sure you ask the right questions every time your favourite short person says “Mom/ Dad, please can I download_________ [insert unheard of video game here]”

nomophobia
addiction

“I’m addicted to my phone!” – said no kid EVER

Does your screenager consider his device to be a firmly implanted eleventh digit on his hand? Does the suggestion of a wi-fi free holiday in the bush cause a less than pleasant reactionary push-back, mild panic and desperate requests to stay at home? Well there are words for this typical cluster of ‘teen-minus device’ tantrums – it’s called nomophobia!

how to talk to kids about violence
conscious parenting

How to talk to your kids about the senseless violence they are seeing on their screens

As another school shooting is lighting up our kids’ screens, the ‘Hard to Have; chat is here again. As parents, we need to once again confront how we talk to our kids about the violence they are either catching glimpses of on their newly acquired devices or the violence they are witnessing on TV as they walk to the living area. Whatever your younger child’s age, here are eight ‘good chat’ fundamentals for any ‘Hard-to-Have’ chat.

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
conversation starters

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….