Self-diagnosis in the age of Social Media “I’m not going to the party because I suffer from social anxiety”.“I can’t study because I’ve got ADHD”.“I want to change schools because I’m depressed”. Our kids love TikTok for a host of reasons but the latest one brings with it the challenge of self diagnosis! Yup,TikTok is […]
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]”
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.
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)
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
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
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”
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….
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
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…