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

nomophobia

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!

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

is BeReal safe ?

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

Euphoria: what parents need to know

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)

Ghosting: what every parent needs to know

what is ghosting

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

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….

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

the metaverse and kids

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.

Five ways to talk your teen about Instagram comparison

The Wall Street Journal recently published a damning article about Instagram. The article leaked internal documents from Facebook (which owns Instagram) showing that the company knows how harmful Instagram is to teen girls’ mental health (and is not doing anything to change this). For example, one of Facebook’s internal presentations showed that 32% of TEEN […]

Intermittent fasting from your phone?!

Intermittent fasting from your phone? ! You’ve all by now read about the health benefits of intermittent fasting (albeit, many of you, with great skepticism while eating leftover pizza for breakfast). That being said, research shows that  returning to food after abstaining for a period of time leaves you feeling rejuvenated, with greater focus, energy […]