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Reasons you should encourage your teen’s social media use

Parenting forums always seem to be against teens’ social media use. There is an abundance of online articles telling you the dangers of social media, but very few if any, telling you about the benefits.   Social media has come to stay, and like driving on ice, when it seems you are speeding out of control, it is helpful to steer into the skid. Encourage social media use but on your terms.   Ask your teenagers, they will tell you the many reasons they continue to use social media, and those are what makes for healthy adjustment. In an international survey of 15-year-olds, 91% of boys and 92% of girls agreed that it is beneficial to have social media profiles […]

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what every parent must know about FOMO Anxiety

Like many other 6-year-olds, when I was younger, I always wanted to play outside with the neighbours’ kids. Sadly, my mom wouldn’t let me until I had done my homework and cleaned my room. I remember how much it stung to look out the window and see the other children swinging from the dusty tire strung to the old oak tree. I remember the deep pain that accompanied hearing those soul-piercing, high pitched screams of children having a good time. Many times I cried because I couldn’t join in. That my dear is FOMO.   What is FOMO? FOMO – The Fear of Missing Out –  in its simplest terms is the sense that others are having a more rewarding […]

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Are Social Media Influencers Brainwashing Your Teens?

From the “Mannequin Challenge” to “the kiki challenge”, social media has been influencing the things teens and tweens do, what clothes they wear, watch and the types of videos they post. This influence is all harmless fun until the someone gets seriously injured like in “the Kylie lip challenge”, “the cinnamon challenge”, or even killed by incoming traffic as in “the kiki challenge”, or by poisoning as in the tide pod challenge.   You’d think that after all the misfortune these challenges cause, people will stop, wrong! Instead, people compile ‘fail videos’ of unfortunate events and release them to the public as ‘comedy’ on Instagram and youtube.   The worst part about these trends is you cannot tell which will […]

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How to Protect Your Teen From Becoming A Victim of Predators

Human Beings have been fabricating information since the beginning of time, the inception of the internet has just made this more prevalent and much easier to get away with. It is not new to us that people can now conveniently form fake profiles filled with false information and use that to cause another person harm. Hence, we must diligently guard our online lives and those of our teens.   Whether you’re a parent or an educator, addressing the following will help you protect your teens.   1. Online Profiles Have your teens re-evaluate their online profiles and remove sensitive or personal information. Information such as ‘the street where you live’, ‘Where they work or go to school’, or ‘the day […]

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How to help your teen overcome FOMO

The concept of FOMO is not new to us. It’s very rational for teens to wonder what happens when they aren’t around or when their friends go out without them. But this anxiety became more profound, with the advent of social media. The Oxford English dictionary added this concept to their lexicon in 2013, and defined it as “Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media.” Fundamentally, FOMO is “the grass is greener on the other side” syndrome. It can affect anyone, even parents. Are you wondering how to recognise FOMO? Just ask yourself the following questions. Is your teen habitually or continuously checking their phone? Does he/she […]

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How Social Media Has Worsened Teen Bullying

Across the generational spectrum, teenagers have not always been the kindest people. To themselves and to adults as well, they are something else. They pick fun at other people’s misfortunes and make others feel horrible for no apparent reason. We noticed a huge spike in this problematic behaviour with the latch-and-key kids because of their new found freedom as their parents began assuming full-time corporate jobs. But not until the era of the smartphone did the rest of the world witness the real horror that teenagers are. Before social media, victims of bullying would look forward to going home because the bullying at school ends when the teens leave school. Now, because of the omnipresent nature of the internet, bullying […]

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How to manage your child’s social media privacy – whatsapp

Whatsapp is a free, messenger app for smartphones. WhatsApp uses the internet to send messages, images, audio or videos, so Whatsapp is significantly cheaper than texting. The app can also be used on a desktop. It is popular with teenagers because of features like voice and video call, location sharing, group chatting, and voice messaging. The app forces users to add friends (your teen) through their phone number. They can also easily be added to group chats without consent. This means that people they do not know (Friends of friends) would have access to their phone number and consequently them. This is why you must protect your child’s Instagram account. Wanna know how? here are 3 simple steps : STEP […]

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Your Social Media Posts Help Predators Find Your Kids

Ever wondered how paedophiles find kids online? It’s not some obscure and intricately designed approach, instead, it’s as simple as the pictures we, their parents, post.   We all have that pic, the super-cute one of our kids in the bath, or at the beach? The one that just makes you aww with cuteness overload?   We want all our friends to see them, so we post them on Instagram or Facebook. #BikiniKids #CutenessOverload #Bathtime #NakedToddler. What we don’t realise is, it’s not just our friends who’ll be able to view them.   All predators have do is search the commonly used hashtags that parents deemed harmless and boom, lots of free images of half-naked kids to download and exploit. […]

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4 Insidious Ways Snapchat Gives your teen FOMO Anxiety

If you have been under a tunnel for the past five years and still don’t know the app, Snapchat is an instant messaging, and multimedia mobile app that allows users to interact using temporary images, videos or private messages, otherwise known as “snaps”. It also enables its users to compile snaps into a chronological storyline that all of their friends can view. The app refers to these creations as “Snap Stories”.   You can spot the Snapchat app on your child’s phone by its signature white ghost logo on a yellow background, which is an adequate representation of the disappearing messages and posts.   Because it is one of the world’s most popular smartphone apps among teens, it often leaves […]

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Great Ways to Prevent Phone Addiction in children

Phone addictions go beyond your child’s preoccupation with virtual reality. Scientists are still exploring the many effects of this type of addiction. According to recent research, over half of all parents are concerned that their teen’s excessive phone use is affecting their mental health.   If you do not want your child to get addicted, here are some things you can do: 1. Monitor your child’s phone screen time The new apple update (IOS 12) comes with an automatic screen time monitor which allows you to get real-time reports on how much time you or your kids spend on your devices surfing the web, on social media sites or playing games.   This screen time monitor is a great way […]

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Reasons you should encourage your teen’s social media use

Parenting forums always seem to be against teens’ social media use. There is an abundance of online articles telling you […]

what every parent must know about FOMO Anxiety

Like many other 6-year-olds, when I was younger, I always wanted to play outside with the neighbours’ kids. Sadly, my […]

Are Social Media Influencers Brainwashing Your Teens?

From the “Mannequin Challenge” to “the kiki challenge”, social media has been influencing the things teens and tweens do, what […]

How to Protect Your Teen From Becoming A Victim of Predators

Human Beings have been fabricating information since the beginning of time, the inception of the internet has just made this […]

How to help your teen overcome FOMO

The concept of FOMO is not new to us. It’s very rational for teens to wonder what happens when they […]

How Social Media Has Worsened Teen Bullying

Across the generational spectrum, teenagers have not always been the kindest people. To themselves and to adults as well, they […]

How to manage your child’s social media privacy – whatsapp

Whatsapp is a free, messenger app for smartphones. WhatsApp uses the internet to send messages, images, audio or videos, so […]

Your Social Media Posts Help Predators Find Your Kids

Ever wondered how paedophiles find kids online? It’s not some obscure and intricately designed approach, instead, it’s as simple as […]

4 Insidious Ways Snapchat Gives your teen FOMO Anxiety

If you have been under a tunnel for the past five years and still don’t know the app, Snapchat is […]

Great Ways to Prevent Phone Addiction in children

Phone addictions go beyond your child’s preoccupation with virtual reality. Scientists are still exploring the many effects of this type […]