Hanging out at the pool has been a traditional place for teens to meet and make new friends; technology has changed that.
Now, social media and playing networked games are prime places. More than half of teens meet new friends online, and that works year-round.
Unplugging is making waves this winter.
Screen addiction – especially to cell phones – has become so widespread among teens, that high schools have identified digital cleanse days.
In some schools, teams or clubs have organized unplug challenges. Ceremonies and rituals are developing around the “turn off” times or “lock down”, as teens prepare to live without screens for 24 hour periods.
But will that brief pause prevent attachment from becoming addiction? It’s worth a try.
Too many Facebook friends can increase pressure on teens.
That was a summary statement pulled from recent research out of Canada. Although the sample size was small, the effects of online pressure is certain to be studied again, across a broader population and for longer periods of time.
It’s easy to understand how having 300 or more Facebook friends could trigger a swing from a teen celebrating online popularity to feeling online pressure. Just think how kids feel who have 1,000+ friends!
Transparent media coverage of teen moms and sexting should make it easier for parents to talk with tweens and teens about sex.
But is that happening IRL (in real life)?
I wonder how many parent-child conversations include discussions of body image, respect and healthy relationships.
Have you noticed how students have embraced a multitude of styles this fall?
All of a sudden, standing out is more important than fitting in with the crowd. Whether clothing, hair color/cuts, shoes or cell phone covers, even junior high kids have embraced personal branding.
Public service announcements remind us that discussing online privacy issues with kids is really “the new sex talk.”
Both topics relate directly to privacy, acceptance and self-esteem.
But when talking to a teen who has more than million followers on social media, and has already left a lengthy digital legacy, it almost seems like sex is the simpler subject.
Have you seen the fall ad campaign for Calvin Klein jeans? Don’t bother.
Using a combination of sexting and Tinder to start a “conversation through provocation,” it makes me sick to think kids are looking at this.
The tagline, “raw text, real stories,” says more than anyone needs to know.