“Notification Nation”: Gentry Magazine in Conversation with Ana Homayoun

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Category: Education Articles, Parenting, Schools, Setting Goals, Social Networking, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology, Wellness

The last time Gentry Magazine sat down with our founder, Ana Homayoun, it was 2012 and her book The Myth of the Perfect Girl had just been released. For this month’s issue, she sat down with them again to discuss her third book, Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World.  The book aims to … Continue reading

How to Help Your Children Balance Their Online and IRL Lives

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Category: Parenting, Setting Goals, Social Networking, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology, Wellness

Given the pervasiveness of technology and social media in nearly all of our lives, the topic of how best to help students regulate and balance their online and IRL lives comes up frequently at our Green Ivy offices. While we’ve looked at a variety of parental monitoring apps (along with their pros and cons) we also wanted … Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Parental Monitoring Apps

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Category: NY Times articles, Parenting, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology, Wellness

Recent studies show that teens and tweens are spending a lot of time online—in fact, teenagers (ages 13-18) use an average of nine hours of entertainment media per day, and tweens (ages 8-12) use an average of six hours a day. Given these rates of consumption, parents are often faced with a two-fold dilemma: understanding what activities … Continue reading

When Online Actions Have Real-Life Consequences

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Category: Parenting, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology

Last week, Harvard revealed that they they had rescinded the admissions offers of at least 10 students after it was found that they had posted offensive, horrific, and obscene images and memes within a closed Facebook group. Many parents and educators had questions around this event, not the least of which was: How could these … Continue reading

The Importance of Teens and Tweens Having Physically Active Lives

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Category: Parenting, Setting Goals, Social Networking, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology

When we meet with students at Green Ivy, we coach them about more than just academics. We also have them reflect on their overall lifestyle habits, from stress management and nutrition to sleep and functional exercise. It’s recommended that teens get at least one hour of physical exercise a day, but recent studies have shown … Continue reading

How Much Homework Is Too Much?

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Category: Education Articles, Parenting, Schools, Wellness

A common question posed by educators, parents and students centers around daily homework: how much is too much? While there isn’t one answer that fits every subject, school or individual student, we wanted to look at both sides of the issue. On the one hand, homework can achieve the necessary goal of reinforcing material learned … Continue reading

Staff Post: Are Your Kids On Snapchat?

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Category: Parenting, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology

This was written by our fabulous (and popular!) educational consultant, Harsh. He works with students on everything from ACT and SAT test preparation to Chemistry, Physics and Calculus.  The announcement of the recent IPO of Snap, Inc.,  the company behind the immensely popular app Snapchat, has been hard to miss, especially here in Silicon Valley. The … Continue reading

New Year, New Semester, New Goals!

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Category: Back-to-School, NY Times articles, Parenting, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Wellness

Happy 2017! We often look at the beginning of the new year as an opportunity for reflection and goal setting, we wanted to share some of our tips at Green Ivy for beginning the semester well. A recent article suggested that the key to success is ruthless self-examination (read: self-awareness) and goals and reflection are the … Continue reading