How are the Latest Social Media Trends Hurting Our Kids?

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Category: Social Networking, Technology, Teenagers

Messages that supposedly disappear after ten seconds.  Forums that allow users to post comments anonymously.  “Selfies.” How are some of the latest social media trends really affecting our kids?  My piece on these app features is in the Huffington Post.  Click here to view the article and share it, or read the excerpt below:  The … Continue reading

What Is a Text Bomb?

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Category: Social Networking, Technology, Teenagers

I talk to schools, parents and students quite a bit about social-media use and the results of cyber-bullying on social media.  There have been far too many negative effects of online cruelty, including the seventh grader in Florida who jumped to her death after being tormented online. As more apps become available each day, we … Continue reading

Does Social Media Affect College Admissions Decisions? Uh, YES. Some simple tips

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Category: College Corner, College Counseling, NY Times articles, Social Networking, Technology, Teenagers

Long ago, before parents were allowed on Facebook, and before Twitter/Tumblr/Snapchat/Ask.fm, I was interviewed for this NYTimes piece entitled, “For Some, Online Persona Undermines a Resume.”  It was all about my experience looking up a young woman I was supposed to interview on Facebook (just to see what she looked like) and finding out all sorts … Continue reading

A Positive Step Towards Cyberbullying Awareness

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Category: Social Networking, Technology, Teenagers

I often talk to parents, teachers and students about the stress from social media sites, as technology becomes more ubiquitous in today’s society.  There are too many stories these days about students who commit suicide because they were bullied online, many times from anonymous sources on sites such as Ask.fm. It doesn’t seem like there … Continue reading

Are Teen Girls Falling Flat From “Leaning In” Too Far? Ambition, Socialization and Technology

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Category: Myth of the Perfect Girl, Setting Goals, Social Networking, Success Stories, Technology, Teenagers

“What do you like to do for fun?” I often pose this question to the over-scheduled and stressed out teenage girls who come into my office. Some give me a look as if to say the last time they did something seemingly fun and frivolous was a spontaneous trip to the ice skating rink years … Continue reading

Should Social Networking Replace Classroom Discussions?

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Category: Education Articles, NY Times articles, Social Networking, Technology, Teenagers

Last week, there was an article in the NYTimes entitled “Students Speak Up in Class, Silently, via Social Media.” Trip Gabriel visits classes that use social media to get students to participate, and many of the students admit that it is easier to say things online than it is to communicate them by raising their … Continue reading