“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

Social Media and Female Friendships: It’s Complicated

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Category: Technology, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology, Wellness

Green Ivy founder, Ana Homayoun, was recently interviewed by The Daily Beast about the influence of social media on female friendships, and the layers of complexity things like group texts and messaging apps have added to the equation. “One of the biggest examples is teen girls calling for ‘Instasupport’ from their friends, which means that if a friend … Continue reading

Social Media Wellness: Honest Feedback from Teens

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

Green Ivy Educational founder, Ana Homayoun’s third book, Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World, is slated to be released in August 2017 (Pre-order Here!).  In preparation, she asked some awesome high school students to come into our office and talk a little about their social media world.  With the … 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

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

The Impact of Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation on Children, Tweens and Teens

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Category: Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Wellness

Much of our work at Green Ivy revolves around helping students build their overall executive functioning skills, which in part, involves teaching simple strategies for time management and organization. We also take a holistic approach to student wellness, and encourage students to reflect on their overall well-being, which includes stress management, nutrition and sleep. In terms of … Continue reading