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Texting and Gardening??

So many of us think that we can multitask. We think texting and driving, no problem, but it is a problem. We are not as skilled at multitasking as we think. In reality our brain can only do one thing at a time. When we think we are multitasking we are actually switching rapidly between tasks. We lose our ability to respond quickly to what is happening around us on the road. Honda created a new PSA reminding us that we really can’t text and multitask. Check out this funny video of someone trying to text and garden here.

Let’s put down our phones and pay attention to the road!

Wait! You said you were doing homework?!

So you get online and you see that your friend, who said she was doing homework, is posting all about the awesome time she had hanging out with friends. You start feeling sad, then angry. Why didn’t she just say that she had plans? Why did she lie to you? Did she not want to hang out with you?  This can be a difficult situation to deal with. Dr. Devorah Heitner spoke with several teens, who came up with some great ideas to help deal with the emotions that come when you feel left out.

  1. “Watch some Netflix
  2. Eat some ice cream
  3. Call some other friends to invite them over
  4. Don’t watch—put away your phone!
  5. Exercise
  6. Hang out with your family”

Everyone will experience this in some form or another throughout life. It is good to have strategies to cope when you feel left out. Check out the rest of Dr. Devorah Heitner’s Article for some more great information.

Exclusion in the Instagram Age: How Can They be Having Such a Great Time Without Me?

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It Went Viral

Teens often don’t think about how far or fast a picture or video can spread online.  Just recently a friend of mine had a video spread extremely quickly. He attended the caucuses on primary election night. After he left, he took a video showing how the police ticketed all of the people who were illegally parked due to lack of parking options. He posted it on his Facebook account to share with his friends. It was shared over 1000 times, and within the first week it was seen by over 130,000 viewers. Today he has over 224,000 views. Once something is posted online, it can spread very quickly. It is important to remind teens, and adults that once something has been posted it can never be taken back. What we post online can have positive and negative effects on our life. Think before you post.

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What to do when your child runs into inappropriate content online.

We have all seen it and wished we hadn’t, porn.  It may have happened when you were looking for pictures for a project, or trying to find a funny video you saw with a friend. You clicked on a link, or it popped up, and suddenly you are watching something that you had no desire to see. The sad thing is that this will happen at sometime to your child.  I spoke to a child who once ran into porn, while trying to find a minecraft video. He was so upset, and felt so guilty.  We need to start preparing our children to know what to do when this happens. The best way to help your child deal with this unfortunate reality is to keep a good relationship with them. Discuss strategies with them, like covering the screen, turning off the monitor, or pressing the lock screen, and then bringing the device to you. When your child comes to you after they run into this content, you have the power to help them process and work through the mix of feelings they feel inside. Talk about appropriate relationships, you may have to have the sex talk a little earlier than you expect. This is an unfortunate reality that we face today.
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