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The Pressure of Being Plugged In

The Pressure of Being Plugged In

Is your teen feeling pressure to stay “plugged in?”

American teenagers are spending about nine hours on average with digital media every day. That’s more time than teens spend sleeping, or at school. Teens are more plugged in today than ever before, and much of the time they spend in front of screens is spent browsing and posting to social media. Unfortunately, the compulsion for teens to constantly check their social media does not come without negative consequences.

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A Smart Look at the MOMO Challenge

A Smart Look at the MOMO Challenge

Throughout recent years, social media has seen a number of viral challenges that have been targeting audiences, oftentimes the vulnerable children and young adults, to engage in dangerous activities, and record them online.   From the tide pod viral video dares, to the fire challenge, to the choking challenge, the cinnamon challenge, and the latest MOMO challenge, concerns are high among parents and families trying to navigate how to keep their kids safe.  Recent reports indicate that even apps that have been created to help families better monitor their children’s online activities like YouTube Kids may have been hacked by unknown sources.   

The Momo challenge is shockingly alarming, a disturbing image of a woman with distorted features, asking kids to increasingly pass challenges that intensify in nature, encouraging them to harm themselves or others. 

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Are You A Duck?

Are You A Duck?

Are You A Duck?  
By SGS Ambassador: Abbie Mueller (Student Writer)

Overview

It is a quiet, pretty fall day, and there is a beautiful duck with a bright green head and striped neck quietly gliding across the water.  He is so graceful that the surface of the pond barely ripples as he floats along, peaceful with his head held high. Underneath the water though is his secret.  His yellow webbed feet are paddling as hard as he possibly can! He struggles to move himself forward and stay afloat, all of his work below the surface hidden from people who admire his silent, perfect, morning swim...

This article will cover:

Instagram feeds aren't real life. 

Comparison and stress

Unrealistic standards and low self-image

Scary stats for suicide rates, anxiety, and depression in high-performing college students - Cornell University, Penn State University, Tulane University, and Stanford University.

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How can social media be used for education purposes?

How can social media be used for education purposes?

We’ve written on the benefits of social media for teens before on our blog in our posts, “A deeper dive into the positive effects of social networking” and “Are there positive effects from social media for teens?” Today, we’re looking at one specific way social media can benefit tech savvy tweens and teens. That’s when it’s used appropriately for educational purposes.

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