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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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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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A Look Into Uber For Parents - Good Idea Or Bad?

A Look Into Uber For Parents - Good Idea Or Bad?

It seems like such a great, simple idea: Using Uber for parents to manage their kids’ transportation. Just tap on the Uber app icon on your phone or mobile device and get your child to and from practice, even if you’re stuck in a meeting or in traffic! It’s a long-running joke that parents double as chauffeurs for their kids until their children can start driving. To some extent, this is true. But what about when mom or dad are stuck at work, an event or preoccupied with another child? Uber might be the solution.

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Tips For Raising The iGen

Tips For Raising The iGen

The iGeneration, or iGen, kids, born between 1995 and 2012 are often characterized by their overuse of smartphones, social media, and technology. This overuse can bring about stunted communication skills, less-than-ideal conflict resolution abilities, lower emotional intelligence, lower self-esteem, less healthy intimate relationships, inappropriate relationship boundaries, and other lacking social skills. However, with good parenting tactics, parents can counteract these challenges and raise emotionally and socially developed Omaha girls and boys instead.

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7 Ideas For Tech-Free Summer Activities For Omaha Girls And Boys

7 Ideas For Tech-Free Summer Activities For Omaha Girls And Boys

Busy-ness and life take over: apps shoot you notifications, emails need to be answered, phone calls need to be returned, and games must be played. Right? Not so fast. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy real family time, off screens and away from technology. This week, we’re laying out some ideas for tech-free family time that Omaha girls, boys, and families can incorporate into their summer plans.

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“Be Best” : Is It The Best Advice About Internet Safety?

“Be Best” : Is It The Best Advice About Internet Safety?

**This blog post was written by our SGS Ambassador, Abbie Mueller (and only slightly edited by our writing crew).** You may have heard in the news that First Lady Melania Trump recently gave a presentation where she announced her new program, “https://www.whitehouse.gov/bebest/”  In her speech, she said that she wants to focus on three issues facing today’s children: drug addiction, mental health, and social media pressures.  To work on the part of her program dealing with social media pressures, she plans to use guidelines called “Talking With Kids About Being Online.”

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