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Here's What To Know About Teens And 'Sadfishing' Having teens in this day and age, with social media is front and center in their lives at all times, means I have to stay afloat on what’s going on.

Here's What To Know About Teens And 'Sadfishing'

This includes (but is not limited to) all social media platforms and ways of communicating with people, the latest terms and abbreviations and what they mean, how often my kids are on their phones, and what their friends are posting. Sounds like a full time job, right? Yeah, it kind of is. I learned some tricks of the trade throughout the years so I’m not sitting down for hours upon hours stalking their social media.

Believe me, I tried that and found out what was actually happening. A few shortcuts: If my teens are acting strange it’s because something is up. My son was having a lot of trouble a few years back. While I realize this may have been a cry for help, I had a feeling his problems were leaking onto my (very empathic) son. Teens spending more time in extracurricular activities and less time in front of screens have better mental health, study finds. Adolescents -- especially girls -- who spend more time in extracurricular activities and less than two hours of screen time after school have better mental health, according to a study from the University of British Columbia and published in the journal Preventive Medicine.

Teens spending more time in extracurricular activities and less time in front of screens have better mental health, study finds

Both factors were associated with higher levels of life satisfaction and optimism and lower levels of anxiety and depression, the study said. Longer screen time was particularly harmful for girls, as researchers saw a "significantly more pronounced" association between more screen time and worse mental health, the study said. But it's not healthy for either gender: Screen time that went beyond the recommended limit of two hours was still significantly associated with lower satisfaction and optimism among boys and girls, the study said. Oberle also noted that due to the pandemic, finding extracurricular activities isn't as easy as it once was. 9 Things Boys Need to Hear From Their Father Say At Home. As parents, we’re constantly doling out information to our kids.

9 Things Boys Need to Hear From Their Father Say At Home

Look both ways before crossing the street. HuffPost is now a part of Verizon Media. It’s natural for parents to be concerned about their children’s academic prowess and “IQ,” but these days, more are seeing the importance of developing emotional intelligence, or “EQ.”

HuffPost is now a part of Verizon Media

“Being emotionally intelligent helps kids manage their feelings in constructive ways, resolve conflict, and solve problems,” said Donna Housman, a clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience in early childhood development. “The ability to manage one’s own emotions, and cope with the emotions of others, along with an increased sensitivity to how others feel, is key to developing empathy, compassion, understanding and acceptance of differences between and among us.” Research also suggests that emotional intelligence is linked to greater success in school, stronger communication skills, better relationships, self-awareness, resilience, improved mental health, and other positive outcomes.

The good news is parents can help lay the foundation for this success early in their children’s lives. - The Washington Post. Why are teen depression rates are rising faster for girls than boys? 7 biggest parenting mistakes that destroy kids' mental strength. 8+ Moments From 'The Big Bang Theory' That Did Not Age Well. Stanford psychologist: How to raise successful and highly focused kids. Society’s fear of how technology is hurting our kids’ ability to focus and achieve success has reached a fever pitch — and many parents have resorted to extreme measures.

Stanford psychologist: How to raise successful and highly focused kids

A quick search on YouTube reveals thousands of videos of parents storming into their kids’ rooms, unplugging the computers or gaming consoles, and smashing the devices into bits. But here’s what most parents don’t understand: Technology isn’t the problem, and enforcing strict rules around tech usage isn’t the solution. Rather, it’s the root causes to children’s distractions that need to be addressed. Kids have psychological needs. - The Washington Post. Want to Raise Mentally Strong, Successful Children? Child Psychiatry Experts Say Teach Them These 4 Traits. The pursuit of giving your kids the best chance to succeed covers many facets.

Want to Raise Mentally Strong, Successful Children? Child Psychiatry Experts Say Teach Them These 4 Traits

This includes helping them become well-adjusted or helping them build their career skills or any number of other avenues. Few are as important, though, as helping your child be as mentally strong as possible; i.e. moving them away in a disciplined fashion from unhelpful emotional states and expanding their capacity for more positivity-centered behaviors. A mother's warning: If you have white teen sons, listen up ... "They've studied the way that our young men interact online, and they have looked at what these boys need," she said.

A mother's warning: If you have white teen sons, listen up ...

"And they have learned how to fill those needs in order to entice them into propaganda. " That's what she found when she asked her own teenager if they could go through some of his social media together. "He was scrolling quickly, really quickly," she said. "It was so fast, and he slowed down, and I saw an image of Hitler and I stopped him, and I said, 'Wait, is that Hitler? '" The Complete Guide to Using External Storage on iOS and iPadOS.

Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons. In August, a young white man who admitted to targeting Mexicans killed 22 people in an El Paso Walmart.

Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons.

In New Zealand, 51 people were killed when a gunman attacked mosques filled with worshipers observing Friday prayers. In the past year, a total of 12 worshipers were killed in the U.S. in two hate-motivated attacks on synagogues in Pittsburgh and San Diego. In each of these cases, the killers were white men with a history of extremism. The San Diego gunman, for instance, left a manifesto on 8chan also claiming responsibility for a mosque fire.

Teens are anxious and depressed after three hours a day on social media. A study published today in the journal JAMA Psychiatry suggests that teenagers who spend more than three hours a day on social media are more likely to develop mental health problems including depression, anxiety, aggression, and antisocial behavior.

Teens are anxious and depressed after three hours a day on social media

The study: Nearly 6,600 12- to 15-year-old Americans self-reported how much time they spent per day on social media, as well as whether they had any mental health problems. The researchers found that three hours of social media correlated with higher rates of mental health issues, even after adjusting for a history of such problems. How teens absorb social media: The effects of social-media consumption on teens manifest in two main ways, according to the study’s authors: internally (depression and anxiety, for example) and externally (aggressive behavior or antisocial behavior). The latter were essentially nonexistent among teens who reported that they didn’t use social media. HuffPost is now a part of Oath. - The Washington Post. Science Says the Most Successful Kids Have Parents Who Do These 4 Things.

What You Can Do If Your Child Is Addicted to Screens. Screen addiction can leave kids struggling, but there are ways to help them get past it.

What You Can Do If Your Child Is Addicted to Screens

Here's more proof that social media is hurting young people's mental health. What does it mean to be a good father to your son? Hint: It's a lot more than playing ball. What does it mean to be a “good father?” While playing catch as a form of father-son bonding can be a good thing, it is necessary to challenge our idealized concepts of fatherhood gleaned from popular culture and Hallmark-style greeting cards. These notions of fatherhood are highly influential within western society, particularly around Father’s Day, an especially good time to visit father-son relationships. Boys commonly struggle to develop empathy and emotional intelligence. These skills are often absent due to a lack of guidance from male role models. The 1 Thing Successful Parents Don't Make Their Kids Do, According to Science. Before Tiger Woods was two years old, his father Earl started teaching him to play golf. By the age of three he was on television; by the age of five he appeared in Golf Digest.

He went on to become the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur Champion, the youngest to win The Masters... and, well, you know the rest. A mental health check-in: 14 questions to ask your child. May 20, 2019, 12:21 PM UTC By Nicole Spector If your child is exhibiting any warning signs (that are not medical emergencies; if they are, get them to the ER), or if you just want more in-depth mental health check-ins, consider these questions to ask, courtesy of Dr. Eli Lebowitz, Ph.D., director of the Program for Anxiety Disorders at the Yale Child Study Center. For concerns over possible anxiety ask them: I raised 2 successful CEOs and a doctor—here are my parenting secrets. The 3 Biggest Relationship Challenges For Highly Sensitive People. Highly sensitive people, also known as empaths or "HSPs," experience life like the volume is turned up more than the average person. These tuned-in individuals can feel overwhelmed, overstimulated, and overextended from this heightened experience of life without skillful engagement.

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