This weeks articles focus on the changing attitudes of teens and parents around social media. Our common perception that social media use is all bad has been contradicted by the latest study done by Common Sense Media. The realities of tech are always changing and it’s becoming apparent that as families we need to adapt in order to best protect and prepare our children. Please enjoy our favourite articles of the week, as they may change your view on social media interactions.

This Weeks Top Reads

How do we Teach Children not to Talk to Strangers When Social Media is a Part of Their Lives?

via The Huffington Post

TL;DR Takeaway

When conversations on Twitter and Facebook are happening on a daily, are we still able to teach our children ‘not to talk to strangers’? People comment on posts of people they’ve never met in real life either liking their outfit, or boasting about the post itself. We typically take it as a compliment, but what if that same interaction were to happen in real life on a constant basis? It may grow concerning after a while. It may be time to adjust our life lessons to reflect the environment our young children are in.

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New Report: Most teens say social media makes them feel better, not worse, about themselves

via The Washington Post

TL;DR Takeaway

A recent survey by Common Sense Media revealed that social media is having a positive effect on teens lives, helping them feel better, more confident, less lonely and depressed. The results from this study are contradictory to the common perception adults have about social media and teens. With a growing number of teens owning their own smartphone, teen suicide, addiction, and cyberbullying have been attributed to social media. This report however would argue that it may be a potential contributor, but not the cause.

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How to Help Teen Girls Use Social Media With Intention

via The Huffington Post

TL;DR Takeaway

Teen girls are using their social media to connect with others, feel included, and relieve stress. Social media can offer them a sense of security, support and comfort in a challenging time in their lives. Social media however can also come with its own set of triggers and stressors. To encourage girls to be intentional online, we need to remind them to check in with themselves and decide for themselves how they will best use social media and how long they wish to spend on it.  

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Friday's Feel Good Story

The Summer Camp That’s Helping Heal Those Whose Lives Have Been Touched By Terror

via A Plus

TL;DR Takeaway

Tuesday’s Children is an organization focused on helping families that have been impacted by terrorism or trauma, and offers programs in mentorship, leadership, college and career guidance. The foundation began after September 11’s terror attack and has since expanded its assistance to communities recovering from tragedies like Sandy Hook and Las Vegas shooting. The organization’s goal is to create a community of global healing to help people who have experienced trauma.

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Tip of the Week

How to Keep Cyberbullies Out of Your Life

via Inc.

Cyberbullying can happen to anyone, here are a few tips and questions to ask about how to best protect yourself and respond to the cyberbullies.

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