This week we want to restore your faith in the power of social media just a little bit by sharing some amazing stories of people doing positive things to inspire one another. With social media being an essential communication tool, it’s important for us to remain mindful and to still present our authentic self. Also included are some ways for you to begin building a healthier relationship with your smartphone and a few hints for talking to your child about online safety. As always there are our TL;DR takeaways paired with a tip of the week and a feel good story to help start your weekend off right!

This Weeks Top Reads

This Founder’s Nonprofit is Facing the Tough Questions About Social Media and Mental Health

via Forbes

TL;DR Takeaway

Larissa May, a University student at Vanderbilt, started the initiative called #HalftheStory which encourages authentic storytelling on social media platforms. The movement is using the positive power of social media to share honest and authentic stories of people living real lives.

May’s next mission for her nonprofit is to provide educational resources in schools about social media and mental health. She has created offline workshops that are intended to educate students about the power of storytelling, how to transcend mental health stigmas, and ways to create boundaries around social media platforms.

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How to help protect your kids from online luring

via Business Insider

TL;DR Takeaway

Children are getting tablets and smartphones as young as 5 years old, and apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and other apps are becoming an essential tool for communicating with each other. A fear for parents is the potential for online predators who may trick children into leaving the safety of their homes and schools. Parents should utilize the technology available to protect and monitor their child, as well as talk to their child about online safety. With every child being unique and different, the best strategy for parents is to talk to their child about being safe online.

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How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

via Real Simple

TL;DR Takeaway

Like many people, you may just about had it with your phone interfering with your well-being. Smartphone addiction may be more of an anxiety-based disorder, rather than just an addiction. Phone checking may be a way of removing anxiety. An essential step in creating healthier relationships with our devices is learning to become comfortable with boredom, social anxiety, loneliness, and other unpleasant feelings.

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Friday's Feel Good Story

Down syndrome didn’t stop this girl from rocking her first softball game

via Upworthy

TL;DR Takeaway

9 year old Sophina Lindquist won over the hearts of the University of Nebraska Kearney softball team, and the feeling was mutual.  The softball team through a kind donation from Red Robin, flew Sophina and her family to a game in Nebraska where she got to throw the first pitch of the game. Sophina’s disability isn’t holding her back. She goes after her dreams at full speed.

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Tip of the Week

Want Better Sleep, Clearer Thoughts, Less Stress? Try a Digital Detox

via WPTV

We are connected, in every moment of our life. Day. Night. Weekend. Vacation. Holidays. Even when someone is not actively checking their device, the awareness that their smartphone is turned on and close by leads to distracted interaction. Maybe it’s time for a “digital detox”, and if that’s the case, be ready for some of the amazing side effects that come along.

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