Social Media & Video Games

Teens and Screen Time

https://youtu.be/JIBFgmZV8uk To a teenager there is nothing on earth that is more fun than a video game. Learning guitar, playing basketball, going to grandma’s house for dinner… nothing will match the thrill of video games. Parents need to remember that impulse control, emotional regulation, the ability to see cause and effect are all still developing …

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“Mom, I want to be a professional gamer…”

https://youtu.be/Za1ZS4iswAQ Baseball player? Violinist? Nope, your teen wants to be a professional gamer. No matter what your kid’s dreams are, they need balance and a good connection with you. That way they can remain strong and stable for whatever comes at them. Your kid’s career might not last, but your relationship with them will, so …

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“I heard my son saying inappropriate things while playing a video game. He says it’s just part of gaming culture—I’m not so sure.”

Video games can be a source of stress relief, bonding time, and just good-natured fun! But sometimes there are aspects of gaming culture that don’t mesh well with parents’ household rules. This week’s Tips OTeens question comes from a parent unsure how to respond to their teen’s gaming: “Yesterday I overheard my son yelling some …

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“How do we set boundaries on screen time when school has switched to online learning?”

Now that most schools have closed and moved classes online, parents and kids alike are experiencing new challenges as they adjust to learning digitally. This week’s Tips On Teens question is from a family wondering how to uphold their limited screen time rule for their daughters, while still giving them enough space to complete their …

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“My son is getting sexts from girls…will he get in trouble?”

https://youtu.be/CKq_iWaLrHA According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, 1 in 7 teenagers reported having sent sexts. We want our kids to be safe and smart about what they share on their phones. But what do you do when someone else sends your teen an inappropriate text? This week’s #TipsOnTeens question tackles teen sexting: “Our …

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