Cost of Online Social Networks for Tweens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Can I get a Facebook account?” asked the sixth grader to her parents. “All of my friends are on it and I feel left out because I don’t have an account,” she argued. She wrapped up by saying, “Besides, Facebook is free and you won’t have to pay anything for me to join.” By middle school, most children have joined a social network. Facebook continues…

Anxiety that Goes Beyond Normal Worries

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I don’t know if I studied enough,” commented the teenage girl, “I just never can seem to get enough time to study. I barely got in five hours to study for the test last night but that should be enough, shouldn’t it?” Her mother nods in agreement but is getting concerned about her daughter’s behavior. Her daughter is so easily distracted and always seems to…

The Bright Side About Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It seems that growing up these days is an increasingly dangerous endeavor according to media reports. A few examples of these concerns include; devastating effects of bullying in schools, drug use among teens, increasing prevalence of cyberbullying and sexting, and rising rates of depression among a lonely generation. Pay attention to the various media headlines long enough and it is easy to surmise that this…

The Emotions of Inside Out

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Hey mom! Look at me. I am a flying purple elephant,” said the five year old. His mother glanced up and shook her head in wonder at what her child would come up with next. Many parents wonder why their children’s behavior can be so unpredictable and sometimes bizarre. If only there was a way to know what is going on inside their heads. The…

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