Measuring Friendship on Snapchat

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Looking down at her phone, the teenage girl clicked on her Snapchat app to catch up with her friends. Each of her friends was listed in the chat window along with a flame icon and number beside many of them. The girl methodically went down the list and made sure she sent a message to each of her friends. The girl was starting to have…

Social Media Habits of Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A typical weekday night for families with teenagers usually includes the teen texting friends and going onto various social networking sites like Facebook to connect with friends. These two activities can consume hours and yet many parents and grandparents are not sure if this behavior is typical or if it is something they need to be concerned about. One resource that can be utilized by…

Power of Anonymity for Teens Online

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I lied to my friend when she asked if I was interested in her boyfriend. In fact, her boyfriend and I have already been out on two dates!” wrote an anonymous teen online. Anonymous confessions and other communication are becoming increasingly common as teenagers are flocking to a range of websites and apps that allow for teens to communicate anonymously with each other. The trend…

Open Communication Helps Internet Safety

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Presents have been opened with wrapping paper cast aside in heaps on the floor. Many of the most desired presents kids and teens received this holiday season were gaming systems, iPods, and smart phones. They will quickly become ensconced behind their new screens and devote much of their holiday break in trying to master the subtleties of their new gaming systems or downloading new apps…

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