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…

Social Media Use and Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Do you wonder if our kids spend way too much time on their smartphones? It just seems like they are on it all the time and they never seem to talk to anyone. They just sit there, staring at the screen. I wonder if it’s our kids or if that is just the way things are right now,” said the mother to her husband. Her…

Have Kids Create Strong Passwords

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Mom! My Instagram account just got hacked. Whoever took it over is sending all of these nasty photos to all of my friends. How could this have happened?” cried the girl. The mother came over to her daughter and asked, “Well, let’s just see if we can’t get into your account and change the password to stop any further damage from occurring. What is your…

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