Social Media Advice for Parents of Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The 13 year old was glued to her smartphone as her fingers rapidly tapped out a message to her followers. She could then be seen scrolling through a variety of pictures and occasionally stopping to click a “Like” button. Her parents knew that their daughter could be on her phone for several hours doing this if they let her. They were getting concerned about her…

Developing a Sense of Privacy

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Please mom! All of the other girls in my grade already have an account. I am missing out on everything,” pleaded the girl. The mother was torn on whether to let her 12 year old daughter have an Instagram account. She knew that most of her daughter’s classmates were on Instagram and that is where they tended to hang out and socialize. It was so…

Creating the Family Christmas Letter

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As the Christmas and holiday season is underway, people start receiving cards from friends and family wishing them well. These letters often include photos of the family and maybe a brief note giving an update on what has been happening over the past year. Unfortunately the tradition of sending cards to friends and family has been fading in recent years. The advent of social media…