Video Games Role in Boys Friendships

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The teenager rushed into the house after getting home from school. He quickly nodded towards his mom before turning on his Xbox. His mom heard him muttering into a headset, “We need to form an alpha team so we can encircle them.” The teen stayed glued to the screen, playing on his Xbox for the next couple of hours. His mother is getting concerned about…

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…

Teens Can Find Ways Around Tech Monitoring

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Ok mom, I am heading over to Jenny’s for the sleepover,” said the teenager to her mother. “Alright honey, make sure to call me when you get there,” said the mother. The teenager hurried off into her friend’s car. However, they did not go to her friend’s home. They went several miles away to a party that one of their classmates was throwing. The teen’s…