With so many social platforms popping up each year, it’s tough for parents to keep track of what’s what. So it’s no wonder TikTok has many of us scratching our heads over what this latest trend in social media is all about. The social network for watching, making and sharing user-generated short videos — often […]
Advancements in technology change the way we deliver and use everything – from health care to education. While it can improve efficiencies, the 24/7 access a digital world provides can also have negative effect on a person’s mental and emotional well being, especially for kids. While it’s difficult for parents to stay up-to-date with changing […]
More disturbing news arrived recently about the toxic effect of social media on adolescent mental health. Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State, wrote in The Atlantic that her research, subject of a forthcoming book, finds teens are going out less, dating less and increasingly feel lonely and depressed. Entitled Have Smartphones Destroyed […]
On a recent afternoon in her office, Dr. Jessica Castonguay went on Twitter to demonstrate the ubiquity of social media hashtags that serve as code language for risky or harmful behaviors. She searched under the hashtag #ana, which is used to signify anorexia. In a matter of seconds, she came across a skeletal-looking young woman […]
You’ve hired a new babysitter and discussed your safety expectations with her. You posted the list of emergency phone numbers on the fridge, instructed her on your kids’ bedtimes schedules and told her what to do if your allergic child consumes peanuts. You’re all set, right? Wrong. In this digital age, parents also need […]
Save the date for #GivingTuesday on Dec. 3. You can donate online, volunteer your time, sign up to be a Change Bandit for the Akron or Mahoning Valley radiothons, or share a blog post. See how some of our kids give back to the hospital. How will you give back this giving season?