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This Is the Most Shocking Form of Cyberbullying Currently Affecting Teenagers

When discussing how to stay safe online with your digitally savvy kids, there are many topics that come up — protecting their identity on the internet, the ground rules of having their own social media accounts, the dangers of talking to strangers, how not to compare themselves with their peers. …

Mental Health

What teens wish their parents knew about social media

When teens were asked, recently, if they believe their parents know “a little” or “nothing” about what they do or say online, or even what social-media apps and sites they use, more than a quarter of them agreed.<p>After visiting schools around the country, it seems to me they’re likely giving their …

Social Media

Alas, You Do Have to Talk to Your Teen About Sex

Parents don’t much like to think of their children as sexual beings and kids are openly repulsed at thinking about their parents that way. So parents …

North Carolina State University

Helping Strangers May Help Teens' Self-Esteem

At the start of the new year, parents may encourage their teens to detox from social media, increase exercise, or begin a volunteer project. While kids may bristle at the thought of posting fewer selfies, surveys indicate 55 percent of adolescents enjoy volunteering. And according to a recent …

Psychology

iPhones vs. Parents: The Tug of War Over America's Children

BOSTON—Gabriel Krause-Grosman, 12 years old, spent family dinners for the greater part of a year on a smartphone offensive. He hounded. He pleaded. …

Different Types Of Meditation Change Different Areas Of The Brain, Study Finds

There’s been a lot of discussion about what kinds of mental activities are actually capable of changing the brain. Some promises of bolstered IQ and enhanced brain function via specially-designed “brain games” have fizzled out. Meanwhile, meditation and mindfulness training have accumulated some …

Mindfulness

Mindfulness matters: 4 ways to be more present in your life - TODAY.com

You may be hearing the word “mindfulness” a lot lately and wondering what it's about. Mindfulness simply means being grounded and present in your day-to-day. Instead of worrying about what’s going to happen or what’s already happened, you’re rooted in what’s actually happening.<p>Most people think …

Mindfulness

Researchers Have Discovered a Previously Unknown Role For The Brain's Hippocampus

Whoa!<p>That sea-horse shaped chunk of grey matter deep inside our skull called the hippocampus has a job on its resume we've never seen before – …

Neuroscience

Technology is destroying the most important asset in your life

<i>“Money isn’t the most important thing in the world. Your time is.”</i><p>Parents, teachers, and mentors all around the world have spoken these words to us, in one form of another, throughout our lives. It makes sense, too.<p>Most of us come to realize at some point that money is a means, not an end. It …

Emotional support from parents predicts physiological and psychological responses to stress

Parental responses to offspring’s emotion in childhood influences their ability to deal with stressful situations as young adults, according to a …

Neuroimaging study uncovers brain abnormalities linked to suicide attempts

Neuroscience research published in <i>The American Journal of Psychiatry</i> has found some brain abnormalities that are associated with suicide attempts in …

The Brain

Why Meditation Is An Important Component Of Self-Care

In today's busy, ever-demanding world, we find ourselves constantly running around, unable to slow down and take care of ourselves. Our incessant busyness can make us run near empty. When we're so caught up in giving to others, fulfilling obligations, and getting things done, we forget to reflect …

Meditation

How to get your teenager to put down their phone and focus on the real world

Child psychologist Ian Williamson explains how<p>As a practicing child and adolescent analyst most of my working life has been spent sitting in a …

Mental Health

How to Teach Your Four-Year-Old Responsibility

Everything Must GO!<p>George's room is a mess! Your child can practice sorting skills while helping George clean his room.

How Distracted Parenting Is Negatively Affecting Your Child

Ahh, the playground. It’s a magical little wonderland for your kiddo. But for some parents, it’s a place to text friends, catch up on work emails, and read all the latest celeb gossip. With the world at our fingertips, it’s easy to see how smartphones, laptops, and tablets have turned would-be …

Parenting

Mindfulness meditation may work differently for men and women | Reuters

(Reuters Health) - In a college course that included meditation training, women were more likely than men to report that the practice improved their mood, a small study found.<p>Meditation is an increasingly popular form of mental training on college campuses and off. Research suggests it may reduce …

Mindfulness

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment: Can We Make It More Accessible?

<b>By</b> Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD<p>In just the past few decades, a number of highly specialized psychotherapies entered the clinical scene as effective evidence-based therapies for borderline personality disorder (BPD). The proliferation of these intensive therapies—dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), …

Mental Health
Depression

The Surprising Ways We Can Bolster Our Kids' Mental Health

What parents can do to boost children's mental health.<p>Our children can feel overwhelmed by the pressure to perform, excel, keep up, whether that’s …

Parenting

Tablets and smartphones damage toddlers' speech development

Putting babies in front of iPads before the age of two stunts speech development, a new study suggests.<p>In Britain children under the age of three spend an average of 44 minutes a day using smartphones and tablets but it is the first time researchers have shown it can impact language …

What Went Wrong With 13 Reasons Why?

The Netflix show is a huge hit. It’s also being denounced by educators and experts for the ways in which it tackles suicide.<p>By Netflix’s metric of success, <i>13 Reasons Why</i> is a huge hit. The 13-episode drama, structured around the narrative of a girl explaining posthumously why she killed herself, is …

Mental Health

Mindfulness Meditation May Help Reduce Mind-Wandering In People With Anxiety

Several years ago a now famous Harvard study found that people’s minds wander about 50% of the time—that is, if you stop a person randomly (this particular study used an iPhone app to do it) and ask them what they’re thinking about, half the time it has nothing to do with what they’re actually …

Mindfulness

Do Mindful People Have a Stronger Sense of Self?

We all experience moments of self-doubt. Maybe we’re faced with a choice that leaves us confused about what we want; a conversation where we feel …

Mindfulness

Mindfulness Research Indicates Substantial Benefits For Adolescents and Healthcare Providers

The increasing body of research on the use of mindfulness with children and adolescents is extremely compelling. In direct contrast to the growing …

Mindfulness

Complaining at Work May Feel Good, But It’s Also Making You Miserable

Sometimes, one of the best parts of the workday can be a direct result of the worst part. Let’s say your boss freaks out over a minor mistake you …

1 Simple Way to Help Kids Perform Better at School (It Works for Adults, Too) | Inc.com

We're in the middle of a movement movement. Moving more helps make you more productive, sharpens your cognitive skills and improves your focus.<p>For example, a recent study found walking around for just five minutes every hour can help you be more productive at work. Other research has found that …

Kids

Evaluating the Good & Evil of Cell Phones for Children, Teens & Adults

Louise Stanger is a speaker, educator, licensed clinician, social worker, certified daring way facilitator and interventionist who uses an invitational intervention approach to work with complicated mental health, substance abuse, chronic pain and process addiction clients.<p>The evolution of …

A mindfulness expert reveals 7 essential attitudinal qualities for a peaceful and productive life

What’s the secret to feeling calm and focused?<p>It’s not an easy question to answer.<p>So, why do Buddhist monks appear peaceful and present all the …

Kids & Sexting: Everything You Need to Know

Sorry, <i>mamis</i>, but a new study shows that a large number of teenage girls and boys are sexting on their iPhones. More than 80 percent of these teens are under the age of 18, 11 percent admit they’ve sent suggestive pictures to strangers and 12 percent of girls feel pressured to sext. Even more …