Dr. Lisa Fontes, author of Invisible Chains, discusses Coercive Control which is form of dating violence that is often hard to see from the outside. Coercive Control occurs when a partner uses threats, isolation, manipulation and verbal abuse to maintain power and control over a partner. Read More
Communicating openly, setting up social media boundaries and helping build our daughters' self esteem can help prevent their becoming a "mean girl." Read More
Cyberbullying and humiliation can be life destroying for teens who don't know how to get out of a devastating cyber-situation. An adult survivor of such destruction has written a book "Shame Nation" for parents and teens which will shed light and open a dialogue on the topic.
Adults who went undercover at a high school found 7 things people don’t realize about life for teenagers today
When 7 adults go undercover posing as high school students, they discover the magnitude of how disruptive and disturbing the effects are of a 24/7 social media world. From not being able to focus in class and depression to sexting and cyberbullying, connecting has never been so isolating.
Sexual harassment is so commonplace in the schools of our youth, the #MeTooK12 movement is gaining momentum. Many young girls do not report their assaults to authorities or even their parents. Having been a victim of sexual harassment as a young student, adult author Nancy Jo Sales relays advice on what information she would give [...]
Social media can have serious negative mental health impacts. Rather than give it up completely, know the risks and how use social media in a balanced, mindful way. Vicarious traumatization is real and can have serious effects including PTSD.
Jordan's Law (CA AB 1542) will increase penalties for all those involved in social media motivated assaults. Talk with your teens about what assault is and how to avoid becoming criminally liable, even if they thought they were just filming a friend making a joke.
In a world where teens are boycotting school to raise awareness of pervasive, sometimes instituionalized, sexual harrassment on campus, 76% of students report never having had a conversation with parents or guardians about sexual harrassment. Consider this guideline and start the dialogue now in your own family.