Socializing and Friends

Teens and Sexting: What Parents Need to Know

By Audrey Morris

Teens and texting are two things that go together. Perhaps you have even researched or purchased an unlimited text plan to avoid overage costs on your phone bill. But do you know who your teen is texting? And, just as importantly, do you know what your teen is texting? » Read more

Which Social Media Are Most Popular with Kids and Are They Healthy?

Do you know how popular Facebook or other social networking sites are among school-age kids? Consider these surprising statistics: More than 1 billion registered users are on Facebook, with 11 percent aged 13 – 17, and 29 percent aged 18 - 29. » Read more

The Wrong Crowd: When Your Kid’s Friends Are A Bad Influence

By Nancy Da Silva

Your child will have many influences on his road to adulthood; some good, some bad. We hope, as we raise our children that we are teaching them to be decent, responsible people, but what happens when your child comes in contact with someone whose influence counters yours? » Read more

Physical Symptoms of Bullying

We all know what a bully is? And as parents we worry about our children being bullied. Bullying not only has effects on children's mental well-being, it can also cause physical symptoms. If you've noticed a change in your child's mood or behavior or suspect that he might be being bullied, the first thing you should do is talk to your child. » Read more

How to Find a Summer Camp Your Child Will Love

For kids, summer means getting a break from school. While they usually enjoy the break at first, they may soon get bored of having nothing to do. Keeping your kids active during the summer months may be a challenge, but one thing you could do to break up the summer and make it more exciting for your kids is to send them on a summer camp adventure. » Read more

Guidelines for Letting Your Teen Go to a Party

By Alicia Purdy

If you remember what it was like to be a teen, then you understand the pressure your young one is going through right now. » Read more

Alcohol Use among Teens & Preteens

By Alicia Purdy

Underage drinking is a major issue among U.S. teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over 4,300 kids under the age of 21 die every year from the effects of alcohol consumption. Underage drinkers (kids between 12 and 20 years of age) are responsible for a staggering 11 percent of all the alcohol consumed each year in the U.S. » Read more

The Zero Tolerance Policy: Does It Stop Bullying?

By Elizabeth Seward

Bullying is an age-old problem that many kids have had to face at school. With the integration of electronics and social media into the lives of most children and teens today, cyber-bullying has become yet another method used by the pushy and aggressive to taunt their peers. » Read more

Bully-Proof Your Child

By Alicia Purdy

Bullying is one of those inevitable facts of life. As much as parents try to eliminate it, schools try to govern it, and politicians try to legislate it, bullying will not ever go away. Why? Because there will always be people in the world who will use cruelty to dominate others. Kids aren't the only ones who experience bullying. » Read more

Do Electronics Prevent Your Child from Learning Real Social Skills?

When summer vacation rolls around, many kids start spending more free time playing electronic games, posting on social networks and texting (not to mention watching more TV). More than half are connecting to electronics instead of linking with friends—in person. » Read more