Tips to help teens manage stress

Tips to help teens manage stress

Last week, Dr. Lucy Vezzuto, Coordinator of the K-12 Student Mental Health and Social and Emotional Learning program at the Orange County Department of Education, addressed over 200 parents at the Rocklin Community Center about the stress youth experience and what...
Things parents do that make their children feel insecure: Is your home a safe place?

Things parents do that make their children feel insecure: Is your home a safe place?

I attend training and community events to stay current on the scientific and clinical discoveries that help us to respond well to the stresses of cyber-connectivity and the mental and emotional impact social media has on youth and family relationships. Last Thursday I...
Checking the extreme influence of social media on your teen

Checking the extreme influence of social media on your teen

Executive summary On September 22, 2017, Core Connectivity organized a symposium on countering violent extremism among youth held at the Sacramento City Police Community Center in South Sacramento. Below are some the insights I gleaned from the event: Violent...
Building youth resilience to violent extremism in the social network

Building youth resilience to violent extremism in the social network

In the beginning of the year, a private contractor with the Department of Homeland Security reached out to me to collaborate on grassroots efforts to counter the radicalization of youth into violent ideologies by gangs, neo-Nazis, terrorists, and other groups...
Helping youth respond to the ‘triple-dog-dares’ of social media

Helping youth respond to the ‘triple-dog-dares’ of social media

Peer pressure, dares and challenges are nothing new. Think about Ralphie’s younger eight-year-old brother in the movie, A Christmas Story, who found himself stuck to a frozen pole in the school yard after accepting and acting on a  “triple-dog-dare” to lick it. The...