Things to consider about connection & your child’s mental health

Things to consider about connection & your child’s mental health

Welcome to 2020. The dawn of a new decade full of promise and challenges in this age of cyber-powered information. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the trends impacting youth and families today. A recent headline in the New York Times features youth suicide on the...
Responding to the stress of social media ‘likes’ during the holidays and beyond

Responding to the stress of social media ‘likes’ during the holidays and beyond

A recent feature on Jersey 105.5 reminds parents that youth today experience stress with social media influences that can inspire great anxiety – especially around the holidays. There is more time to hang out on-line and young folks feel a pressure to take pictures to...
Crucial conversations about the hidden agenda behind vaping and other things trending in your child’s life

Crucial conversations about the hidden agenda behind vaping and other things trending in your child’s life

Executive summary The commercial interests hired experts to craft social media campaigns to engage minor-aged youth in vaping. The response to these commercial efforts using e-cigarette technology to get youth as nicotine consumers includes 1) a Surgeon General...
Nutrition tips to help youth deal with the emotional impact of social media

Nutrition tips to help youth deal with the emotional impact of social media

Device addiction is a thing Commercial interests have used brain science associated with addiction to develop apps and devices that tap the same short-term reward system of the brain like a drug. In this way, the underlying biochemical dynamic with addiction is a...
Who has more anxiety? You or your tech-savvy child?

Who has more anxiety? You or your tech-savvy child?

As you may know, I am an ancient cyber mom trained in behavioral science at U.C. Berkeley. My sons are grown, 35 and 29 years old. I left a career in technology (circa 2004) when my youngest hit middle school and devices landed in the hands of youth. I wanted to...