IRL: An Anti-Social Media, Social Media App for Teens

What if there was a social media app that encourages kids to connect somewhere offline? What if an app intentionally told its users to go do something engaging which didn’t include continuing to stare at a screen? What if social media didn’t include advertisements, manipulative marketing, addictive design, and purposeless news feeds? Introducing IRL (In…

The New Vaping Problem For Teens: Parents Need To Know About Juul

At first, they were in the shape of cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes looked like cigarettes, smoked like cigarettes, but were not cigarettes. Suddenly, there was a boom of “vapes”. Today, vape shops seem to occupy at least one storefront of every strip mall. Much less inconspicuous, vapes can be big, boxy, handheld devices with a vintage…

Where Logan Paul Went Wrong in his Return to YouTube

Logan Paul has been a popular subject of conversation, controversy, and debate since he released his now infamous “suicide forest video” from Japan where he encountered a recently deceased body. For weeks Logan Paul was the center of ridicule, facing fierce backlash from people all over the world for his lack of foresight, consideration, respect,…

Your Child’s Depression Might be Hidden in Their Language

Some parents can tell when their child is struggling with their mental health. Other parents are shocked to discover that their child has been living with a mental health condition. One of the difficulties in overcoming mental health stigma is recognizing that mental health doesn’t look a certain way. There are some symptoms of various…

Teens Happier When Hanging Outside with Friends, Not on Their Phones

Parents have been complaining about their kids’ smartphone use for quite some time. Before smartphones, it was video games. Before video games, it was computer games. Before computer games, it was television. For decades, technology has been stealing kids’ attention and preventing them from spending time outdoors. Today, technology ‘addicted’ teens would rather sit in…