When words become weapons: Suicide prevention and kids’ online behavior

By  Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP   On July 12, 2014, 17-year-old Michelle Carter repeatedly encouraged her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to kill himself.   He was in his truck in a K-Mart parking lot, pumping the cab full of carbon monoxide gas. When he stepped out of the truck, she ordered him by [...]

Internet health information can reduce parents’ trust in doctors’ diagnoses

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics   Research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting suggests online health information can influence whether parents trust a diagnosis made by their child's doctor, potentially leading to delayed treatment.   The study abstract, "Paging Dr. Google: The Effects of Online Health Information on Parental Trust in Pediatrician' Medical [...]

Divorcing and Social Media – The Urge to Overshare

By Cindy Romer, Yellowbrick Accredited Divorce Coach   There is hurt when dissolving a marriage. A break up used to be a personal matter but in a world where we check Facebook more times than the mirror, we all know each other’s business. While we are navigating a divorce, it can be the most unhappy, lonely [...]

Internet Safety Tips for Protecting Teens Privacy

Keeping up with a teenager online is not easy. While 70% of parents with children from age 6-9, think they know a lot or most of what their children do when using technology or going online, this drops to 34% for parents of teens according to FOSI research. When CommonSense Media asked teens, less than a [...]

Should parents post pictures of kids online?

In an age where everything is online and therefore searchable and find-able forever, it is extremely important to consider whether parents should post pictures of their kids online. It is equally important to educate our children (as they get older) about keeping their own online presence in check. A simple scan of Facebook or of [...]

Bullying – How to not be bullied online or in person.

Bullying - How to not be bullied online or in person. By Lou Scotti   Why are some children and adults more susceptible to bulling? How can we develop a protective shield against bullying?   No matter what form abuse or bullying takes it creates pain. Depending on our Emotional Memory of early childhood and [...]

Parents with bipolar benefit from self-help tool

Parents with bipolar benefit from self-help tool Source: Lancaster University     Online self-management support for parents with Bipolar Disorder leads to improvements in parenting and child behaviour.   That is the finding of researchers from the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University, who recruited 97 parents with Bipolar Disorder who have children [...]

Can parents’ tech obsessions contribute to a child’s bad behavior?

Can parents' tech obsessions contribute to a child's bad behavior? Source: Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan   Fatigue. Hunger. Boredom. Those are often on the list of reasons parents mention if their child whines, has tantrums or acts out.   Researchers are now asking if such negative behaviors could be related to something else: parents [...]

E-tool provides wake-up call for parents of children with excess weight

E-tool provides wake-up call for parents of children with excess weight By University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry   Sometimes we see only the best in our kids -- even when a potential health risk is physically apparent.   An innovative new e-tool, developed by University of Alberta researchers, not only lifts the blinders [...]