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Body Image and Instagram – Infographic

Instagram Body Image Issues in TeensWhile media has come a long way in its portrayal of body image, we are still far from fully embracing images that represent every ‘body.’ Teens and younger tweens are faced with images daily that impact the way they view their own bodies…and contribute to what they perceive as the ideal for beauty.

In the 90s, Kate Moss’ thin aesthetic gave way to the waif ideal. However, the grunge movement and the Riot Grrrl musicians in that same decade helped teens and younger women see other ideas of what it meant to be female.

Today’s teens, however, are faced with curated and contrived images of beauty. Thanks to Instagram filters and the wonders of photoshop, bodies can be tweaked, faces can be glossed over and a look can be flawlessly transformed. Reality, it seems, is virtually blurred.  Continue Reading →

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7 Do’s and Don’ts of Homeschooling – Guest Post

7 Do's and Don'ts of HomeschoolingHomeschooling is an important option that many families decide on as they search for the best ways to educate their children. There are many rewards associated with homeschooling and for parents who are beginning this journey, know that playing such an important role in your child’s learning is an admirable commitment. Here are some helpful do’s and don’ts for first-time homeschoolers. Continue Reading →

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Does Your Kid Suffer From Smartphone Addiction? – Guest Post

Does Your Kid Suffer From Smartphone Addiction?With today’s youth growing up with easy access to smartphones, the instant accessibility of messaging, social media, games and other distractions is always one finger click away. Popularity is now measured in likes, comments and friend requests, and the ding from a new text or an alert from social media creates instant gratification for peer approval and acceptance.

Yet, it’s the tantalizing lure of connectivity—the online social world, the updates, the apps and the powerful feelings of happiness associated with the device—that lulls teens into an almost dependence or addiction. Social media and virtual communication can make and break reputations. Both good and bad images can go viral, and the attention a teen receives from the wired social world also can inflate or implode their self-esteem. The phone that once served as a means of communication has evolved into a digitized nightmare. Continue Reading →

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Smart Homes, Smart Toys How Kids Use Technology at Home – Infographic

Smart Homes Smart Toys How Kids Use Technology

Smart Homes Smart Toys

If you’ve made the decision to homeschool your children, remember that technology can be your ally. Children living in this digital age are already used to interacting with technology every day, so integrating it into the learning curriculum can facilitate the learning process.

Even so, there are important reasons why you need to be mindful of the extent to which your children use technology. Consider some examples from tech titans present and past. Bill Gates did not permit his kids to have their own smartphones until they reached 13 years old, and Steve Jobs never allowed his young kids to use iPads. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider technology for younger children — but you should be more vigilant with younger kids.

There are indeed some interesting ways that you can use smart home technology and smart toy technology to make homeschooling a more interactive experience for you and yours. What follows is a look at specific smart home technology and smart toy technology to consider. Continue Reading →

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Cyber Security 101: Tips On Teaching Your Children About Being Safe Online While Homeschooling [Guest Post]

Cyber Security 101: Tips On Teaching Your Children About Being Safe Online While Studying
Nowadays, schools and teachers require students to do homework online. Additionally, the internet has become the primary method for children to study for projects, tests, and assignments. Unfortunately, that does not mean that it is a completely safe way for children to learn. In fact, the Internet poses many potential problems for a child’s safety when studying online. Continue Reading →

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