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  • Screentime Management Apps

    Posted by Counseling Dept on 1/11/2019
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  • The Real Cost of Vaping

    Posted by Counseling Dept on 1/7/2019

    Check out the alarming statistics regarding vaping among high school students.

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  • Healthy Social Media Use

    Posted by Counseling Dept on 5/9/2018

    Steps you can take to insure healthy social media use:

    • Focus on balance: Make sure your kids are also engaging in social interaction offline, and have time for activities that help build identity and self-confidence.
    • Turn off notifications: App developers are getting more and more aggressive with notifications to lure users to interrupt whatever they’re doing to engage constantly with their phones. Don’t let them.
    • Look out for girls at higher risk of depression: Monitor girls who are going through a particularly tough time or are under unusual stress. Negative effects of social media can have more impact when confidence is down.
    • Teach mindful use of social mediaEncourage teenagers to be honest with themselves about how time spent on social media makes them feel, and disengage from interactions that increase stress or unhappiness.
    • Model restraint and balance in your own media diet: Set an example by disengaging from media to spend quality family time together, including phone-free dinners and other activities. Kids may resist, but they’ll feel the benefits.
    • Phone-free time before sleep: Enforce a policy of no smartphones in the bedroom after a specific time and overnight. Use an old-fashioned alarm clock to wake up.
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  • Parent Guide to Technology

    Posted by Counseling Dept on 1/26/2018

    Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Oovoo. Snapchat. Tumblr. 

    It seems that each day we learn of a new app or website students are using to connect with each other. While many of these apps begin as innocent tools for sharing fun moments with friends, the content on these apps can quickly escalate into risky behavior.  Focus on the Family has released their 2018 Parent Guide to Technology and we wanted to share it with you.  We pray you find it beneficial as it provides guidance and resources on how to help your child understand and learn responsible online behavior.



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  • Devotion in Response to the Las Vegas Massacre

    Posted by Counseling Dept on 10/3/2017

    Found this devotional from pastor Greg Laurie to be helpful in responding to the Las Vegas Massacre. 


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  • Tips for Communicating with Your Teen

    Posted by Counseling Dept on 9/26/2017

    Check out this article by Rachel Ehmke on how to keep your parent-child relationship strong during this tricky age...

    Tips for Communicating wit your Teen

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Last Modified on January 11, 2019