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Five Tips to Increase Attention Spans in Young Adults

13shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn When I recently asked a teacher if her students read very much, she asked if I could explain what I meant.  Hmmm. I felt like it was a fairly straightforward question. So, I proceeded to repeat my words. She later explained the reason she asked her question is that…

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Does What We Watch Really Affect Us?

10shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I got flack from a college student when I released the first Habitudes book that included an image called, “Personal Laptop.” This principle teaches that our minds operate much like a personal laptop computer: they go with us everywhere we go and record the content we put in them.…

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How to Develop Positive Self-Esteem in Teens

4shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Self-esteem for kids has been a hot topic for fifty years. In the late 1960s, books were written for educators and parents about the need to affirm young people; for teens to “find themselves,” believe in themselves and express themselves. It was an epiphany for Builder generation parents who…

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The Negative Impact of Social Media on a Teen’s Self-Esteem

18shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn While social media platforms have had a positive effect on some kids’ self-esteem, (including those who become YouTube famous), it has had a negative effect on the majority of them. Sooner or later, each young person observes posts that: Make them feel worse about themselves. (Cyber-bullying) Cause them to…

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What Emotion-Reading Technology Means for Us

10shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn You may not believe this—but word just got out that Amazon.com Inc. is working on a smart device that can read human emotions. That’s right. This is not science fiction. In fact, the technology may be able to discern your emotional or personal needs before you do. An example…

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How to Solve the Problem of Student Online Relationships

9shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn When I first studied the data on Generation Z and their habits, I was surprised to see that teen sex has decreased over the last ten years. In fact, fewer teens are engaging in sexual activity than teens in my generation back in the 1970s. When I paused to…

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This Breaking News Can Mean Only One Thing: The New Era of Video Games is Here

24shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Today’s blog is from Andrew McPeak. Andrew is a next gen researcher, speaker, and author for Growing Leaders.  Imagine with me an America that is slightly different than the one we know today. In every neighborhood of major cities across America, you find small internet cafes that offer top of the line…

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The Rise of Teen Burner Phones and What to Do About Them

22shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Mike and Kelly have three teenagers: Audrey, Kaley and Ben. They are a normal, American family in many ways—including arguments over cell phones. Every night, there’s some debate over inappropriate use of a portable device. In fact, one of the biggest conflicts surrounds the fact that Mike and Kelly…

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Quality Time or Quantity Time with Your Kids?

17shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Earlier this month, the ABC network aired a special called “ScreenTime” hosted by Diane Sawyer. For six months, Sawyer and her team toured the U.S. talking to doctors, families, teachers and tech insiders in pursuit of answers to questions about how our smart phones are affecting us.  What they…

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What We Can Learn About Leading Students from Instagram

13shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Angela is in the sixth grade. Her parents have chosen to not purchase a smart phone for her yet, because they see the anxiety social media platforms cause Angela’s peers. When my teammate Andrew McPeak asked her if she wishes she had a phone, her response was insightful.  She…

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