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Five Steps to Help Students Avoid the Comparison Trap

20shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Over the last five years, I’ve heard dozens of authors and speakers talk about the “comparison trap.” I believe it’s because people are not only prone to compare themselves to each other, but social media has exacerbated the problem. The student focus groups we hosted two years ago illustrated this…

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Five Sources of Stress in Teens

30shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Chad lives with his grandparents whose income is so low they live well below the poverty line in his school district. Because the school is understaffed and has only one counselor, Chad is consistently living in distress, possessing no coping skills. Sara is bullied and sexually harassed as a middle…

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Three Ideas to Handle Conflict on Social Media

9shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Something happened on television a decade ago that changed the face of public interaction. Do you remember what it was? It was ten years ago when incivility was officially ushered in by a huge personality who had little restraint. The person was Kanye West. It was the 2009 MTV Music…

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How to Develop Positive Self-Esteem in Teens

6shares Facebook Twitter 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 often…

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

38shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn While social media platforms have had a positive effect on some kids’ and teens’ 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…

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