Ways to Prevent Smartphone Addiction

How many parents struggle with their teen’s addiction to their cell-phone (internet) and specifically social media platforms?  This is a growing concern not only in families, but with educators and therapists. Excess screen-time has been linked to causing an increase...

Why Is Your Teen A Bully?

Where Do Bullies Learn How to Be Mean? Imagine being a fly on the wall in your daughter’s elementary school class. The teacher introduces a new boy who has just moved into town and then asks the kids to welcome him to the class. It’s obvious that he’s uncomfortable....

How to Help Your Teen Develop Empathy Online

Helping your teen develop empathy online (as well as offline) is important because it teaches them to reflect, observe and think about their own behavior and how it affects others. Empathy is the ability to understand the emotions of others. Empathy helps us...

How Much is Too Much Screen Time for Teens

Is Excessive Screen Time Causing Teen Depression and Anxiety? Common Sense Media reported that screen use for adolescents jumped 17 percent since 2019, a steeper increase than in the prior four years prior the pandemic.  Screen use rose by nearly 50...

Teens Buying Drugs Online

Years ago when a teenager wanted to score drugs they didn’t have look far, it was to their friends (negative peer group), classmates in school, at parties or even from our home medicine cabinet. Fast forward today and you’ll find young people are now getting drugs...

Tips for Creating A Smartphone Contract

Having a smartphone contract in place early can help your kids understand the guidelines you expect to follow as well as the consequences they can expect when they are broken. Smartphone contracts can also help limit screen time. Giving kids a cell phone...

5 Ways to Reduce Your Teen’s Screen Time

Since the pandemic, screen media among young people has increased 17 percent according to a new Common Sense Survey. We have now seen a decline in mental health in teens, a rise in depression, anxiety and underperforming in school. Technology is not going away, as a...

Sue Scheff Parent Advocate

Career Thoughts Interview with Sue Scheff Sue Scheff has spent over 20 years (since 2001) helping parents of struggling teens. She has based her business (Parents’ Universal Resource Experts) off of her own experience as a parent of an at-risk child, and is...