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Social Media Addiction  |  Raising Teenagers and Navigating High School

Social Media Addiction | Raising Teenagers and Navigating High School

Raising Teenagers: Is Your Child Addicted to Social Media?

The Black Hole of Social Media in Teenagers.  Causes and Prevention for Parents. 

As with everything else in life, there can be “too much of a good thing.” Social media, while useful, can become an addiction rather quickly, especially in teenagers.  Recognizing the signs of addictive social media behaviors are the first step a parent can take in preventing an addiction or intervening in one that is already taking hold.  These steps include monitoring the use of social media apps by a teenager, encouraging real life activities so a balance is struck with social media, and of course, checking for the signs of a social media addiction.

Raising Teenagers Social Media Addiction

Signs of Social Media Addiction

The signs of a social media addiction are: spending too much time checking and rechecking their posts online, becoming agitated when no one responds to their posts, refusing real life events such as sports and time out with friends outside the online world, becoming depressed if for some reason online access is not available for even a short amount of time and immediately checking social media responses and conversations when first rolling out of bed in the morning.  Thankfully, new apps are developed that can assist parents in controlling and monitoring how much time is spent by their child online using social media.  These apps include:

  1. Social Fever.  This app uses a timer to monitory on time and off time and can be preset to shut off access whenever access to social media needs to be disrupted.  Parents can preset times and only allow access to social media for a certain amount of time each day.
  2. Offtime.  This is a Google Play app and can eliminate distractions not just for children and teens, but also for parents.  It seems very useful overall, as there are several features that can be used on mobiles as well as tablets and laptops.
  3. Quality Time. Another app that allows monitoring, however it does not seem to actually block usage, instead the focus in on the monitoring of how much time is spent on social media.  Might be a good choice for adults and their usage but seems not that spectacular for children and teens.
  4. Space. This is an Apple phone app and although it does the same thing as Social Fever above, it does seem by the reviews to have a few glitches.  Since it’s geared to Apple also, it won’t be a good choice for Android users.   It does tout itself as “breaking phone addiction” but only if the glitches will be fixed and only on Apple mobiles.
  5. Flipd.  This is another Google app and promises distraction blocking.  It does not monitor or seem to have the ability to block social media usage entirely.  Again, it might be a useful app for adults looking to curb their own usage, but for children and teens, it might not be the best choice.

Whether it’s Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat or any other type of social media, being able to monitor the behavior online of your child, teenager, or perhaps even your own, is a big plus.  Time online can be productive, or it can be counterproductive.  It’s a fine line between enjoyment and addiction.  The apps listed above will give you control, and you will find that your child, teen, or even you will find more enjoyable activities as a result!


Raising A Confident Teen | Positive Body Image | Gilbert Photographer

Raising A Confident Teen | Positive Body Image | Gilbert Photographer

Building Teen Confidence

As a mom, I hate to see the pain my teenagers go through during these tween and teen years. They are so critical of themselves and are self conscious about everything. During adolescence, physical changes can also affect teen confidence. Nearly all teenagers feel self-conscious about their bodies which leads them towards negative self talk and lower self esteem. What if you could spend some special one-on-one time with your daughter and together we could help build her confidence and give her a positive body image? Photography is one tool that can help so we can empower teens and boost their confidence! If we start now, these values will grow with them and help them successfully transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Sounds kind of strange, I know, but hear me out. I’ve always thought my daughter was gorgeous, don’t we all feel that way about our kids? She’s never really given me any problems and for the most part has been an easy kid. But when she hit that 11-12 age, I would say things like “wow, you’re hair is so pretty!” and she’d disagree and of course started voicing her thoughts on exactly why I was wrong. They get so much more vocal and it is nearly impossible to change their minds! Does any of this sound familiar to you?

As a professional photographer, one of my goals is to help build teen confidence with a positive photo shoot where we show them how gorgeous they are both inside and out! You’ll get to spend some quality time together, your teen will be pampered, and you’ll get stunning portraits you’ve always wanted. We all feel so much prettier and more confident with professional hair and makeup, so why not pamper your young teenage daughter with an age-appropriate makeover? That’s one step to help her look and feel more beautiful than ever! During the photoshoot, we’ll have a blast together! She’ll be able to express herself naturally and learn some simple modeling tips that she’ll remember forever. Since this special portrait session is all about her, let’s celebrate this age and include hobbies she loves right now. When she sees herself in these pictures, she’ll see her true beauty! That smile will shine through and she’ll be excited and possibly even surprised by how stunning she is. You know there is a wonderful, special person inside! Of course she doesn’t see it in herself, yet. But she’s in there, let’s show the world!

My personal experience

I’ve been through this recently with my own daughter when she turned 14. She had braces, thought she was too small, too short, and certainly didn’t see all the wonderful qualities I saw in her. For her 14th birthday, we had her hair done, just a simple braid and some loose curls, then added some natural looking makeup. I took her out shopping for “picture clothes” since I know what looks good and she was nearly always in a leotard from gymnastics. My kids always agree to wear whatever I ask for pictures, as long as they don’t have to wear it otherwise. Hey, it works, don’t argue!

Wow, is that me?

The results were amazing!!! First of all, the photo shoot was so much fun! She looked beautiful of course, but also felt more beautiful and confident with professional hair and makeup. When she saw the results, she couldn’t believe it was her! They grow up so fast during these years and I’m overjoyed to have these beautiful memories of her at this age. I have to say, even I was shocked at how grown up she looked and how much she changed in just one year!

That beautiful face, sparking eyes, this is what I see what I look at her. Even her serious face, especially her serious face, makes me melt as a mom. She no longer sees just a short little girl. She too realizes that she’s growing up and becoming a stunning young lady! I now have these gorgeous images as a huge Signature Silk Portraits in my office. It reminds her that I love her and that she is a valued part of our family.

Alex has always loved to read. She learned early, begs to go the library, so I wanted to remember this time with two of her favorite books. Most books she gets from the library, however she loves Unraveling and Unbreakable so much that we bought them so she could read them over and over.

Confident Teen Gilbert Photographer

At the same time, she’s still my little girl. Yes, all of these images were taken within a couple of hours of each other. Sometimes she’s a fierce teen, sometimes she’s a playful teen! Many parents wait to have professional portraits until after teens get their braces off, but not me. I love her braces! That sweet smile with colorful rubber bands is something I’ll never forget.

Come in for a consultation and let’s talk! Let’s do the same for your daughter! But if you want to see a couple of other amazing teen portrait sessions, check these out!

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