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Teens/Tweens

#MeToo and Kids

In the wake of high profile sexual abuse disclosures, accusations, indictments, and the social media campaigns of #metoo and #timesup, I am cautiously hopeful that we can usher in a new era in which the children of today are raised to understand and practice consent as adults—an era when “Yes” means “Yes” and “No” means […]

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Measuring screen time is key to reducing screen time

Last week two major investors in Apple, JANA Partners LLC and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) wrote an open letter to Apple Inc. asking them to make additions and changes to their products that would make parenting around screen time more effective. JANA and CALSTRS provided several concrete ideas to Apple including a suggestion to integrate […]

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Be A Mr. Jensen: See the Good

My daughter recently attended a Teen Leadership Summit with motivational speaker,  Clint Pulver, where he shared the story of the teacher who changed his life. This is video is a must-watch about how we can all be Mr. Jensens. Here’s to a new year and may be all be better at seeing the good.  

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The new anonymous app that's going viral with teens

For additional Tech Talk Tuesday conversations, go to Screenager’s fantastic blog to help guide you through the teenage years.  The latest app to join the social networking roster, TBH (To Be Honest) is meant to share positive vibes. Users anonymously receive and can send superlatives, such as “Best person to get a cup of coffee […]

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Tips to get your kids & teens outdoors at the ISE

Tired of having your kids glued to their devices? This year’s International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE), which opens at noon next Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center is offering even more presentations and experiences to get youth off the couch and out in nature.  Here is a list of some highlights to help families get outside together:  Encourage […]

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How young is too young to have a mobile device?

 Common Sense Media recently released the results from their latest survey: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight. While the results are not surprising, they are troubling.  What I found most interesting is that almost half of kids eight years old and under have their own mobile device (this includes all types of mobile electronics […]

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Tech Talk Tuesday: Have you or your teen ever been "ghosted?"

Have you ever heard the term “ghosting”? According to the Urban Dictionary ghosting is: “The act of suddenly ceasing all communication with someone the subject is dating, but no longer wishes to date. … Ghosting is not specific to a certain gender and is closely related to the subject’s maturity and communication skills. ..” This happens with both […]

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A Must-read: No Family Is Safe From This Epidemic

The last photograph of my son Jonathan was taken at the end of a new-student barbecue on the campus green at the University of Denver. It was one of those bittersweet transitional moments. We were feeling the combination of apprehension and optimism that every parent feels when dropping off a kid at college for the […]

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Denver 7th Grader Gets Named America's 'Top Young Scientist' With This Invention

Eleven-year-old Gitanjali Rao became concerned about lead in drinking water two years ago, when she learned of the crisis in Flint, Michigan. And it’s not just Flint, says the student from the Denver suburb of Lone Tree, approximately 5,000 water systems in the U.S. have problems with lead contamination. The seventh grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch told Colorado Matters that troubling statistic was on her […]

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