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Selfie-steem and Relationships: Balancing Our Perspective of the Selfie Generation

When people who take selfies are not suspected of being narcissistic, they are often believed to have low self-esteem. In fact, some argue that posting selfies is a cry for attention. It is true that some who post selfies are probably narcissistic; whereas, some likely have low self-esteem. But taking a more balanced perspective means […]

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Are Selfies Creating a Generation of Narcissists?

Some say that selfies are creating a generation of narcissists. Others argue that selfies and social networking sites are simply reflecting an old human tendency, just on a more public forum. Still, others provide an alternative perspective on the potential utility of selfies. A simple online search of “selfies and narcissism” readily elicits provocative headlines […]

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The Selfie Generation

What is a selfie? Why do we take them? Are selfies dangerous? We asked several of the psychologists at Children’s Medical Center to share their expert opinions about selfies to help parents understand more about this recent photo phenomenon. Our primary reason for writing a blog series on selfies is to open up discussion and communication […]

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How Do I Talk to My Teen About Sexual Violence?

It’s difficult to watch or read the news without coming across stories covering bullying and the increased efforts that schools are taking to prevent such behavior from occurring on school grounds. But what about sexual violence in schools? After all, research has shown that verbal bullying and teasing in middle schools predicts later perpetration of […]

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Bullying: What’s a Concerned Parent to Do?

The movie Mean Girls may have been fictional, but much of the story line rings true for children and teens today. Nearly one in five students has been bullied, according to a recent study from Olweus Bullying Prevention Program — and bullying has taken a high-tech turn with social media. Now kids can log onto Facebook […]

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Secret Life of Girls

The Secret Life of Girls

I can’t imagine being in middle school today. When I was in seventh grade the first online instant messenger was launched, the likes of Cindy Crawford graced magazines, and the only phone I had was connected to a wall. But today, girls in middle school now send hundreds of text messages each day, are connected […]

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Speaking to my son about the Penn State scandal

Betsy MacKay is the vice president of public affairs at Children’s. During her more than 13 years here, she has also raised her son, Wills, who is now 12. I usually have a hard time getting Wills to talk very much at breakfast. He wants to eat, watch SportsCenter and head to school. Sound familiar? […]

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