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Social media is the Achilles' heel of my generation. As teenagers, we are the first ones who have grown up living in a world that focuses on our number of followers, aesthetic feeds, and overall online presence. Let me tell you straight from the source of a sixteen-year-old: it is not easy!

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Preeminent Research on this topic

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Jean Marie Twenge is an American psychologist researching generational differences, including work values, life goals, and speed of development. She is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, author, consultant, and public speaker. She authored the book iGen and is a preeminent researcher on technology and it impacts

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Jon Moffat has been educating people of all ages Internet safety for the past 13 years Since MySpace. He has presented to 100,000's youth/parents/youth service providers over the past 13 years. His goal is to help bridge the digital knowledge gap that exists between youth and their parents.

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SafetyNet® is a collaborative program of the San Diego Police Foundation and the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The largest Internet safety provider in the San Diego region, the SafetyNet® program is a local initiative that educates parents about the threats related to online activities, outlines actions to take, and raises visibility of the issues.

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INSPIRING WELLNESS AND ENGAGED LIVING IN THE DIGITAL AGE &
THRIVING INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES THROUGH HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITH NATURE AND TECHNOLOGY.

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Books We Love

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In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives.

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Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder is a 2005 book by author Richard Louv that documents decreased exposure of children to nature in American society and how this "nature-deficit disorder" harms children and society.

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In 24/6, Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.

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Why our brains aren't built for media multitasking, and how we can learn to live with technology in a more balanced way.

"Brilliant and practical, just what we need in these techno-human times."―Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart

Blogs, Websites & Apps We Love

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The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade.  By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone.

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And it works. So far, Moment has given time back to over 7 million users. Those who subscribe to Moment Coach gain an hour back each day by following simple strategies designed to help them reimagine their relationship with their phone. So what does this mean for you? Take the first step in learning how to put down your phone and get back to real life — join us!

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Common Sense Media
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Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization that "provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children."