Focusing on teaching specific behavior techniques to promote positive family interactions and improve communication.
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These programs offer recreation activities and socialization opportunities for people, ages 16 and up. Sessions focus on A school break recreation program for children aged years old. Funds can be provided to families for services and goods that are not reimbursed through existing programs or funding streams. Project Grown-Up prepares a parent for dealing with issues around their child's physiological development. Remember that interacting with people includes hurtful moments -even for those without ASD. Learning to cope socially, also means learning to cope with people when they are mean or say ignorant things.
Monitor and filter friends and contacts -within reason. But also allow them some freedom to choose. You are trying to build their confidence in their own choices.
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For a very detailed outline of best online practices you can refer to the Internet Governance Forum. Allow your child to have privacy about their conditions, and choose what they want to share. If they want to come out and share about their disabilities -let them. The wonderful thing about online personalities is that you are not automatically judged by how you look, and that breaks down a lot of barriers that might otherwise be there for people with obvious disabilities.
Explore many social platforms until your child finds the one or two or three that they like best.
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Maybe your child will want to share things on You Tube like Jordan does. Or maybe they want to join an online art forum, or a community that is strictly for the Jedi obsessed.
Sub-tweeting has replaced direct, person-to-person confrontation, and easily provokes sub-tweeting wars where others jump in and add on, but nothing gets resolved. All of this has caused our teenagers to have a certain amount paranoia that people are tweeting about them, but because it's a subtweet there is really no way to find out if it is about them unless they ask.
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Often when they ask they are told it wasn't about them when it was and it becomes crazy-making. As parents we can normalize that this type of stuff happened to us as teens, with notes being passed about us in class, but we need to validate for our teenagers how much more intense it is for them to have it happen so publically, and how hard that can be on their hearts.
We have to parent them to choose courage over fear and to speak up for themselves person-to-person. Sexting: Sexting and sending indecent pictures of themselves to their love interests is common for both male and female teenagers. It is a new form of sexual flirting and communication that would likely never happen in person.
Text allows our teens an outlet to say and do things they would never have the guts to say and do in person. Because teens think mostly about the now, they do not have the skills to handle it when a naked picture of them gets circulated amongst a large group of people, like the entire football team. The consequences of sexting and naked photos can go viral in a way our teens are not prepared for. The shame, embarrassment and loss of reputation can drive a teenager to their lowest of lows. Sexting messages and pictures are often used as blackmail or revenge when a relationship breaks up which can keep our teenager in an unhealthy relationship for the fear of any sexting or naked photos being leaked.
As parents we have to be educated on these issues and do all we can to discourage this type of communication and photo taking to help our teenagers avoid the horribly embarrassing consequences their actions can bring. Selfies and self-obsession: Selfies are the latest obsession, which is narcissism at its finest.
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Teens are naturally narcissistic, and when healthy, this narcissism is a necessary part of their development, but the world of selfies is taking our teenagers into a place of being in love with their own image or causing them to be obsessed with the image of others. Selfies can drag our teenagers into a secret self-loathing. No matter how great their selfie is they may be measuring their worth on how many "likes" or "comments" the selfie gets.
This turns the selfie into an addiction and a determiner of their beauty, worth, popularity and validity. If a selfie doesn't get a lot of likes or receives a negative comment they may assume they are ugly, stupid, worthless, not good enough or feel people don't like them. As parents we need to encourage inner beauty, hard work, achievement and being a loving person more deliberately because our teenagers are constantly faced with the self-promotion addiction of the social media world.
Inability to be alone: Being online puts our teens in constant social communication. Our teenagers hardly get a break unless they are grounded from social media, they have parental controls or rules on their phones, or they choose to take a social media break. The ability to be alone, in one's own quiet, is almost non-existent and it is such an important developmental task for teens to master.