Teens Living In An Age Of Fear

Society and circumstances are changing faster than any of us can fully comprehend. If you blink – you’ll find yourself ten steps behind and technologically out of date. Let’s face it – it is a different playing field today and if you don’t have the right tools and the proper mindset – you’re lost! Just look at these numbers…

The average teen sends close to 3,000 texts a month. Think about it for a minute, and you’ll get a sense of how their world is changing. Where is the room for quiet personal time, a moment of privacy?

55% of teens have given out personal info to someone they don’t know, including photos and physical descriptions. 56% of teens say they have been the target of some type of online harassment. 41% have experienced some form of digital dating abuse — including checking in multiple times a day, reading messages without permission, pressuring others to respond to messages or spreading rumors. And it gets worse as 15% percent of young people surveyed say they have sent nude photos or videos of themselves. 21% say they’ve received nude photos or videos from others. About half of those involved say they felt pressured to do so.

How did we get here?

Donna C. Moss, MA, LCSW-R is a skilled adolescent, young adult and family therapist who writes about the Internet, relationships, technology, divorce and other issues in mental health. Moss has produced and managed large online communities for Disney, iVillage and Weightwatchers.com. She is an avid hiker, yoga practitioner and swimmer and is married with two children. With 25-plus years of experience in: infertility, cancer, health, stress, divorce mediation, and high conflict divorce and families, Donna has a broad understanding of many life transitions. She provides supportive, practical, cognitive/behavioral and proven methods for living an authentic, calm and accepting life.

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