YSB Adds *Responsible Social Media Use* Program!

Responsible Social Media Use (RSMU) is a new service YSB designed to help youth who are struggling to use social media in a healthy way.

RSMU was developed at the suggestion of YSB’s referring parties (local law enforcement, school resource officers, and parents) and ranges from 2-5 sessions that fit the individual needs of each youth.

Diversion staff meet with the youth and parent/guardian to hear from the family about their particular situation. Together with staff, families help determine the number of sessions needed and the focus.

Depending on the situation, sessions cover media use, social interactions, healthy relationships, consequences, positive decision making, building self-confidence, and setting goals.

Please contact our Offices to schedule RSMU or to find out more!

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The Popularity of Snapchat

By: YSB Youth & Family Education Coordinator, Merri Guggisberg

Snapchat is a popular messaging app that allows users to exchange photos and videos that disappear after a set time or after the receiver closes it. 

Users can also exchange private chat messages that can be saved.  Remember a screenshot can be taken (sender receives notification if this happens but can’t stop the receiver from taking it). 

According to Snapchat terms of use – the user has to verify they are at least 13 years old, and if under 18, they need to have parental permission.  The user also agrees to grant Snapchat access to their address book and allows it to upload that information to its servers. 

FYI- users share private contact information on family and friends without their permission.

Why do teens use Snapchat SO often?

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Internal Overload: Stress vs. Anxiety

By: Rebekah Winschitl, M.A., LPCC
YSB Youth & Family Therapist

It’s just this time of year, they will perk up”, “Once finals are over they will be back to their old self”, “She is just moody because she is a teenager”, “He won’t do his homework or chores because he is lazy”, “She says she is sick so she can get out of doing things or going to school”, “All teens sleep this much, it is because they are growing”.

These are phrases often said by parents when their kids are acting different than usual. It is easy, and very common, to associate any change in mood or behavior on the child’s age, level of motivation, or attitude and there is evidence to support that this is the case.

Adolescents often do sleep more and have mood swings due to growth and changing hormones. School is often stressful which may alter a child’s mood. Children also begin to show defiance as they grow older as a way to explore and test the world. Although many of these things are considered to be “normal”, too much of them may be more harmful than we think.

It is important to notice how these typically normal changes are effecting your child’s daily life.

  • Are they sleeping so much that they are missing meals and not spending time with friends?
  • Are they sick often enough to miss multiple days of school a month?
  • Is there mood or behavior erratic to the point where they are getting into trouble, showing poor performance at school, or seem to never be happy?

If so, then there may be something a little more than the typical developmental changes going on with your child.

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