tech addiction in teens

Tips for Parents on Dealing with Tech Addiction in Teens

Tech Addiction in Teens Technology has become a major part of teenagers’ lives. It can be used for educational purposes, communicating with friends, entertainment, and socializing. However, too much technology use has been linked to several problems, such as anxiety, low self-esteem, and depression. Technology use in the teenage and pre-teen years is highly problematic …

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Healthy Habits Learned at blueFire Wilderness

During the adolescent years, teens rarely take into consideration their physical health and even less so on mental health. They know they are experiencing a wide range of emotions but are unclear on how to sort through them all in a positive and effective manner. This can lead to depression, anxiety, or injurious practices such …

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When To Seek Help For Your Teen’s Mental Health

If someone asked you what the best stage in our lives was, what would you say?  Many of us believe that the best stage in life is childhood or adolescence.  Generally speaking, children and adolescents have fewer responsibilities, pressures, and worries.  This of course is not the case for everyone, many children face hardships or …

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The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Teen Behavior

Childhood is one of the most impactful stages in one’s life.  Your experiences during childhood can shape the way you see and view the world.  While many people view childhood as a light-hearted and happy time, many children also experience adverse childhood experiences, otherwise known as childhood trauma.  These experiences are often unavoidable, such as …

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Wilderness Programs for Youth: Damaging Effect of Technology Addiction

With technology continually innovating, it has become an integral part of our society.  Technology has allowed our society to advance in many ways, including advancements in communication, entertainment, information sharing, access to goods and services, and much more.  Technology has taken over many sectors of our lives, in particular, youth are greatly affected by technologies …

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Game Over: How to Help Teens with Gaming Disorders

Aside from sports, technology has become the most popular pastime for teenagers most notably, video gaming.  Video games have become increasingly popular in adolescents, particularly teenage boys and while they can be a fun and interactive hobby, when do they become a problem?  Video game addiction is more common than you might think, a study …

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An Invisible Danger: Cyberbullying in Teens

What is Cyberbullying? Nowadays, more than 80% of American households have access to the internet via subscription.  Even those who do not have access to the internet at home likely can still use the internet in public places such as libraries or schools.  The internet and social media platforms have essentially taken over our lives.  …

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Is Wilderness Therapy Appropriate for Teens with Limited Outdoor Experience?

When you hear the term “wilderness therapy”, what comes to mind? Is it a boot camp style program? Are teens expected to be expert campers or rock climbers? The reality is that wilderness therapy is nothing like boot camp and that it is appropriate for teens with all levels of experience. blueFire Wilderness understands that …

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How to Improve Academic Performance: Stay Active!

Physical activity has long been recommended as a way to keep physical health in check and to promote healthy growth and development, but research also indicates that physical activity is important for brain and learning health as well. Studies from 2013 suggest that increasing physical activities and physical fitness may improve academic performance and that …

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Addressing Troubled Behavior Through Adoption Therapy

The teenage years are a period of enormous change and development for all youth, as their brains are continuing to develop and they forge new and independent identities. Adoption can add yet another layer of complexity to this developmental period, regardless of the age at which the child was adopted. Because chemical changes in the …

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