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FREE back-to-school social media guide!

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FREE resource to prepare you!: Pages of tips, tricks, and resources to conquer social media and technology this school year.

As our kids head back to school, it's essential to make sure their online habits don't become regrets. We've compiled pages of tips, tricks, and resources to make sure you and your children are prepared, safe, and healthy when it comes to technology and social media. There's even an updated list of 15 apps that you need to check for on your child's phone RIGHT NOW. It could save their life!

After El Paso Mass Shooting, Gun Control Advocates March on the White House and the Capitol

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Personality changes in adolescence

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Mood swings indicate depression sometimes. Parents can distinguish between teen rebellion and mood swings, and depression by considering the severity and duration of the mood swings and the domains that are affected by these swings. Dealing with a teenager is not easy. No matter how good a parent you are, and how great your relationship with your children is, you are likely to face parenting roadblocks when it comes to your teenager. Behavior problems are common in teenagers. But you can deal with them with ease if you are willing to put in the effort to understand what they are going through and what it is that they need from you. As an adolescent naturally separates from his parents, he develops his own distinct personality and identity. Learn more about personality changes in adolescence from this article.

How to Help Gay Teens Thrive

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LGBT teens are more likely to be suspended or expelled from schools, sometimes because they were trying to protect themselves from bullies. Other kids ​might drop out on their own or switch to a different school in search of a more welcoming environment. Relying on LGBT-friendly organizations for support contributed to greater self-esteem and life satisfaction, and a smaller chance of being depressed or dropping out of high school. Meanwhile, reading is the key to over coming any situation. 20 Books With LGBTQ Characters Your Kids Will Love

Calling all young activists

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School's out. The sun's bright. It's finally summer. I know you've got a lot of plans, but here's something you won't want to miss: The ACLU Advocacy Institute Summer Program for high school students, which is still accepting applications until June 26. If you or someone you know is a high school student who wants to change the world, apply ASAP to join the ACLU Advocacy Institute in Washington, DC. The week-long program takes place from July 20-26, and will include workshops on grassroots organizing, legal advocacy, and presentations featuring ACLU experts, nationally recognized leaders, and activists who are leading the fight for social justice. We're committed to making sure that everyone has a chance to participate – and a few full scholarships are still available. Scholarships cover all expenses, including travel, and the remaining spots will be awarded on a rolling basis – so apply ASAP before they're gone! ACLU Advocacy Institute alumni go on to …

Gender identity and expression are central to the way we see ourselves and engage in the world around us. This is certainly true of transgender and gender-expansive children and teens, for whom family support is absolutely critical.

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One of the most important and difficult tasks that parents face is how to best support their children while also setting the kind of boundaries and structure that helps them grow up to become responsible and successful adults. Sure, children and teens love to test the boundaries that adults set for them. But it is important to make distinctions between instances where “kids are being kids” and when they’re asserting things about themselves that are critical to their identity and development -- as is the case with gender identity and expression.  In other words, for some transgender youth, family support can be the difference between life and death. Trans Actress Hunter Schafer on HBO’s Edgy Gen-Z Series ‘Euphoria’ety:Trans Gen-Z actress Hunter Schafer is poised for stardom, co-starring with Zendaya in the new HBO series "Euphoria."

Adopt a pet near you

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Feeding and caring for a pet encourages childhood responsibility. Children with pets display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem. Sharing the love and care of a family pet forges an additional common bond among siblings. Cuddling a pet reduces stress, loneliness and anxiety.