Parents: Stay Updated with Social Media

Staying up-to-date in the world of social media is difficult. As soon as you learn what is out there, something new comes into existence! I want to make you aware of what I have recently learned from the world of social media through the adolescents I work with in private practice.

The first is a new app called “Fake-A-Text” in which someone can create a fictitious dialogue, take a “snapshot,” and send it to another person to bully, badmouth, or frame another person of bullying. Attempting to tell the difference between a genuine or fake text is a challenge to say the least and adds another layer in deciding the outcome of a bullying case.

The second is a website called, “SMACK High NJ.” This is a blog that allows people to talk “smack” about high schools in NJ (there are also ones for NY and CT).  A person can go and write a piece of “smack” about their own high school or another high school. SMACK High NJ will repost the info so that it is anonymous.

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Dr. Jennifer Politis, PhD, LPC, of Politis Therapy Services, LLC, is a therapist and educational psychologist specializing in therapy and evaluation services for children and adults in Bergen County. She works with women dealing with issues related to motherhood, life balance, stress and relationships. Dr. Politis also works with children and adolescents that have learning differences, academic challenges, behavioral issues, depression and anxiety. Dr. Politis earned her doctoral degree from Fordham University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, School Psychologist and Certified School Counselor. Phone: 201-820-5737 Email: [email protected]

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