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 • Stay up to date on what is happening locally and with your school.
• Educate yourself and use accurate, appropriate sources of information (school websites) in a balanced way.
• Avoid spending large amounts of time on social media and other forms of media, which can exacerbate anxiety.
• Avoid planning for the worst, which is just another way to focus on uncertainty.
• Focus on what you know and what you can do.
• Realize that no matter what happens, you will graduate and many people are working to adapt activities and schedules as necessary to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
COVID-19 should not be allowed to define our teens' lives. Help your teen find balance and joy each day in their activities. Encourage them to get outside, connect with peers, stay busy with hobbies, find a new hobby or start a fun project. All of these kinds of activities will decrease anxiety and increase positive emotions.
— Stephen Lassen, Ph.D., pediatric psychologist
How do I get my teen to unplug from Zoom chats and other technology when it's the only way to socialize?
Respecting Others
This is a great time to engage your teen in family social activities. You may choose how often family activities will occur and
 your teen can help decide the what and the when. Also consider creating realistic limits for live, interactive screen time such as Zoom chats to promote safe socializing. Giving your teen more freedom supervised in the home may prevent socializing in an unsafe manner.
Consider creating separate limits for other technology such as social media, video games, and television.
Ask them how much time they want, compromise, and hold them accountable! Help your teen create a list of non-screen time activities to remind them of alternative ways to fill their time.
— Simone Moody, Ph.D., child & adolescent psychologist
   Q How can I make sure I'm teaching my sons to respect
women and minorities?
The most important way to teach A our children to respect women and
minorities is through modeling this respect
in our own words and behavior. This includes demonstrating respect consistently, but also includes labeling disrespect, prejudice, etc., when
you and they observe it in others in daily life, in current events and in entertainment.
Biases are ingrained in our culture and therefore can be invisible unless specifically called out. Be aware and label your own bias as well. Are you more nervous if the person walking down the street behind you is an ethnic minority? Consider why this might be and work to challenge these reactions.
— Sara Gould, Ph.D., child & adolescent psychologist
How can I help my teen better manage stress?
Problem-Solving Techniques
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Help your teen see how challenges can be opportunities for growth and personal enhancement, not simply something to endure or try to escape.
Encourage flexible thinking by asking them to consider questions like: “What are some other reasons why this
happened?” or “How can this benefit you?”
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