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Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years by Michelle Icard

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Middle School Brains Are Different

Like many of you, my middle school–aged children have social media accounts. I know social media frightens some parents, but in general I support social media use among tweens and teens. I think it’s a great arena for creativity, community, and communication. But every yin must have its yang, and social media also offers opportunities for the tween brain to showcase its shortcomings.

Let’s dive right into the deep end, shall we?

Recently, I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw the most upsetting image I’ve seen in a long time. Picture this: two seventh-grade boys facing the camera and leaning up against a big rock outside school. Also facing the camera, but leaning up against the boys, were two seventh-grade ...

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