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Parenting in the 21st Century

It is no secret that access to just about any kind of data is simpler than ever before. The explosive growth of personal smartphone and tablet use is a huge benefit to everyone. Need information to finish a paper you're writing? No problem. Google it. Trying to find good Mexican food near you? Easy! Just a search away. Want the highest rated one? Check it out on Yelp.

These are a few of the more wholesome examples of how the internet can be an incredible gateway to some very useful resources for some of our everyday needs. Other, more personal uses might include finding someone for a long-term relationship.

Teens on smartphones

There are plenty of websites and apps that can help you find the right one. Unfortunately, there are thousands and perhaps even hundreds of thousands of websites and apps that lead someone to the darker side of society.

As a parent, this is probably one of the biggest concerns for guiding and raising children. The first sentence of this post is both exciting and also dangerous. Again, access to just about any kind of data is simpler than ever before. That's where parenting like never before has become an even more difficult task.

Dr. Tim Elmore, millennial expert and founder of Growing Leaders, recently wrote a post on his own site addressing this topic, entitled, "Five Dangerous Apps Parents Don't Know Teens Use". This is an eye-opening article and one every parent or someone in regular influence over a child or teen should read and act on.

Don't ever underestimate the power of your influence. And don't believe this is something you can simply ignore. Be proactive and stay informed. CLICK HERE for this great resource. Your child's future is important and you can be one of the biggest reasons for their success.

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