New research has implications for mentoring and fitness-related social media

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The more exercise-related posts we see on social media, the more concern we feel about our own weight, which may lead to unhealthy body image, according to new research.

“When people received more posts about … Read the rest

Elements of effective texting?: Here’s six tips

In a recent New Yorker article, writer Alice Gregory describes Crisis Text Line, a new service for youth who are in need of support.

Facebook is testing a feature for mentorships between users

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Earlier this year, Facebook signaled a plan to move into LinkedIn’s territory with the launch of job advertising. Now it appears to be taking another step to help develop the professional

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The promise and pitfalls of mentoring in the digital age

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Considering how widespread it is, it is somewhat alarming that there is not yet a uniform standard of best practice around social media in youth mentoring. Granted, many programs … Read the rest

APA’s new survey on stress and technology use has implications for mentoring

Written by Justin Preston

Last week the American Psychological Association (APA) released the second part of their findings from their 1oth annual Stress in America survey. While the first part of the findings dealt with changing national politics, the economy, … Read the rest

A conversation with Dr. Belle Liang: The intersection of positive female youth development and mentoring

dr-belle-liangWritten by Sam Burton

Dr. Belle Liang is an Associate Professor in the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. Dr. Liang is a member of the Research and Policy Council of MENTOR/National Mentoring … Read the rest

With friends like these: Research identifies likely source of teen cyberbullying

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Past or present friendship or dating makes cyberbullying much more likely to occur between two teenagers, new research shows.

“A common concern regarding cyberbullying is that strangers can attack someone, but here we see evidence … Read the rest

Social media and body issues in youth: Why mentors are well-suited to intervene

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Young adults who log onto social media sites frequently throughout the week or spend hours trawling various social feeds during the day may be at greater risk … Read the rest

Not buying what they’re selling: Making friends reduces influence of negative media

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People whose only knowledge of Muslims comes from the media are very likely to have negative emotions and stereotypical beliefs about them, new research shows.

In the Journal of Communication, Srividya Ramasubramanian, associate dean of … Read the rest

Avoiding the electronic communication trap for teens: An opportunity for mentors


Nesi, J., Widman, L., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Prinstein, M.J. (2016). Technology-based communication and the development of interpersonal competencies within adolescent romantic relationships: A preliminary investigation, Journal of Research on Adolescence Journal of Read the rest