What’s so Great About the Internet, Anyway?

Internet addiction, sometimes referred to as cyberspace addiction or online addiction, can manifest itself in many ways in today’s teens.

If your daughter just spent an entire beautiful weekend tweaking her MySpace page, foregoing a trip with the family to an amusement park, she may be showing signs of addiction. If you checked your Internet browser’s history only to find out your innocent, naïve teenage son has spent the last five afternoons accessing pornographic Web sites where the titles alone are enough to make you blush, he may be addicted.

The Internet is a seductive place, especially for today’s linked-in teens who are far more likely to add graffiti to their friend’s Facebook wall than they are to actually get on their bicycle and ride over to that same friend’s house. You have to admit it would be a challenge to connect face-to-face with someone you’ve never met in person and who lives in a different time zone.

Therein lies the problem. The Internet is perfect for teens. Today’s social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter let them represent themselves as whomever, or whatever, they want. Everything is edited by them, chosen specifically to present the face they want the world to see. And if they decide to change that face, then they just delete some pictures, add some new friends, and voila’ – new person!

Learn more about internet and video game addiction, including what you can do as a parent to help your child learn how to manage their time on the computer >>

On Track for Graduation:
Boarding Schools and Wilderness Camps Help Troubled Teens Catch up in School

“I’ll just wait until the school year ends.”

Thousands of parents of troubled teens make this statement every year. As a parent, you know when your child has crossed the line from normal adolescent “acting out” to full-blown behavioral issues that require professional attention. And yet many parents are reluctant to take their child out of school during the school year. They worry about their teen leaving behind his friends and teachers, losing momentum in his coursework, and perhaps even dropping out of school permanently.

But if your teen is in a downward spiral at public school – getting into trouble, falling behind academically, or skipping classes – the problem will only get worse if you wait. Where can a parent turn to help their child sort through emotional issues without falling behind in school? For many families, the best intervention is sending their child to a therapeutic boarding school or wilderness camp as soon as problems arise, so he can get the treatment he needs while getting caught up, or even moving ahead, academically.

Boarding School Academics

Therapeutic boarding schools offer emotional and behavioral therapy as well as accelerated academics that help students catch up on credits and get back on track for graduation. Students in therapeutic boarding schools actively work toward receiving a high school diploma. If a student earns all required credits during the program, he will receive a diploma and graduate from the boarding school. If the student returns to public school, the boarding school will issue an official transcript so the child can continue his education at home.

Most boarding schools offer open enrollment, which allows students to enter the program at any time. When a new student enters the class, she works with other students who are familiar with the program and who act as role models to newer students. Depending on the student’s credit needs, teachers will either assign projects to get the child caught up with her classmates, or work individually with the student at her own pace.

Read more about how boarding schools and wilderness programs offer immediate help for teens struggling academically and in their relationships >>