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Teens Could Be Using Secret Language on Tik-Tok As Cries For Help

What do you think, do teens use apps because they feel disconnected? Streyffeler says some kids and teenagers are struggling because a lot of them feel disconnected. We live in a society where almost everything is online, and so are cries for help. TikTok videos appear to show teenagers crying or visibly upset. “Kids are more connected to their phones than they are to each other,” Streyffeler said. And that’s one reason Streyffeler believes they’re using their phones to send messages instead of reaching out to mom and dad. “From the time kids are very young, they’re just given phones instead of having conversations with their parents,” Streyffeler said. And she says that feeling of disconnection can cause anxiety and fears of not being able to measure up to their friends or even people they don’t know on social media. Videos appearing on TikTok are not just cries for attention. “It’s a cry for help because these kids are struggling,” Streyffeler said, “And they have been taught that socialmedia and the internet, different websites and apps are the way that you communicate.”

Baby Found With Skull Injuries, Fractures In North Fort Myers Home, mom facing Charges

What are your feelings about a mother actively violating the safety plan in place and now her 5 month old has skull injuries and fractures? "You don't know what would ever make a mother go against her child and as a result the baby got hurt," said Dr Laura Streyffeler and continued to say, "is that she actively violated the safety plan and her order and her actions directly led to what happened not that she wasn't paying attention."

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