A funny parody of Elf on the Shelf and Instagram makes big changes for teens

Good Things Utah
  • On Good Things Utah this morning – Taylor Wolfe is making spirits oh so bright. At least when it comes to weary parents who are spending their December rearranging a plush elf. On Dec. 5, the Colorado-based writer and comedian posted a video pretending to be Elf on the Shelf. “Since December first, I’ve seen so many parents post about their elf duties, whether they love it or hate it, and I noticed there’s a lot of passion there,” Wolfe told TODAY Parents. “It made we wonder what the elf’s point of view might be.”
  • Plus, Instagram announced new features to keep teens safe on the social media platform and some parenting experts are applauding the efforts. While they believe some of these changes will help protect teens, they urge parents to take active roles in their teens’ social media use and wonder if some of the features will be able to deliver. “It’s a good effort,” Dr. Candice Jones, an Orlando, Florida-based pediatrician, told TODAY Parents. “The devil is in the details to see how this stuff is going to actually work.” One of the new features, “Take a Break,” seems to be aligned with what the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends about screen use, Jones said. She hopes that the tool, which sends a message to teens if they’re on too long, can help curb mindless scrolling.
  • And it’s a new Christmas trend – they’re red and white and, according to experts, it’s no coincidence that they resemble Santa Claus. The Amanita muscaria, also called the fly agaric mushroom, is a psychoactive toadstool that’s most often red with white spots. The hallucinogenic fungi have made their way into pop culture through the years, most notably as a “power-up” mushroom in Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. video game franchise. But the iconic toadstool is also deeply rooted in Christmas folklore, occasionally making its way into holiday decor and ornament designs.
  • At the end of the show – if you are single and still want to send out a Christmas card there haven’t been very many options for you – until now! Reagan shows us holiday cards that are just as funny as they are creative. Hope you join us for a fun GTU Hour 2 this morning.

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