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Media & Technology

How to Raise an Optimistic Human in a Pessimistic World

If you’re raising kids today, it can be easy to focus on the negative. And it’s no wonder. Due to the 24-hour news cycle, social media and cellphone notifications — and even sources you wouldn’t expect, such as Instagram and YouTube — kids are immersed in doom and gloom.

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Students with Disabilities are Almost Twice as Likely to Be Victims of Cyberbullying

Researchers found that almost one third of students with disabilities (30%) have experienced cyberbullying within the past year, as a victim, perpetrator, or both, compared to 20% of students without disabilities. Read more ›

Media Use by Tweens and Teens 2019 [downloadable]

The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, an update to the 2015 study of the same name, is a big-picture look at how young people in America are engaging with media. Read more ›

Preventing Bullying [downloadable]

Bullying is a form of youth violence. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines bullying as any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths, who are not siblings or current dating partners, that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social, or educational harm. Read more ›

Impact of Screen Time on Children’s Brain Development — What We Know So Far

The Scientific Debate Over Teens, Screens And Mental Health

More teens and young adults — particularly girls and young women — are reporting being depressed and anxious, compared with comparable numbers from the mid-2000s. Suicides are up too in that time period, most noticeably among girls ages 10 to 14.

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Increasing Social Media Use Tied to Rise in Teens’ Depressive Symptoms, Study Says

socialmedia581Spending too much time scrolling through social media and watching more television has been linked with symptoms of depression in young people — and a new study reveals to what extent screen time and depression may be intertwined.

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Report: More Students Are Being Bullied Online

bully 580Online bullying is on the rise among middle and high school students, even as overall rates of bullying in schools have remained steady, according to a federal report released on July 16. Read more ›

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The Complicated Relationship Between Screen Time and Depression

depression and social media 576Some experts think that the rise in mental health problems in youth can be tied to an event in 2007: The introduction of the iPhone. Psychologist and author Jean M. Twenge wants us to believe that the “iGen”, the generation shaped by smartphones and social media use, born between 1995 and 2012 is “on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades.” Read more ›

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Anxiety Canada [web resource] [downloadable]

Anxiety Canada provides information to help understand anxiety in children, teens, and adults and practical tips, resources, and self-help tools to help manage anxiety. Read more ›

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