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Social Media Linked to Rise in Mental Health Disorders in Teens, Survey Finds

social-media432Mental health issues have risen significantly over the last decade and the rise of digital media may be one reason why, according to a national survey released on March 14.

The research, published by the American Psychological Association, found sharp increases in the number of young adults and adolescents who reported experiencing negative psychological symptoms — specifically in those born in 1995 or later, known as iGen. Read more ›

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How Kids Are Using Google Docs to Bully One Another

google430As a parent, you might walk past your child’s room and see her happily typing away on a Google Docs page. “Lovely!” you think. “She’s probably working on her science report or finishing up her essay on the rise of RBG.”

Or, she could be in a secret chat room. Read more ›

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Screen Time for Kids Under 2 More Than Doubles, Study Finds

Screen time has more than doubled for children under 2 years old since 1997, a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found, with time spent in front of a TV as the main driver despite a changing screen landscape. Read more ›

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My Digital TAT2 [web resource] [downloadable]

mydigitalTAT2 385My Digital TAT2 is a Silicon Valley nonprofit organization whose mission is to address one of the most challenging issues facing families today: how to build the healthy habits, critical thinking, and thoughtful online behavior necessary to integrate technology into our lives in a constructive way. Read more ›

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Only 5 Percent of Adolescents Meet Sleep, Exercise, Screen Time Guidelines

sleepdeprived380A study published in February 2019 in JAMA Pediatrics discovered that only 1 in 20 adolescents are meeting the guidelines and that a discrepancy exists between the sexes. Only three percent of girls get enough sleep and exercise and don’t exceed screen time recommendations, compared to seven percent of boys. Read more ›

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Apps You’ve Never Heard of That Your Teen is Already Using

socialmedia379Of course, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with every hot new app, which makes knowing the risky features — like interaction with strangers, anonymity, privacy concerns, and iffy content — a solid first step. But it’s still important to know the specifics of what’s on your kid’s device and whether or not you’ll allow it to stay there. Read more ›

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Teens, Social Media and Mental Health [presentation] [video]

Learn what kids are telling us about social media and the benefits and challenges of living in a connected world.After a brief presentation from My Digital TAT2, students representing CHC’s Teen Wellness Committee and My Digital TAT2’s Youth Advisory Board hold a panel discussion about social media and life online. Read more ›

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Heavy Screen Time May Cause Premature Changes In Brain Structure Among Kids

tech341Children who spend more than seven hours a day of screen time may experience premature thinning of the part of the brain that processes sensory information.

The data comes from a $300 million research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will follow more than 11,000 kids aged 9 to 10 years old. Read more ›

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Obesity May Harm Kids’ Academics, Coping Skills

obesitystudy311Obese kids may have extra difficulty with schoolwork and coping under stress, a preliminary study suggests. Read more ›

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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Bullying Resource Center [web resource]

bullying288Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents. Bullying is repeated aggressive behavior that can present in the form of threats, physical assault, and intimidation that is intentional and involves a difference in power and/or strength.

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