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6 underground apps students hide from schools

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Technology is nearly ubiquitous in classrooms, and it holds extreme importance in the lives of today’s children. But with technology comes responsibility, and many ed-tech stakeholders emphasize the importance of teaching students about digital citizenship, being aware of their digital footprint, and being responsible and safe online. Despite the best efforts of parents and educators, children can–and do–get into sticky situations with technology. And as everyone knows, things you post online, in group chats, or send in text messages don’t disappear if you delete them.”(more)

Teenagers ‘checking mobile phones in night’

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Almost half (45%) of young people are checking their mobile phones after they have gone to bed, a poll suggests. A survey of 2,750 11- to 18-year-olds found one in 10 admitted checking their mobile phones for notifications at least 10 times a night. The poll was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference. The organisations warn night-time usage of mobiles means pupils are coming to school tired and unable to concentrate. They recommend having a “digital detox” and putting mobile devices away for 90 minutes before lights-out or keeping them out of the bedroom.”(more)

Yes, teens are addicted to mobile devices — but so are adults

E-School News – Stephen Noonoo

“Infographic shares realities behind today’s mobile device addiction. As kids get older, cries for strict limits on their screen time tend to taper off. By the time students hit high school, many are accustomed to texting in the hallways or even sneaking a peek at Facebook during dinner. But is the laissez-faire approach to device use actually enabling addictive behavior? Parents think so—and so do many of their kids, according to a recent Common Sense Media poll of 1,200 parents and teens centered around technology use and addiction. Multitasking, toggling between multiple screens or between screens and people, which is common for kids doing homework or socializing, can impair their ability to lay down memories, to learn, and to work effectively, according to the report.”(more)

Ten Summer Child Safety Tips

Child Trends – Natalia Pane, M.B.A., M.A.

“It’s that time again, time for the release of everyone’s summer safety tips. Here at Child Trends, our safety tips are based on—what else?—data! First, your suspicion is correct: June, July, and August are more dangerous for children than other months , at least if we use deadly unintentional injuries as the measure (see graph). Nearly one-third of all fatal child injuries occur during these three months…Given what we know are the most common fatal injuries, here are our tips for keeping the summer safe.”(more)

Videogame addiction leads to sleep loss, obesity, and cardiovascular risk in some gamers

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Some children and youth with high videogame addiction tendencies may be at risk of sleep deprivation and disorders associated with obesity and poor cardio-metabolic health, Hamilton researchers have found…Using fitness trackers, the team monitored the sleep duration and compared that to the youth’s videogame usage. The data showed that videogame addiction symptoms resulted in shorter sleep which, in turn, was related to elevated blood pressure, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high triglycerides, and high insulin resistance…”This is an important phenomenon to understand…It affects a vulnerable population of children and youth, can impact social interactions amongst youth and, as our research shows, can drive health issues,” said Dr. Katherine Morrison, co-author of the study.”(more)

Texting In The Dark Hits Student Grades

Forbes – Nick Morrison

“Students who text in the dark get less sleep and perform worse at school than those who put down their phones when they switch off their lights. New research suggests that the sleep-delaying impact of ‘blue light’ emitted from phones is intensified in the dark, and results in students feeling sleepier during the day and performing worse in tests. In contrast, texting before lights out was found to have no impact on academic performance. The study adds to a small but growing body of evidence on the importance of sleep for teenage brains, suggesting it should be given the same weight as nutrition and exercise in promoting healthy bodies and minds.”(more)