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Smartphone Detox: How Teens Can Power Down In A Wired World

KQED News Mind/Shift – Allison Aubrey

“If the Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov were alive today, what would he say about smartphones? He might not think of them as phones at all, but instead as remarkable tools for understanding how technology can manipulate our brains. Pavlov’s own findings — from experiments he did more than a century ago, involving food, buzzers and slobbering dogs — offer key insights into why our phones have become almost an extension of our bodies, modern researchers say. The findings also provide clues to how we can break our dependence.” (more)

Screen Addiction Among Teens: Is There Such A Thing?

NPR – Anya Kamenetz

“Look up from this screen right now. Take a look around. On a bus. In a cafe. Even at a stoplight. Chances are, most of the other people in your line of sight are staring at their phones or other devices. And if they don’t happen to have one out, it is certainly tucked away in a pocket or bag. But are we truly addicted to technology? And what about our kids? It’s a scary question, and a big one for scientists right now. Still, while the debate rages on, some doctors and technologists are focusing on solutions.” (more)

Students are ‘crippled by anxiety’ and ‘crying out for help.’ Educators hear them

The Star-Telegram – Sandra Engelland

“Phrases like “I want to die” or “they’d be better off without me” are being echoed too often by students and Keller school district officials are developing a framework for social and emotional learning to help. “There’s definitely been an uptick in kids who are just crippled by anxiety and feeling overwhelmed,” said Shannon Jenkins, coordinator of elementary counseling for the Keller district. “They’re crying out for help in the only way they know how.” Sometimes the kids give in to their pain.” (more)

Sleepy U.S. teens are running on empty

UPI – Steven Reinberg

“Nearly 58 percent of middle school students in nine states and almost 73 percent of high school students across the country don’t get the recommended amount of nightly shuteye, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Children and adolescents who don’t get enough sleep are at increased risk for obesity, diabetes, injuries, poor mental health, and attention and behavior problems, which can affect them academically,” said report author Anne Wheaton, a CDC epidemiologist.” (more)

‘Depression education’ effective for some teens

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“In an assessment of their “depression literacy” program, which has already been taught to tens of thousands, Johns Hopkins researchers say the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) achieved its intended effect of encouraging many teenagers to speak up and seek adult help for themselves or a peer. The program provides selected high school teachers a curriculum geared to students in ninth or 10th grade in the required health education classes.” (more)

A parent’s guide to why teens make bad decisions

Medical X-Press – James Mccue

“From getting beyond drunk at a friend’s party, to some seriously questionable outfit choices, teenagers often do things that seem outlandishly stupid. But we now know why: the areas of the brain that control decision-making don’t fully develop until early adulthood. A teen’s developing brain places them at greater risk of being reactive in their decision-making, and less able to consider the consequences of their choices. So how can parents help their teenagers learn and apply good decision-making skills?.” (more)