Just How Dangerous Are Smartphones for Kids? Here’s Why Health Experts Are Worried

This is the third comprehensive article I’ve seen published in the past month on this very important topic regarding smartphones and depression/anxiety in kids. It’s a topic that fascinates me – all sides of it – and one that I just recently started covering with students. As this article points out, there’s not enough tangible evidence available yet to actually prove cause and effect, but I think we can ALL acknowledge we’re ALL on these things way too much. This thought-provoking TIME article is well worth the read and consideration.
“It seems like every generation of parents has a collective freak-out when it comes to kids and new technologies; television and video games each inspired widespread hand-wringing among grown-ups. But the inescapability of today’s mobile devices—coupled with the personal allure of social media—seems to separate smartphones from older screen-based media. Parents, teens and researchers agree smartphones are having a profound impact on the way adolescents today communicate with one another and spend their free time. And while some experts say it’s too soon to ring alarm bells about smartphones, others argue we understand enough about young people’s emotional and developmental vulnerabilities to recommend restricting kids’ escalating phone habit.”

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ModernMom

“What’s the appropriate age to get my child their own smartphone?” It’s a question I get asked ALL the time – Thrilled to have shared my thoughts with ModernMom!

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PSA: Anyone can record and save your snaps forever on iOS 11

As an avid Apple (and Snapchat user – don’t judge), this latest iOS 11 update has a new feature which is a super important talking point for your kids. There’s a new screen recording function with this latest update which allows users to RECORD anything on their screen – yes, even a Snapchat message/pic/video – without the other person being notified. I’ve always cautioned people that Snapchat can be a little deceiving in that things can live on far beyond the 1-10 seconds they’re intended to…here’s a new little tool to double down on that cautionary Snapchat advice. #Snapchat #iOS11 #parenting

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Daily Mail

Online and offline, kindness and compassion are learned behaviors. As a parent, this is my number one goal – to have children who are kind and compassionate. This little girl made my day and I don’t even think she understands the enormity of her gesture. She just knows how to be kind. Simple.
Happy Friday.

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Suicide of teen who made sex video highlights dilemma for schools

This story is a horrible tragedy, but highlights some significant issues we should be thinking about as teen sexting continues to be a very common practice.
1. If you’re not already talking to your kids about sexting, this story should prompt you to start right away. The ramifications – not solely legal – are long-lasting and this case, horrifically tragic.
2. Sexting doesn’t discriminate. This honor roll student was using a fake app to hide the images and videos he had.
3. Schools MUST have policies in place for when these incidents come up. In my experience, not enough schools have these in place. There’s major debate on what the best practices are when these are reported, but involving the students’ parents immediately should undoubtedly be part of the process.

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