Research + News | Topic: Adolescent Development

Porn Addiction And Kids – Neuropsychologist Reveals Who Is Most Vulnerable

Kristen Jenson of Defend Young Minds interviews Dr. Mateusz Gola about problematic pornography use and the latest neuroscience of addiction. Access the interview here.

What’s One Of The Most Dangerous Toys For Kids? The Internet

Ff we adults are seemingly powerless in the face of such digital temptation, where does that leave our kids? Read the article here.

The Question We’ve Stopped Asking About Teenagers And Social Media

Should they be using these services at all? Read the article here.

Joining Social Media Before Age 11 Is Associated With Problematic Digital Behaviors

A new study published in Computers in Human Behavior found that using Instagram or Snapchat before age 11 was significantly related to more problematic digital behaviors compared to those who joined these platforms when they were older. Read the article here.

Physical Activity Protects Children From The Adverse Effects of Digital Media On Their Weight Later In Adolescence

A recently completed study shows that six hours of leisure-time physical activity per week at the age of 11 reduces the risk of being overweight at 14 years of age associated with heavy use of digital media. Read the article here.

Teens: Dealing With Serious Issues In The Age Of Social Media

Teens are talking about some heavy topics online. Read the article here.

Instagram For Kids?! 3 Red Flags Every Parent Should Consider

Protect Young Minds provides reasons that Instagram for kids is not developmentally age-appropriate. Read the article here.

Facebook Is Working On An Instagram For Kids

Vishal Shah, Instagram’s vice president of product, reportedly announced the initiative in a Facebook post for employees. Read the article here.

Study Shows Stronger Brain Activity After Writing On Paper Than On Tablet Or Smartphone

Unique, complex information in analog methods likely gives brain more details to trigger memory. Read the article here.

Preschoolers With Too Much Screen Time Struggle Making Friends, Have Shorter Attention Spans

Technology may help older children and adults connect with the world, but for toddlers, too much screen time may be doing lasting harm before they even enter school. Read the article here.