Research + News | Topic: Adolescent Development

Should Kids Have Smartphones? Debate Grows On Mental Health Impact

Many kids have a smartphone by age 12, and some even younger. Read the article here.

Social Media Might Be Bad For Teens’ Mental Health At Certain Age Windows

Researchers are trying to figure out who’s at risk. Read the article here.

Screen Time Terrors: 7 In 10 Parents Fear Their Kids Are Becoming ‘Internet Zombies’

Is all that time spent on social media, gaming apps, and streaming services turning kids’ brains into mush? Read the article here.

How Digital Youth Became Unhappy – And Dangerous – Adults

How could the older and wiser ignore the dangers of adolescents’ reading fewer books and logging more screen hours? Read the article here.

Mom Pays Teen Son $1800 To Stay Off Social Media Until His 18th Birtday

“I knew for sure he was going to make it,” she said. Read the article here.

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.