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More teens and young adults — particularly girls and young women — are reporting being depressed and anxious, compared with comparable numbers from the mid-2000s. Suicides are up too in that time period, most noticeably among girls ages 10 to 14. These trends are the basis of a scientific controversy. One hypothesis that has gotten a lot of traction is that with nearly every teen using a smartphone these days, digital media must take some of the blame for worsening mental health. But some researchers argue that this theory isn't well supported by existing evidence and that it repeats a "moral panic" argument made many times in the past about video games, rap lyrics, television and even radio, back in its early days.
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Point: Laptops are a menace, undermining how students take notes in class and distracting not only those using them but also their neighbors.
Counterpoint: Laptops are a lifeline, allowing students with disabilities to participate fully in class.
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Teaching children coding is a waste of time, the OECD’s education chief has said, as he predicts the skill will soon be obsolete...“Every day there is a new idea that we think is terribly important today, and we don't think the future will be different,” he said.
Mr Schleicher said a lot of topics taught in the past have no relevance in today's education system, and that the trick is to teach fewer things in greater depth.
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Parents should not allow children to take phones and other electronic devices into their bedrooms or use them during mealtimes, the UK’s leading doctors have said.
“Time spent online can be of great benefit to children and young people, providing opportunities for learning and skills development, as well as allowing young people to find support and information,” said Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England.
“But we need to take a precautionary approach, and our advice will support children to reap these benefits and protect them from harm.”
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There is a growing body of evidence indicating that the smartphone and similar devices, and the social media use that they support, are having bad effects on our kids, who have become pretty much dependent on them over the last decade.
While rates of depression and other indicators of mental health have been worsening for both boys and girls, there appears to a much sharper impact on females. This can be expected, as the different sexes mature in different ways. As boys grow, if they feel aggression or anger they tend to deal with it in a physical way. Their use of devices often tends towards gaming and web browsing. But girls tend to express their aggression in a social way, and these ever-present digital tools lend themselves to that.
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The overuse of technology has overtaken drugs, sex and bullying as the biggest parental worry, according to the annual Brigham Young and Deseret News American Family Survey.
Nobody actually thinks we're going to have a world without [tech]. They're aiming for that healthy relationship. A healthy relationship is you being able to have the autonomy to make good decisions. That's what we're trying to teach our kids — to make those decisions. If we make it all about here's the restrictions, the on/off switch mentality, that doesn't teach them to make smart, autonomous decisions.
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Not all screen time is created equal, but most studies to date treat it as monolithic. "That's like asking if food is good or bad for you, and in the end, questions like that will never help us," Orben says. "We need to stop the debate about the effect of generic tech use on well-being and open space for more and better research about the kind of technologies people are using, who's using them, and how."
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