In March 2018, we shared a post featuring tips that parents should keep in mind regarding their student(s)’ social media use.
As a follow-up to this previous post, I wanted to share a recent article and associated podcast entitled “Smartphones, Teens, and Unhappiness,” published by Harvard EdCast, a weekly series produced by educational thought leaders.
In the article and podcast, psychologist Jean Twenge discusses the research she conducted, which examines how smartphones affect teens’ happiness. She also provides advice on how students and adults can use smartphones in the healthiest ways.
As families set up your new routines and expectations for the school year, consider what your cell phone or smartphone policies are at home. In addition to listening to the podcast, I encourage parents to review the infographic below entitled “10 Apps Teens Are Using That Parents Need to Know,” from classroom technology blogger Appsolutely April.
As Dr. Twenge says, “This is not about taking the phone away. They are wonderful devices, but it’s limited use…Make sure the phone doesn’t become an appendage.”