Education News for the Bond, Christian, Effingham, Fayette, and Montgomery Educational Service Region (ROE #3)
Setting Limits on Teen Technology Use At Home
In this article in Time, psychologist Jean Twenge (San Diego State University) says there is credible research linking heavy technology use with the surge in depression and other mental health issues among adolescents. Here are the limits she has established with her three children:
· No phones or tablets in the bedroom at night; the kids use real alarm clocks to wake up.
· No use of devices within an hour of bedtime; the blue light and psychological stimulation interferes with sleep.
· Device use is limited to two hours of leisure time a day, plus legitimate use for homework.
“Put That Phone Away – Now” by Jean Twenge in Time, April 1, 2019, no e-link; Twenge can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.