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Martin Burrett

Teens need vigorous physical activity and fitness to cut heart risk - 10 views

    "Guidelines for teenagers should stress the importance of vigorous physical activity and fitness to cut the risk of heart disease, new research suggests. Current NHS guidelines say people aged 5 to 18 should do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day to improve their current and future health. But in a study of adolescents aged 12 to 17, University of Exeter researchers found significant differences between the effects of moderate activity (such as brisk walking) and vigorous activity (activity that leaves people out of breath, such as team sports or running around a playground)."
Martin Burrett

Phone-addicted teens are unhappy - 21 views

    "Happiness is not a warm phone, according to a new study exploring the link between adolescent life satisfaction and screen time. Teens whose eyes are habitually glued to their smartphones are markedly unhappier, said study lead author and San Diego State University and professor of psychology Jean M. Twenge."
Jeff Andersen

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? - The Atlantic - 13 views

    ne day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone-she's had an iPhone since she was 11-sounding as if she'd just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. "We go to the mall," she said. "Do your parents drop you off?," I asked, recalling my own middle-school days, in the 1980s, when I'd enjoy a few parent-free hours shopping with my friends. "No-I go with my family," she replied. "We'll go with my mom and brothers and walk a little behind them. I just have to tell my mom where we're going. I have to check in every hour or every 30 minutes."
Maureen Greenbaum

The Digital Disparities Facing Lower-Income Teenagers - The New York Times - 34 views

  • Teens and tweens, for instance, generally reported spending much more time watching television than they did on social media.
  • Black teenagers spent a daily average of eight hours and 26 minutes on screens for entertainment purposes, according to the report. That was two hours and eight minutes more than their white peers. Within that screen time, black teenagers spent most of their time — an average of about four hours daily — on smartphones, compared with about three hours for Hispanic teenagers and two hours for white teenagers.
Greg Limperis

Six ways to keep teenagers safe online | Macworld - 51 views

    Some good guidance and some technical steps you can take. But the biggest takeaway is to be involved with your child, talk to them about your expectations, and spend time unplugged.
Roland Gesthuizen

Sexting Among Teens Means Risk [STUDY] - 26 views

    ""No one's actually going to get a sexually transmitted disease because they're sexting," Dr. Eric Rice, a researcher from the School of Social Network at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, told Reuters. "What we really wanted to know is, is there a link between sexting and taking risks with your body? And the answer is a pretty resounding 'yes.'" "
Roland Gesthuizen

New Statistics: The Rise of Smartphones, Apps and the Mobile Web « INFOdocket - 54 views

    • Roland Gesthuizen
      nteresting case for BYOD and making things accessible on mobile platforms.
    The majority of 25-34 and 18-24 year olds now own smartphones (64% and 53% respectively);
Steve Ransom

Course: Teenagers, Legal Risks and Social Networking Sites - 49 views

    Further evidence (as if we needed it) that all educators need to be addressing these issues in targeted and developmentally appropriate ways.
Rob Weston

Texting teenagers are proving 'more literate than ever before' - Times Online - 88 views

  • using colloquial words, informal phrases and text-messaging shorthand — such as m8 for ‘mate’, 2 instead of ‘too’ and u for ‘you’.
    • Rob Weston
      Increased use of colloquial words in written exams.
  • Despite this, the two-year study found that today’s teenagers are using far more complex sentence structures, a wider vocabulary and a more accurate use of capital letters, punctuation and spelling.
    I know it's an old article but it's interesting to have a study on literacy in this post-texting world.
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