Season 01 : Episode 07 : Kids, Mental Health, & Devices : increased device time equals diminished mental health

Episode Summary

Internet Safety Podcast: Screen time directly impacts your child’s mental health via loneliness, depression and anxiety. Children on screens show physical changes in brain structures, impacted brain development, and lower educational outcomes.

We’re going to review the data and studies (centered on teens) which show, clearly, that higher device time equals higher rates of depression and anxiety. Then, we’ll review tips and tricks for parents and educators. Plus I’ll tell you why I WAY prefer Dunkin Donuts coffee to Starbucks coffee.

  • How the pandemic has impacted time management
  • Lessons learned from the stay at home order
  • We are all expendable
  • Time is the only constant in life
  • Time is the only currency that matters
  • Allocating our “time expenses”
  • Dunkin Donuts coffee versus Starbucks coffee
  • Increased content consumption because of the pandemic
  • Increased device time because of the pandemic
  • Why I can’t watch national morning shows anymore
  • How news delivery had changed our tolerance for facts
  • The impact of device time on young brains
  • Children born between 1995 and 2012 are the loneliest people on the planet
  • How loneliness can shorten your life span
  • Rising rates of depression among children
  • Social media use increases rates of depression and anxiety
  • Screen time is linked to diminished mental health
  • Reading on PAPER improves mental health outcomes and improves development and health of physical structures in the brain
  • How device use impacts sleep among teens
  • Impact of device time on the brain development of preschoolers
  • Impact of device time on long-term development of 8 to 12 year olds
  • How smartphone use among adolescents may trigger ADHD like symptoms and changes the brain
  • How screen-based activities make teens less happy
  • The Unlonely Project and using creative pursuits and bibliotherapy to improve mental health
  • Tips and tricks for parents to improve the mental health of their children
  • Tips and tricks for educators to improve the mental health of their student

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