Peer relationships actually get worse the more you use your phone. Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University, reached similar conclusions in In her study, Twenge discovered that students who spend more time using smartphones and other electronic devices are less satisfied with their lives than students who frequently engage in face-to-face interaction. Yet too many teens, according to these experts, are substituting real life interactions for instagram posts, and paying the price. Because research into social media and education is still generally in its infancy, many educators are still trying to fully understand the effects of these technologies.
Teens sleep longer, are more alert for homework when school starts later
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Patti Neighmond. Teens' biological clock drives them to stay up late and sleep in. Most school start times don't accommodate that drive. Many American teenagers try to put in a full day of school, homework, after-school activities, sports and college prep on too little sleep. As evidence grows that chronic sleep deprivation puts teens at risk for physical and mental health problems, there is increasing pressure on school districts around the country to consider a later start time. In Seattle, school and city officials recently made the shift. Beginning with the school year, the district moved the official start times for middle and high schools nearly an hour later, from a.
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Preliminary findings from a new study of middle school and high school students suggest that they got more sleep and were less likely to feel too sleepy to do homework after their district changed to later school start times. In fall , the Cherry Creek School District in Greenwood Village, Colorado, delayed school start times for middle school by 50 minutes changing from 8 a. Results show that one year after the change, self-reported sleep on school nights was 31 minutes longer among middle school students and 48 minutes longer among high school students. Meltzer, Ph. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that middle schools and high schools should start at a.
The Museum offers a wide variety of learning activities--from drop-in workshops to multi-week courses--for young people and teens. Some programs are offered in partnership with specific schools and community organizations, while others are open to the public. The Museum hosts regular free design jams for teens. Twice a month on Friday afternoons, teens ages 14 and up are invited to come hang out, get exclusive access to the Museum, and experiment with new tools while solving design challenges.