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Connected but Alone

Connected but Alone

Facebook. Twitter. Second Life. “Smart” Phones. Robotic Pets. Robotic Lovers. What don’t we use computers for? Sherry Turkle, the director of MIT’s Initiative on Technology and Self, describes in her book Alone Together a population more at ease with technologies than...

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Distressed Teens

Distressed Teens

A large-scale study has been tracking teens in Ontario for the last 20 years. One-third of students in the recent survey were found to have moderate to severe symptoms of psychological distress. The higher up the grades the worse the situation. “We are creating...

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Beware the Slenderman

Beware the Slenderman

A digital bogeyman – the stuff of nightmares – has gained traction on the internet. The Slenderman is an online faceless monster linked to real life crimes. “The fact that he is crowd-sourced really shows that the facelessness is what is so appealing because we can...

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Growing Up Digital

Growing Up Digital

Read this three part series on the ways new technology is impacting kids and teens: Growing up digital: How the Internet affects teen identity. Part one: How digital culture is changing the way kids play Part two: How digital screens are changing the way we read Part...

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Teen Zombie Syndrome

Teen Zombie Syndrome

Teen zombies walk among us and they can’t be cured! Problem behaviours related to sleep loss: More risk-taking. Less self-control (emotional volatility). Drop in school performance. Drop in school attendance. Neuron growth in the brain hampered – leads to decrease in...

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Teenage Whirlwind

Teenage Whirlwind

Teenage Whirlwind Our students face severe challenges such as: Depression Loneliness Bullying Alcohol abuse Disordered eating These are the signals given by youth when they feel overwhelmed. Safeguard not only vulnerable youth, but also all youth. Be proactive by...

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Music Heals

Music Heals

“So all I really want is for some 16 year-old kid who’s down and out to put on a song that I helped make and feel inspired to keep going and be happy.” – The Strumbellas frontman Simon Ward Some line samples from “Spirits,” the first single on HOPE, the band’s new...

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Teens Deserve a Voice

Teens Deserve a Voice

There is no doubt we need to pay attention to the health of teens, individually and collectively. A new report from the World Health Organization, entitled Health of the Worlds’ Adolescents: A Second Chance in the Second Decade, hopes to encourage that the teen voice...

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Teens and Anxiety

Teens and Anxiety

Dr. Brian Goldman’s CBC show White Coat, Black Art recently investigated teen anxiety in the episode The Age of Anxiety. Among other highlights, Dr. Goldman includes author and psychologist Jean Twenge’s comments about the links between a kid’s smartphone and anxiety....

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Irresistible Technology

Irresistible Technology

In his book “Irresistible: The Rise Of Addictive Technology And The Business Of Keeping Us Hooked, Adam Alter explains how we can mitigate their most damaging effects on our well-being and the health and happiness of our children. So many of today’s products are...

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Brain Hacking

Brain Hacking

Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction – an age in which half the American population is addicted to at least one behavior. We obsess over our emails, Instagram likes and Facebook feeds; we binge on TV episodes and YouTube videos; we work longer hours each year;...

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New Territory

New Territory

We are in new territory. Computers, tablets and smartphones are here to stay. Considering all of the conflicting advice, will your teen turn out to be an internet-enhanced genius or a smartphone-addled addict? Or will such a distinction soon not exist anymore? David...

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Comments From Experts

Comments From Experts

Warning! Schools can damage your health. Alienation from school can impact behaviour. Traditional school health education is not sufficient to tackle promotion of healthy lifestyles. Changes have to be made to the school environment and ethos. There is a need to reach...

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