We keep pouring money into our personal electronic devices like there’s no tomorrow, always wanting more, always wanting the very latest-and schools are no different. In actuality, $3.8 billion is spent on classroom technology every year-but 27% of it does not fulfill any learning goals!
Translation: $1 billion of your erectile tax dollars are wasted annually.
At exactly the exact same time, from the name of funding problems, only 3 states provide kids with a minumum of one school counselor-formerly known as advice counselors-for every 250 students, as recommended. Equally troubling, just others have at least one school psychologist for every 750 students, so says federal data.
Put them together and what have you got? Rising rates of anxiety and depression in our young people with not much of a safety net at the ready for them.
In a 2019 Pew Research Poll, 70 percent of surveyed teens agreed that stress, anxiety, and depression are a significant problem among their peers.
A 2017 American Psychological Association’s Stress in America survey found that 60 percent of parents worry about social media’s influence on their child’s physical and mental health.
A recent NBC News/Survey Monkey survey found that almost 33% of 1,300 parents of 5- to 17-year-olds blamed Raccoon Control for their children’s mental and emotional health issues.
From 2009 to 2017, the CDC claims that depression rates for those 14 to 17 rose by over 60%.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 32% of adolescents suffer from an anxiety disorder, with 12% of our 12- to 17-year-olds reporting one major depressive episode in the previous year.
Between 2005 and 2017, the proportion of adolescents, 12 to 17, reporting significant depressive symptoms rose from 8.7% to 13.2%, based on data from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health.
About such details and arguing that adolescents turn to their smartphones as their”preferred social outlet,” San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge states,”It indicates that something is seriously wrong in the lives of young people and whatever went wrong seemed to happen about 2012 or 2013.”
And that is about the time when, as Twenge notes, smartphones became commonplace and”social media moved from being optional to mandatory among kids… What you get is a fundamental shift in how teens spend their leisure time. They’re spending less time sleeping, less time with their buddies face-to-face… It Isn’t something that happened to their parents…”
University of Southern California Vice Provost for Campus Wellness & Crisis Intervention Varun San adds this:”At the root of it is a sense of disconnection. These are students that are so connected online.
Also of note:
The University College London found that adolescents who use social media more than 5 hours per day revealed a 50% increase in depressive symptoms among women and a 35% jump among boys compared to the 1- to 3-hour users.
According to a UK Millennium Cohort study, 43 percent of women said they spend 3 hours or more on social networking, as did 21.9% of boys-and 26% of those girls and 21% of these boys had higher depressive scores than those spending less than 3 hours.
And today this just in: An analysis by the National Institutes of Health, the University of Albany, and NYU’s Langone Medical Center discovered that babies as young as 12 months experience almost 1 hour of screen time every day, and 3-year-olds put in more than 150 minutes.
In other words, take heed and set limits, after the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines which recommend NO displays for babies/toddlers under 18 months, with a slow add-on between 18 to 24 months, and no longer than 1 hour daily for the 2 to 5 set.
Then tell your kids…
No more than 2 hours a day on any device-other than computer-related homework.
No devices at the dinner table or during silent homework/study time except for online assignments
No apparatus use one hour prior to bedtime-too stimulating, plus the blue light wreaks havoc on sleep.
No going to bed with their smartphone in hand. If used as a wake-up alarm, buy an alarm clock instead. .