I recently co-hosted a webinar, At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools, with my colleague Dr. Douglas Reeves from Creative Leadership Solutions. After the webinar, Doug and I received the following question from Dr. Catherine Smith:
What advice can you give elementary school educators who need to balance between high standards and sensitivity about children’s varying developmental levels?
Having recently seen the documentary, Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age, I was particularly struck by this article in JAMA Pediatrics that summarized a recent systematic review of 20 studies conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This meta-analysis of studies of students between the ages of 6 to 19 years – that occurred over a four-year time period (between 2011 and 2015) – tried to quantify the relationship between bedtime cell phone access and use, and kids’ overall diminished sleep quality. The link below provides more detailed information, but I’ve tried to summarize it here.
Yale University announces its participation in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study (ABCD) funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study will follow 10,000 adolescents for 10 years. Researchers will study impact of influences such as video games, social media, alcohol or drug use and sleep habits on the intellectual, social, emotional, biological and physical development of adolescents.