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Classrooms Balance Screen Time and Real Life Learning

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Let's face it: screens are a pervasive force in our world today, and our kids are not immune to it. Screen time for children and teens ranges from watching television shows to playing videos games to engaging with friends on social media platforms. Young people have so many options for consuming media; a recent report by Common Sense Media states that teens spend more time with media than they do in school.

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Your Teen's World of Social Media

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“With the explosion of devices and forms of content in today’s media landscape, it is increasingly challenging to measure the time youth spend and the things they do with media and technology. Media devices are portable, ubiquitous, and integrated as essential tools in young people’s lives…” Common Sense Census

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Parenting Teens in the World of Social Media

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Sometimes it may seem that every new study about social media tells us that it is bad for our kids. It leads to increases in depression and anxiety. It causes distraction and grades to fall. The temptation may be just to remove it. Take it away from your child. But realistically, social media is almost a mandatory part of the current generation's coming of age. The question for parents then, becomes: how can we support our teens in a social media world? How can we continue to parent them when they exist in a world seemingly without adults?

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