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– “Teens Increasingly Choosing Screens Over Books and Reading”
* Reading is a source of learning and entertainment, as well as an activity that can be done nearly anytime, anywhere
* Research suggests 1 in 3 high school-aged teens no longer reads even one book a year for pleasure
* Screen time for teens has tripled in the past 40 years and the average American 12th-grader spends about eight hours a day using the internet, social media, texting and TV; this figure does not include classroom, homework or job-related screen use
* Modeling good reading habits to your child and reading to them daily beginning in infancy is the best way to instill in them a love of books and reading, as well as helping them to develop language skills
By Dr. Mercola.
– “Even tech execs fret about their kids’ smartphone addictions”
“Like a lot of parents, Mike Herrick occasionally sees his 13-year-old daughter getting lost in her smartphone and wonders: Is technology messing with children’s brains, even as it enlightens and empowers them in ways that weren’t possible when his generation grew up?
What sets Herrick apart is his job. He is a product and engineering executive at Urban Airship, a company in Portland, Oregon, that makes online tools that send the kind of relentless notifications that can make people act like bears near a honey pot,” by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer.