Smartphones, Social Media & Teens:  The Impacts

Smartphone technology and social media use have revolutionized adolescence in the 21st century.  As the teen market is saturated with smartphones (over 80% of teens own one), the implications of their use are only now coming to light as research begins to uncover the impacts.

The Greenspire School is proud to be a screen-free environment during school hours.  However, the negative impacts of smartphones and social media continue to harm many of our students during off-hours.  We are alarmed by what we are seeing in a small minority of our students and hope to persuade parents to delay smartphone purchases for their students until after middle school.

We offer the following resources to help parents educate themselves about the dynamics at play online via social media and smartphones.  

Simon Sinek on how social media harms children:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL8AsaEJDdo

 

Screenagers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQx2X0BXgZg)

Being Thirteen

https://www.cnn.com/specials/us/being13

How is Your Phone Changing You?

Five Ways Social Media is Changing Your Brain

Resources 

Instagram is Ruining Your Life!

The Instragram Lie

Manipulation

iPhone Restrictions Made Easy

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