Can media use cause teens to be unhappy with their bodies and contribute to eating disorders?

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Q: You have mentioned research showing that using certain media can make teens sad and/or anxious and that there are also studies linking negative feelings to unhealthy eating habits. Therefore, do you think that negative feelings resulting from teens’ media use, as opposed to real-life events, can lead to unhealthy eating behaviors? ~  Starving for Approval, USA… Read more »

Media Moment: Let’s get off the Moral High Ground: Tech-Distraction is a Human Problem, Not Just a Kid’s Issue

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Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! This month, Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World, and founder of Raising Digital Natives, shares her recommendations for helping children focus and avoid digital distractions. These stories are meant to help create a village square of commiserating and co-celebrating the many… Read more »