Since moving, my teen son spends a lot of time connecting with his old friends through media instead of making new friends – what should I do?

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Q: Our family moved recently from the U.S. to Mexico for my husband’s job, and while most things have been transitioning smoothly, I am concerned that my 14-year-old son is spending too much time with screens and not enough time making friends. Since moving, he spends a lot of time Skyping or playing video games… Read more »

Media Moment: Running Dialogue

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Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! This month, Donna Lowe, of the John E. Robbins Library at Brandon University, shares how she bonds with students and hopes to inspire them by discussing music tastes and introducing them to her own favorites. These stories are meant to help create a village square of commiserating and co-celebrating… Read more »

Media Moment –Teens and Tech: The Trouble with Homework and Planning

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Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! This month, Katie A., a high school special education teacher, shares how her experiences teaching made her open to the many different processes and tools that can help students stay organized, and the important role adults play in guiding children’s use of these tools in order to facilitate their learning. These… Read more »

The Mediatrician Speaks – Talking to Teens about Distracted Driving

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Michael Rich, MD, MPH of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is “The Mediatrician”. In this episode, the Mediatrician discusses the dangers of driving while texting and the importance of talking to teens about distracted driving before they get behind the wheel. For more information and to submit… Read more »

I’m a seventh grader doing a project on how social media use affects body image – what does the research show?

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Q: I am a 7th grader working on an independent research project about whether using social media can be addictive and how using social media affects adolescent girls’ body image. What does the scientific research show? And how can I learn more about this? ~ Scrutinizing Social Media, Wellesley, MA Dear Scrutinizing, As a seventh grader,… Read more »

Media Moment: Maintaining more than a Facebook Friendship

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Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! This month, Kristelle Lavallee, CMCH’s Content Strategist, shares her experience discovering a friend’s life-altering news through social media. These stories are meant to help create a village square of commiserating and co-celebrating the many ways media intersect with the lives of children. Please comment and even submit your own… Read more »