Episode 1

Mobile Phones

In this podcast, Todd and Julie Fisher discuss the mental health challenges that devices pose for young people. Increasingly, young people are getting phones at earlier and earlier ages. Common Sense Media’s 2019 Media Use by Tweens and Teens Census found that tweens (ages 8-12) spend nearly 5 hours a day on their devices (not including schoolwork) and teens (ages 13-18) spend over 7 hours a day on their devices (not including schoolwork). In the last 4 years, from 2015-2019, smartphone ownership has risen from 11% to 19% for 8-year-olds and from 41% to 69% for 12 year-olds. Social media sites make the problem even more challenging given the direct link between social media use and the increasing mental health crisis. In an essay published in the Atlantic, researcher Jean Twenge posits that screen time and social media are direct causes of the increasing anxiety rate among young people. Todd and Julie discuss the problem and solutions for parents which include setting a “screen time” schedule or restricting phone time to certain times only. Todd and Julie discuss parenting solutions to help you help your kids navigate their digital world.

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Source: The Higher Education Research Institute