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Depression, social media and teenagers

It seems young people who spend a lot of time on social media experience more  symptoms of depression. The long term Canadian study involved 3,800 teens from 2012 to 2018. It examined the young people’s various screen times and found »


‘Many obstacles’ prevent teens’ getting enough sleep, says doctor

Doctors say teenagers should get between eight and 10 hours of sleep each night but several studies suggest they are getting less than that, and that can affect their psychological state, learning and attention. Teens need sleep as do babies, »

Health, International, Society

Mobile phones: too much time for children and parents

A new poll found some perhaps not so surprising results regarding cell phone use. Some 54 per cent of teens asked said they spent too much time on their phones while two-thirds of parents were concerned over their children’s use »


Teens have rules on privacy in photo-sharing

Teenagers take many things into consideration when deciding whether to share photo online, according to research by MediaSmarts, a non-profit promoting media literacy. It says that teens are under pressure “to create very carefully constructed versions of themselves for their »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Teens at schools that start later get more sleep: study

There has been much debate in Canada about whether high schools should start later so adolescents can get more sleep. Some people argue that if school started later, teens would just go to bed later. But a new analysis of »


Advice on dealing with difficult teen years

Canadian parents are bracing themselves for the start of the new school year and the challenges many face with their teenagers. “I think that it is a really challenging stage because there are changes to the teenager’s brain that manifest »

Health, Society

Doctors advised to not talk about weight with teens

Obesity and eating disorders are prevalent in adolescents in Canada and the U.S. and the American Academy of Pediatrics has advice for doctors wanting to prevent both. A new report suggests that they avoid talking to teens about weight and »


Youth want adult support against online bullying

A new study suggests 42 per cent of Canadian youth have been cyberbullied and 60 per cent have witnessed others being bullied online. PREVNet and MediaSmarts, two anti-bullying groups, teamed up with a service provided by telecom Telus to conduct »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Eating alone is bad for teens’ heart health: study

Teenagers who eat by themselves have a greater risk of being obese and having high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to a recent study of 14 and 15-year-olds. These tendencies are likely to follow them into adulthood. Teens who »


Group warns of spike in teenage ‘sextortion’

Increasingly, Canadian teens are being coerced into taking off their clothes or performing sexual acts online, warns the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. The acts are recorded and then used to extort money or additional sexual content from the adolescent. »