skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Friday, June 14, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The Supreme Court throws out a Trump-era ban on gun bump stocks; a look at how social media algorithms and Shakespearian villains have in common; and states receive federal funding to clean up legacy mine pollution.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

Curbing Excessive Online Time for Teens

play audio
Play

Tuesday, August 22, 2023   

Over the next couple of weeks, kids across Minnesota will head back to school. Addiction specialists say now is a good time for parents to address any concerning behavior in their child's online habits. Internet addiction is not formally recognized yet in a key reference tool from the American Psychiatric Association.

But Dr. Sara Polley, Minnesota-based child & adolescent psychiatry specialist and director of addiction psychiatry at Ellie Mental Health, feels it will eventually be considered a disorder. For adolescents, being on social media too much can be harmful to brains that are still developing, she said. So, if they have been spending a lot of time online this summer, parents need to re-establish healthy habits.

"It's really helpful to discuss with your family a media plan that applies to both the children in the family and the parents in the family, with potentially specific times set aside for use of social media or use of the internet not related to completing school assignments," she explained.

She also recommended "tech-free zones" in places like the kitchen, in hopes of sparking more family conversations. If your teen becomes combative when asked to limit screen time or is becoming socially withdrawn and only prefers to be online, Polley said it is time to seek advice from a family doctor or mental health professional.

Polley added pushing above the "three-hours-a-day" mark of social media use can put adolescents at greater risk for depression and anxiety. It can also prevent them from getting a good night's sleep, making the back-to-school transition problematic.

"And when I ask young people, 'What are you doing when you're up late at night?' - nearly 100% of the time, they say that they're on their computer, they're using social media, they're watching videos on YouTube." she continued. "And that can make it really difficult for them to do what they need to do during their usual full-time job, which is going to school."

Other experts worry the effects could result in disruptive behavior in the classroom. Middle school and high school students are often sent home with tablets and laptops for school use. They might come with settings limiting what can be done online, but Polley said it is still good for parents to set their own boundaries. Those could include only allowing the devices to be used in the living room, or making sure they are placed in backpacks when homework is completed.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
The wells providing water on Santee Tribal lands had manganese levels more than 50 times greater than what is considered safe for adults. Excessively high manganese can cause problems with memory, attention and motor skills. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Members of the Nebraska Santee Sioux Tribe hope a solution to their five-year water ordeal may be on the way. Their tap water has been unusable for …


play sound

Hurricane season is here, and conservationists are shining a light on the role salt marshes play in protecting coastal North Carolina communities…

Social Issues

play sound

This weekend, Father's Day will be tough for children with a dad in jail or prison. More than 200,000 kids in Michigan have had an incarcerated …


Social Issues

play sound

Local election administrators have new guidance from Wisconsin's highest court on alternative early voting sites. A political expert says the timing …

Between 2017 and 2022, Minnesota saw a more than 30% increase in farm acres planted with cover crops. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

When Minnesota farmers watch their crops grow this summer, some will monitor land that has better soil health. It's because of a fairly popular …

Environment

play sound

West Virginia will receive $140 million to clean up legacy pollution in regions decimated by decades of coal mining. The money is part of $725 …

Environment

play sound

Close to 200 events are planned now through Sunday at California state parks for the third annual State Parks Week. The events advance Gov. Gavin …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021