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Reliance on texting teens

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  • This rapid rise in texting has led to confrontation as parents and schools try to control cell phone use. At the same time, online content creates unrealistic expectations about happiness, body image, and more and more opportunities for feeling left out—which scientists now know has similar effects as physical pain. This makes sense developmentally, since the onset of puberty triggers a cascade of changes in the brain that make teens more emotional and more sensitive to their social world.
  • At Bethesda-Chevy Chase High, several students -- -- some who embrace texting and one who says he avoids it -- voice the same concern. We can allow some screen time for our teens and make sure the priority is still on in-person relationships. Please confirm that you are human.
  • Attachment to actual devices: If your phone is out of reach, will your privacy be invaded? Clutched in the hand of nearly every teen is a smartphone, buzzing and beeping and blinking with social media notifications. Teens maybe digitally savvy, but they may lack maturity. Kids become emboldened online and via text to say and do mean things they would never say in person.

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