Students and Social Media Part 1

Dubuque IA- A warning to parents: The American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s time to crack down your kids’ use of smartphones and social media and limit kids and teens to a total of two hours a day. studies show young people are plugging in MUCH more. 8 to 10 year olds are spending nearly 8 hours a day with different media — while older children and teens are using it more than 11 hours a day.

With that being said it is no doubt that today’s youth are faced with an array of challenges, not only dealing with the concept of growing and maturing, but finding the balance between how much… is too much ? especially when it  comes to social media and technology?

Samantha Erickson is an 8th Grade Student at Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School who says: “I kind find it my only source of communication.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 75 percent of 12 to 17 year olds own cellphones — many of them with online access.

Mae Hingten is a  Behavioral Specialist Dubuque Community Schools she says that  “Our middle school students even our elementary students have smartphones these days.”  »

And with such high numbers;  questions remain considering the effects this could have on the youth…

Kim Hermsen the Principal of Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School “They say that the brain development of kids is very different and that the way that they learn because their digital natives.”

Technology being so available to students has lead to problems such as cyber bullying, school woes, and obesity.

Hermsen says that she “tends to deal with more issues dealing with the immediacy of people’s responses. They think it and instantly their punching it out.”

And not only has that constant need to be connected caused communication problems but it has also brought a new meaning to extracurricular involvement as well for students.

Jimmy McDermott is an 8th Grade student at Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School who is actively involved in various sports. He says that “there are definitely kids that would like to sit inside playing on their phone then outside playing a sport or something.”

School officials say they know they can’t ban smartphones  but they are just trying to find a way to use them in a positive way. Hingten explains “Our  challenge is to meet children with where they are with their learning and figure out how we can best use those devices to blend those in with instruction.”

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