Friday 5: Kids & Teens
Here’s What We’ve Been Reading To Support Your Family’s Mental Health
This Edition: College applications, first cell phones, and a great youtube resource for your tween!
- Is your child getting ready to head off to college? Are you tempted to “help” them with their essay? Not so fast! Check out this article from a college admissions counselor about what she is looking for in a college essay, and one telltale sign that an overzealous parent wrote it! (New York Times)
- Today, the average age a child gets their first cell phone is 10. By the teenage years, 95 percent of kids have access to a smartphone. Tweens and teens can struggle with making smart choices with technology, especially late at night. Check out this article about why cell phones and sleepovers are a bad mix. (Washington Post)
- There is a growing body of evidence pointing to elevated risks for anxiety, depression, and substance abuse among high-achieving kids. How to dial back stress for overly-driven kids. (NPR)
- Check out the youtube channel, “Wellcast” for your tween or early teen! In this quirky, animated show, they explore the physical, mental and emotional paths to wellness. I especially like the playlists on body image, stress relief and self-esteem! (Wellcast)
- Do you have a tween or teen stuck in negativity? Psychological research shows that what we think has a powerful influence on how we feel and how we behave. Research also shows that these thoughts can be changed.