Exercise and physical play improves learning

June 28, 2016  |   For parents of children,For parents of teenagers   |   Click on title to comment!

“Physical activity before, during and after school promotes scholastic performance in children and youth,” according to a new consensus statement published Monday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-exercise-kids-school-20160627-snap-story.html http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2016/05/27/bjsports-2016-096325  

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Discussion of later start time for high schools

June 27, 2016  |   For parents of teenagers,For teens   |   Click on title to comment!

Boston City Councillors will be holding a hearing to discuss a later start time for high schools: Will Boston Public Schools adopt later high school start times?

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Reinforcement versus punishment to shape behavior

June 21, 2016  |   For parents of teenagers   |   Click on title to comment!

A new study published in PLOS Computational Biology finds that adolescents learn and respond better when their behavior is tied to seeking rewards, not avoiding punishments: http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004953#abstract0 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3650696/Why-bribe-teenagers-Young-people-respond-better-rewards-punishments.html  

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Teens and social media

June 15, 2016  |   For parents of teenagers   |   Click on title to comment!

A new study in the journal Psychological Science looks at the effects of digital and social media on an adolescent’s brain. The researchers found that teenagers are more enticed to “like” a social media post if it already has many “likes,” influenced by the conformity effect. The study also found that social media photos that depict risky behavior like […]

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Kids and sleep

June 15, 2016  |   For parents of children,For parents of teenagers   |   Click on title to comment!

New sleep guidelines regarding children were released from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. They include recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to the guidelines, Adequate sleep is linked with improved attention, behavior, learning, mental and physical health at every age covered. Insufficient sleep, on the other hand, increases risks for obesity, diabetes, accidents, depression and in […]

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