By Alfonso Ramirez, Tigard High School Trauma Informed Specialist Coordinator
Smart phones are incredible tools and can be used for many educational purposes, however, they can cause harm if not used with caution. At the bottom of this page is a link for parents and families to learn how to teach young people to use their phones intentionally in a healthy way.
From the article: "The teen brain isn’t done forming and the part of the brain that manages impulse control, empathy, judgment, and the ability to plan ahead are not fully developed. This means you’re more likely to see disturbing online content or have troubling encounters; it means you’re more likely to become distracted from the important tasks at hand; it means you’re more likely to become addicted to your device than adults. When you are addicted, you will experience distraction, fatigue, or irritability when you’re not on your phone. Teens who excessively use their phone are more prone to disrupted sleep, restlessness, stress and fatigue."
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