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A smarter and science-based approach to kids and screens

Last week the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released their latest set of recommendations regarding screen time and children. After years of being warned about the toxic effects of screens on children, finally we have an evidence-based set of guidelines that may actually help educators, families, and children successfully navigate “screen time” in the digital […]

Odgers awarded Jacobs Foundation Fellowship

Candice Odgers, associate director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, has received a Jacobs Foundation Advanced Research Fellowship for 2016. Odgers, associate professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience, received one of the three Advanced Fellowships awarded for the year, drawn from a large pool of applicants from around the world. The […]

Parents’ Top Fears About Teens’ Cellphone Use — Are They Justified?

Parents’ fears about their teenagers’ heavy use of cell phones and social media may be exaggerated, according to a new report from Duke University researchers. However, there are important exceptions in the areas of cyberbullying and sleep disruption. “Each generation worries about how young people are using their time,” said Candice Odgers, associate professor in […]

Parents, don’t fret about your ‘constantly connected’ kids

While doing back-to-school shopping the other day, I was sorting through glitter glue and pencil crayons when my son turned to me with an urgent request: He “needed” a cellphone, he said, so his friends could text him. My son is 5 and does not yet know how to read. I began to laugh, but […]

The surprising cost of growing up poor in the shadow of wealth

“Poverty hurts a child’s chances of getting ahead, of thriving in school, of growing up healthy. It touches the brain and influences the air children breathe. It fundamentally affects where they live and the kind of world they’re exposed to. “We know a lot about how kids experience poverty,” says Candice Odgers, the associate director of the Center for Child and Family Policy at […]

Does City Life Pose a Risk to Mental Health?

Lower social cohesion among neighbors and higher crime rates contribute to higher rates of psychotic symptoms among urban children, a new study from researchers at Duke University and King’s College London finds. For  more, read the articles discussing the new research in Duke Today and the Scientific American.   Read the original research article here:  […]

Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?

January 4, 2016 This New York Times opinion piece reveals alarming rates of school-related depression and anxiety among American students. Nearly one in three teenagers told the American Psychological Association that stress drove them to sadness or depression — and their single biggest source of stress was school, according to the author. “Expectations surrounding education have […]

Digital Zombies?

No, Your Children Aren’t Becoming Digital Zombies Should parents be worried about smartphones and social media? A new survey of research provides encouraging news “The other day, a newspaper writer joined the chorus of angry voices about the bad effects of new technology. “There can be no rational doubt that [it] has caused vast injury.” […]

The paradox of the ghetto

“…Researchers at Duke University in America followed over 1,600 children from age five to age 12 in England and Wales. They found that poor boys living in largely well-to-do neighbourhoods were the most likely to engage in anti-social behaviour, from lying and swearing to such petty misdemeanours as fighting, shoplifting and vandalism, according to a […]

Risks and Rewards of Being an Adolescent in the Digital Age

Nearly 80 percent of U.S. adolescents now own mobile phones, and teens send an average of 60 text messages a day. But fears that so much texting is harming adolescents’ relationships may be exaggerated, write Madeleine George and Candice Odgers. In fact, studies suggest that teens’ texting enhances their relationships. Adolescents’ sleep may be suffering, […]