Sophie Speidel

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Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!)

A teenage brain is a fascinating, still-changing place. There's a lot going on: social awareness, risk-taking, peer pressure; all are heightened during this period.<p>Until relatively recently, it was thought that the brain was only actively developing during childhood, but in the last two decades, …

Middle School

It’s Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana’s Risks

The benefits and harms of medical marijuana can be debated, but more states are legalizing pot, even for recreational use. A new evaluation of marijuana’s risks is overdue.<p>Last year, the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine and Engineering released a comprehensive report on cannabis use. At …

Cannabis

How Do Young People Really Feel about Technology?

When I was interviewing college students about technology, one young woman told me how—after getting mugged for her smartphone on a Chicago bus—she …

Is Your Body Appropriate to Wear to School?

It started with a sunburn.<p>Lizzy Martinez, 17, a junior at Braden River High School in Bradenton, Fla., had been swimming and tanning all weekend at a water park in Orlando. But when Monday morning came and she had to get dressed for school, Lizzy’s bra felt painfully constricting on her burned skin.<p>…

School Administration

The Formaldehyde in Your E-Cigs

Recently, there has been a shift away from calling e-cigarettes “e-cigs.” In public health circles, people now tend to call them by what they do: deliver nicotine to the inhaler. Thus, the term Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, ENDS for short, has come into vogue.<p>But I have a problem with that …

To Raise Resilient Kids, Be a Resilient Parent

As parents, we want our children to be emotionally resilient — able to handle life’s ups and downs. But parents’ ability to foster resilience in our children hinges a great deal on our own emotional resilience.<p>“A parent’s resilience serves as a template for a child to see how to deal with …

Are Today’s Teenagers Smarter and Better Than We Think?

Today’s teenagers have been raised on cellphones and social media. Should we worry about them or just get out of their way?<p>A recent wave of student protests around the country has provided a close-up view of Generation Z in action, and many adults have been surprised. While there has been much …

Middle School

‘I Can’t Stop’: Schools Struggle With Vaping Explosion

The student had been caught vaping in school three times before he sat in the vice principal’s office at Cape Elizabeth High School in Maine this winter and shamefacedly admitted what by then was obvious.<p>“I can’t stop,” he told the vice principal, Nate Carpenter.<p>So Mr. Carpenter asked the school …

Everyone Is Going Through Something | by Kevin Love

O<p>n November 5th, right after halftime against the Hawks, I had a panic attack.<p>It came out of nowhere. I’d never had one before. I didn’t even know if …

Mental Health

Are iPhones Bad for Kids?

<b>THE ART OF SCREEN TIME</b> <b><br>How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life</b><br>By Anya Kamenetz<br>266 pp. PublicAffairs. $27.<p><b>BE THE PARENT, PLEASE</b> <b><br>Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat</b><br>By Naomi Schaefer Riley<br>251 pp. Templeton Press. $24.95.<p>There’s one in every neighborhood: a parent who allows …

Teenagers Are Sexting — Now What?

Our lives these days are intertwined with our digital devices, for good or for ill. That includes adolescent romantic and sexual relationships of all kinds — happy, tragic, mutual, one-sided, healthy, abusive.<p>And experts say that rather than being shocked to find that kids are sexting, we should …

Parent’s Guide to Social Media Use for Kids

Even though they’re no longer a couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie both recently confirmed they put safety measures on the Internet to provide …

When a Stress Expert Battles Mental Illness

Last August, I was in New York City doing media spots for my book, <i>Peak Performance</i>. In between interviews, I went on a long run in Central Park and didn’t eat or drink enough afterward. I went to meet a friend for dinner, but the place turned out to be a bar without a real kitchen. I had a stiff …

The Brain

E-Cigarettes and Young People: A Public Health Concern | CDC Features

E-Cigarettes and Young People: A Public Health Concern<b> Talk with teens and young adults you know about the dangers of e-cigarette use.</b>E-cigarettes, …

What Do Anxious Teens Need?

We’re in a moment where anxiety is running rampant, spreading like an epidemic among adolescents. The rise of anxiety is burdening schools and …

Harvard

Coping Skills for Anxious Times

Contraception for Teenagers

Although teenage pregnancies and birthrates in the United States have been declining steadily since 1990, the nation still leads the developed world in these challenging statistics.<p>I say challenging because 82 percent of teen pregnancies and births are unplanned and nearly always unwanted. They …

What teens wish their parents knew about social media

When teens were asked, recently, if they believe their parents know “a little” or “nothing” about what they do or say online, or even what social-media apps and sites they use, more than a quarter of them agreed.<p>After visiting schools around the country, it seems to me they’re likely giving their …

Social Media

Cool-Looking and Sweet, Juul Is a Vice Teens Can’t Resist

On the day she turns 18, Lady Bird, the title character of Greta Gerwig’s much-praised film, goes to a convenience store and buys a lottery ticket, a copy of Playgirl and a pack of cigarettes. “Lady Bird’’ is set in the first years of the current millennium, and the fact that its heroine …

How to Talk With Teenagers About Vaping

E-cigarettes are only the latest entrant into the longstanding category of perils we might wish for our teenagers to avoid. Vaping — using an electronic cigarette to inhale vapor infused with flavor, nicotine, both or neither — holds promise as a path <i>away</i> from the harms of conventional cigarettes. …

Why Isaiah Wilkins decided not to stay quiet when he struggles

If there is one constant about Isaiah Wilkins, it is the way he plays: relentless hustle on defense, unselfish awareness on offense, the consummate …

What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn

Drew was 8 years old when he was flipping through TV channels at home and landed on “Girls Gone Wild.” A few years later, he came across HBO’s late-night soft-core pornography. Then in ninth grade, he found online porn sites on his phone. The videos were good for getting off, he said, but also …

Public Health

‘Juuling’: The most widespread phenomenon you’ve never heard of

<i>Sign up to receive breaking news alerts from the Globe http://bos.gl/2RQPbTu</i><p>A new front has opened in the never-ending game of cat and mouse between …