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Study: Too Many Structured Activities May Hinder Children's Executive Functioning

Study: Too Many Structured Activities May Hinder Children's Executive Functioning | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Children who decide for themselves how to spend their time have more highly-developed executive function, according to a new study. And those children will go on to be healthier, wealthier, and more socially stable throughout their lives.
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Dressing Provocatively: The Impression Teen Girls Make on Boys

Dressing Provocatively: The Impression Teen Girls Make on Boys | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it

as the mother of a boy, I realize that it’s my job to teach him how to respect women – no matter how much skin they show. While it’s completely normal for a boy (especially a just-going-through puberty teen) to drool over a scantily clad member of the opposite sex, it doesn’t mean that he has to treat her like she’s not a person too. Instead, us mommies of boys can talk to our sons about how to treat a girl – even if she’s showing more skin than a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.

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Gen Z: Child of our times

Gen Z: Child of our times | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
I've seen the future. And of course it's already on the web. - New Zealand Herald
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Tween Boys Are From Mars

Tween Boys Are From Mars | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it

It was the day after Christmas and my tween boy’s phone was as they say – blowing up. Even though he was well into whatever game he was currently obsessing over on Xbox, the tiny ding that signals an incoming text was going off every minute – practically on the minute. “Who is texting you so much?” I asked. “I dunno,” he replied....

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Any parent who has or has had a tween can really relate to this blog post. :) -Lon

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How To Fight The Preteen Power Struggle And Still Lose - Houston Press (blog)

How To Fight The Preteen Power Struggle And Still Lose - Houston Press (blog) | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
How To Fight The Preteen Power Struggle And Still Lose
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... school ends, and they're back to being a tolerable level of dramatic.
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5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew: Your Children Can Do More Than You Think

5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew: Your Children Can Do More Than You Think | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Teachers have a different perspective on our children — one that can help us to see them differently. They’re capable individuals, they don’t need constant feedback, and they’re learning from what we do (not what we say).
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Seven Common Struggles When Parenting Tweens

Seven Common Struggles When Parenting Tweens | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
The term "tween" generally refers to children ages eight to thirteen, or the preteen years. Parenting tweens can be particularly challenging because the are caught between being a childhood and teenage development.
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10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 - Huffington Post

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 - Huffington Post | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it

"The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012)."

 

 


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It looks like the numerous parents enabling very young extensive use of handheld gadgets by very young children is going to bite us in a very few short years. -Lon

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Allie Peck's curator insight, March 10, 1:40 PM

While I don't necessarily agree with this in the extent to which it is depicted, there are certainly parts that I wholeheartedly agree with.  Often technologies are over stimulating.  Looking at a computer screen, iPad screen, TV screen, etc. for an extended period of time causes migraines in myself and many other people that I know.  I have seen other research that suggests technology use before bed will make it difficult to fall asleep, and even aids in the development of ADD in children because there is too much to take in.  As this article points out, technology also has an increased cause in depression in adolescence.  Given all of these incredibly negative side effects, why are schools pushing towards a technology centered classroom?

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makes sense....

 

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How to create resilient children, using a 5-step process

How to create resilient children, using a 5-step process | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it

My eldest daughter (aged 11 at the time), was brimming with confidence that she’d get a main part in the school play. Given her acting skills and the fact that she goes to a private drama academy, she was sure she’d sail through her auditions. Unfortunately, she didn’t secure a main part, or even a small part and was put in the chorus group!

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Boys' health costs higher than girls – until age 14 - MarketWatch

Boys' health costs higher than girls – until age 14 - MarketWatch | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
MarketWatch Boys' health costs higher than girls – until age 14 MarketWatch The most commonly used prescription drugs for younger boys and preteens were those associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression, while...
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Bedroom TVs Linked To Weight Gain In Kids - RedOrbit

Bedroom TVs Linked To Weight Gain In Kids - RedOrbit | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Bedroom TVs Linked To Weight Gain In Kids
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The video game study included a 16-week clinical trial of preteens who were considered overweight from schools in Texas, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
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Latin American Tweens and Social Networks In... | VIMN Insights

Latin American Tweens and Social Networks In... | VIMN Insights | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Latin American Tweens and Social Networks


In July, Nickelodeon released a study on social network usage and attitudes among Latin American tweens children who are starting to adopt teen attitudes, but haven’t left the world of kids behind.
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How to have a relationship with your child as they grow

How to have a relationship with your child as they grow | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
As much as we might wish our babies would stay babies, they do have to grow up. Making sure your relationship evolves and grows with them.
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Cool at 13, Adrift at 23

Cool at 13, Adrift at 23 | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
A study finds that after early adolescence the social status of socially precocious teenagers often plummeted.
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10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
s a pediatric occupational therapist, I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years....

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Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.

Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really. | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
This belongs in the you-can't-make-up-this-stuff category.
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Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol - WKYT

Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol - WKYT | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
There's fresh evidence that many young people could be headed for heart trouble. A study of preteens in Texas found that about one-third of them had borderline or high cholesterol when tested during routine physical exams.
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‘How We Got Our First-Grade Teacher Fired’: Disturbing YouTube Videos Show Students Talking About Lies They Used

‘How We Got Our First-Grade Teacher Fired’: Disturbing YouTube Videos Show Students Talking About Lies They Used | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Not everyone can be a teacher's pet, but some students who think their instructor doesn't like them are saying they've fabricated stories to get them fired. KRIV-TV out of Houston recently conducted an investigation and found a disturbing number of YouTube videos with students describing what they've done...
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Remember the good old days when accusations were acted on under the mantra that "A Child Would Not Lie?  -Lon

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10 Things Only Parents of Tweens Understand - Babble

10 Things Only Parents of Tweens Understand - Babble | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
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10 Things Only Parents of Tweens Understand
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I'm not exactly sure why or how it happens, but sometime around the age of 8 or 9, your tween will go to bed a perfectly lovely individual and wake up the next morning seriously angry.
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Obese Pre-Teen Girls Earn Lower Grades Through Age 16 Than Healthier Peers ... - Medical Daily

Obese Pre-Teen Girls Earn Lower Grades Through Age 16 Than Healthier Peers ... - Medical Daily | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
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Obese Pre-Teen Girls Earn Lower Grades Through Age 16 Than Healthier Peers ...
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Preadolescence, commonly referred to as the "tween" years, is a developmental period marked by rapid physical and emotional change.
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Stressed Out in America: 5 Reasons to Let Your Kids Play

Stressed Out in America: 5 Reasons to Let Your Kids Play | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Play is the most natural learning style for children. They learn from play from the very first moment they shove wooden blocks into their mouths and they continue to learn through more advanced play as they grow....
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I think this applies to all of us, but especially to younger children.  Play not only fosters what is mentioned in this article, but also allows children to feel they have some control over their life - something vital to everybody.  A sense of lack of control over their own life is one of the most common traits in young people enrolled in wilderness therapy and therapeutic boarding schools. -Lon

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Frequent school moves may harm kids' mental health - MyFox Philadelphia

Frequent school moves may harm kids' mental health - MyFox Philadelphia | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Frequent school moves may harm kids' mental health
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23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Preteens who changed schools frequently when they were children are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms, a new study suggests.
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An Authoritative Guidebook For Raising Preteens And Young Adults

An Authoritative Guidebook For Raising Preteens And Young Adults | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Lon Woodbury, an Independent Educational Consultant who has worked with families and struggling teens since 1984, has recently published “Preteens and Young Adults,” the fourth book in his Parent Empowerment Series.
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Resolving Conflict, Especially for Pre-teens

Resolving Conflict, Especially for Pre-teens | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Your preteen is going through lots of changes—including where friendships are concerned. Here are some practical ways to help your preteen resolve conflict with friends.
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Tweens are like toddlers: 4 things the age groups have in common - ChicagoNow (blog)

Tweens are like toddlers: 4 things the age groups have in common - ChicagoNow (blog) | Pre-Teens | Scoop.it
Tweens are like toddlers: 4 things the age groups have in common
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It's time for another installment of ways tweens are like toddlers and vice versa.
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