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Nebo School District to host presentation on how stress is impacting teenagers

Nov 01, 2019 02:23PM

Nebo School District will host a presentation on how stress is changing the teenage brain on Nov. 4 at Maple Mountain High School and Nov. 18 at Spanish Fork High School. Both presentations will begin at 7 p.m.

Dr. Christy Kane will discuss issues impacting teenagers today that were unheard of in the 1980s that increase anxiety and depression. Kane believes the cultural differences brought upon by technology are affecting the development of the teenage brain.

The amount of screen time as well as other expectations being put on teenagers have brought on new levels of increased stress. As evidence, the doctor offers some staggering statistics:

In the 1980s, teenagers spent three to four nights a week with friends. Whereas today, the average is only one night a week.

In the 1980s, more teens were involved in after-school activities, were concerned about obtaining their driver’s license, and were working for a wage by the age of 16. Whereas today, this is just not happening.

Children in the 1980s spent more than eight hours playing outside on the average per week. Whereas today, it’s less than four hours playing outside.

Kane believes that not exercising outside is one reason that the child’s brain is overloaded. Children are not getting the chance to de-stress. Kane believes there are multiple strategies that help students de-stress and will discuss them during her presentation. (Serve Daily submission by Lana Hiskey.)