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ERIC Number: EJ1131595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2159-2020
Digital Media and Youth: A Primer for School Psychologists
Savina, Elena; Mills, Jennifer L.; Atwood, Kelly; Cha, Jason
Contemporary School Psychology, v21 n1 p80-91 Mar 2017
The growing proliferation of digital media over the past few decades has engendered both significant promise and significant concerns regarding children's development. Digital media have changed the ways young people learn, interact with others, and develop essential cognitive and social-emotional skills. This paper provides school psychologists with a comprehensive literature review about the effects of digital media on various aspects of children's functioning. It discusses the effects of digital media use on youth's physical and mental health, attention, and cognition. It further highlights risks for young people's cognitive functioning associated with multitasking and reviews the outcomes of reading on a screen vs. reading on paper. Special attention is given to the effects of digital media on youth's social-emotional functioning, including relationships with others and identity formation, and socio-emotional risks such as cyberbullying and aggressive behaviors. School psychologists are provided with recommendations on how to incorporate information about digital media in their work with parents, educators, and youth in order to promote healthy digital media use.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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