Even a little marijuana may change teen brain, study finds

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Researchers say even one or two joints (marijuana cigarettes) cause changes in areas of the brain involved in emotion-related processing, learning and forming memories.

The study, which looked at the brains of 46 14-year-old girls and boys from Ireland, England, France and Germany, found that teenagers who reported using recreational marijuana just once or twice displayed increased volume on MRI images in numerous brain regions involved in emotion-related processing, learning and forming memories. The results of the study were published Monday in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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The drug-like effect of screen time on the teenage brain

Teenagers today have never known a world without the internet, which may be why half of all adolescents say they’re addicted to their digital devices. In her new documentary Screenagers, Dr. Delaney Ruston explores why young people are so drawn to social media and video games and what effect it’s having on their brains. Ruston joins William Brangham to share what she’s learned. (2016, PBS News Hour)

Teen Girls And Their Moms Get Candid About Phones And Social Media

Yassiry Gonzalez goes to bed early. But often she wakes up around 1 or 2 in the morning. And from then on, sometimes all the way through dawn, the New York City high school student is on her phone — on FaceTime with close friends, or looking through Instagram.

“Sometimes, I’m so tired that I’ll just fall asleep in school.” She estimates the all-nighters happen once or twice a week. And on the weekends? “There’s no sleep. No sleep.”

Looking back, 2018 may be the year that a critical mass of people started wondering: Am I spending too much time on my phone?

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The Year’s Best Hacks for Parenting Teens

Each stage of parenting has its challenges. There’s the newborn phase where you don’t know what the hell you’re doing, the toddler phase where they won’t stop screaming at you, and the school-age phase in which you have to re-learn how to do basic math in order to help them with homework.

And then, just when we feel like we’ve gotten into a good groove, they become teenagers and we have to learn how to parent all over again. Whoever coined the phrase “little kids, little problems; big kids, big problems” has been there, done that. This year, we compiled a whole bunch of hacks for parenting teens, starting off strong with this advice:

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