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Hamlin Hosts Common Sense Media Teen Panel

On January 15 a large group of Grade 8 students from schools all over San Francisco (including Kinnari A. and Chloe H. from Hamlin) shared thoughts about their media use. The event was facilitated by Dana Blum from Common Sense Media.

Since 2003, Common Sense has been the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. Every day, millions of parents and educators trust Common Sense reviews and advice to help them navigate the digital world with their kids. Together with policymakers, industry leaders, and global media partners, we’re building a digital world that works better for all kids, their families, and their communities.

The panelists addressed several topics. Below are some of the items that were discussed:

-The use of social media platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok

-The drawbacks of anonymous posting on social media

-The allure of watching videos for entertainment and connectivity

-The addictive aspects of online apps and websites

-The use of click bait to keep young people online

-The positive aspects of learning to build a computer and play a ukulele using tutorial videos on YouTube

-The downside of phone usage in terms of sleep deprivation

-The connection between excessive media use and anxiety/depression

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