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Smartphones make great citizen research tools. We take them everywhere and they have the functions (GPS, accelerometers, camera, audio, video) to sense, share and mobilize data between consenting citizens. (Shutterstock)

How your smartphone can encourage active living

We blame electronic devices for our increasingly sedentary behaviours. So why not harness them to study our movement patterns and tackle urgent health crises?
Children understand and process more as they age, but they still require adult supervision and interaction with their use of technology. (Shutterstock)

‘Momo challenge hoax’ prompts parents to help children deal with scary media

Parents' social media sharing about the potentially harmful impact of media on children reflects underlying questions about how to best protect and nurture impressionable minds.
Teaching young people to analyze TV commercials will serve them well in other areas of life, researchers say. threerocksimages from www.shutterstock.com

3 tips: How to teach children to watch commercials more closely

Thanks to the prevalence of technology, children are exposed to thousands of commercials a year. How can parents make their children more aware of how commercials influence what they think and do?
Excess screen time for children and adolescents is linked to many negative outcomes such as obesity, language delays and antisocial behaviour. (Shutterstock)

Five tips to manage screen time this summer

School is out and screens make tempting babysitters. Follow these recommendations to allow your child some screen time without compromising their health and development.
Current guidelines state students aged five to 18 shouldn’t be spending more than two hours per day engaged in electronic media for entertainment. Shutterstock

Eight things that should be included in screen guidelines for students

Guidelines for screen use for students need to take more than just time into account. Sleep, eye health, posture and other wellbeing issues need consideration as well.
Although measures of teen and adult happiness dropped during the high unemployment rates of the Great Recession, it didn’t rebound when the economy started to improve. ASDF_MEDIA/Shutterstock.com

What might explain the unhappiness epidemic?

Changes in how we're spending our free time is a likely culprit.

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