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Teens and Cell Phones

Nearly 80 percent of U.S. adolescents now own mobile phones, and teens send an average of 60 text messages a day. But fears that so much texting is harming adolescents’ relationships may be exaggerated, write Madeleine George and Candice Odgers. In fact, studies suggest that teens’ texting enhances their relationships. Adolescents’ sleep may be suffering, however. Nearly 4 in 5 teenagers report sleeping with their phones in or near their bed. The article appears in CYF News, a publication of the American Psychological Association.

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Are U.S. Kids Better Off Than 20 Years Ago?

By many measures, U.S. children and teens are better off they were two decades ago, says a new Center report. The 2014 Duke Child Well-Being Index finds that rates for teen births, youth deaths, and teen drinking and smoking have fallen compared to 20 years ago. The picture for children is clouded, though, by persistently high rates of child poverty and obesity, says lead author Kenneth Land. The report tracks data about children from a wealth of national sources beginning in 1975.

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