Making school start times later may not benefit students. Photo credit: Klubovy/iStockphoto

3/31/17: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you're busy--that's why we're keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles about teen health that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed!

 

1. Video games tied to sexism in teenagers

A recent study surveyed more than 13,000 French teens and found that there was a positive correlation between video game play and a sexist view of women. Researchers say this is because women are underrepresented in video games--and when they are included, they are depicted as sex objects. 

 

2. Later school start times may be counterproductive to teen rest

New research from Harvard Medical School and the University of Surrey suggests that making school start times later (in an effort to align with teen circadian rhythms) may not actually be beneficial for students. This is because teens who get to sleep in also tend to stay up late--and therefore increase their artificial-light exposure, which can also impact circadian rhythm. One solution to this problem? Turn the lights down in the evening. 

 

3. Teen girls are defying the mean-girl stereotype on YouTube

There's now a slew of teenage girls who are defying the "mean girl" teen stereotype by posting wholesome content on YouTube channels. These teens are following in the footsteps of 13-year-old JoJo Siwa and her trademark hair bow--an emblem of self-worth and kindness that's helped her land a multi-platform deal with Nickelodeon. While some see this move as positive, others are critical of JoJo's success and the example it sets for other teens.

 

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