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KQED – 1.9.18
This month, investment groups owning more than $2 billion in Apple stock — including California’s teacher pension fund — called on Apple to provide young people and families with more protection from social media’s harmful side effects. Investors demanded an increase in parental monitoring capabilities, more options to reduce kids’ screen time, and for Apple to help raise awareness on issues related to “digital addiction.” The recommendations come on the heels of research examining the link between teens’ technology use and feelings of depression, isolation, and helplessness.
“The happiest teens have phones but use them < 2 hrs/day,” Jean Twenge, a San Diego State University professor whose research focuses on teens, tech, and mental health, said in a tweet welcoming the Apple investors’ actions. “More parents would buy phones if they were easier to set up safely for kids. Win-win both ethically & financially.”
EdSource – 1.1.18
As housing and living costs continue to soar, a growing number of young people encounter homelessness. Among homeless youth, many identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. In fact, LGBT youth between ages 13 to 25 are 120 percent more likely to become homeless than cisgender peers. Many become homeless after facing rejection from family, peers, or society due to sexual orientation or gender identity. Such disconnection may lead to a range of issues, including drug use, depression, and difficulty accessing mental health and related services.
“Every young person has a unique set of experiences and realities,” said Jodi Schwartz, executive director of Lyric, a nonprofit community center in San Francisco that serves LGBT youth said. “The more a young person has going on — if they’re poor, homeless, disconnected, feel oppressed because of their race or if they’re LGBT — you’re going to see increased barriers.”
John Burton Advocates for Youth – 12.11.17
In December 2017, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) released guidance informing counties of the changes under Senate Bill 1322 (Mitchell), a bill seeking to protect child survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.
SB 1322 prohibits the arrest or prosecution of a minor for crimes of soliciting or engaging in any act of prostitution for money or other consideration, or loitering with the intent to commit an act of prostitution. In November 2017, CDSS also released recommended practices for providers serving commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). Under SB1322, commercially sexually exploited children may come under the temporary custody of the court if: 1) they have an immediate need for medical care; 2) the child is in immediate danger of physical or sexual abuse; or 3) leaving the child unattended poses an immediate threat to the child’s health or safety. To read the All County Information Notice on SB 1322, follow this LINK.
The Truth About Teen Eating Disorders
US News – 1.4.18
Surge In Foster Children Amid Opioid Crisis
WBUR – 1.3.18
Female, Sexually Abused Children More at Risk for Type of PTSD
SF State News = 1.2.18
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