As concerns about social media's harmful effects on teens continue to rise, platforms from Snapchat to TikTok to Instagram are bolting on new features they say will make their services safer and more age appropriate. But the changes rarely address the elephant in the the room — the algorithms pushing endless content that can drag anyone, not just teens, into harmful rabbit holes.
As schools note more incidences of student anxiety, experts warn against being dismissive of students' worries on the one hand or of overcompensating by removing triggers that contribute to the anxiety on the other.
That's the message early childhood experts delivered Wednesday [Aug. 3] during a webinar on the importance of play in early education settings, hosted by The Hunt Institute and Trust for Learning. Rather than viewing children's play as a distraction from learning, it should be viewed as an essential vehicle for learning, the speakers said.