Smartphones: Addiction by Design


Smartphones are designed to be addictive, creating changes in brain development akin to drug abuse or alcoholism. Their unfettered use, particularly amongst adolescents, is creating a mental health crisis of unprecedented proportions. Research continues to reveal how smartphones are damaging teens' mental health and academic performance. We must act now. Parents and educators must be empowered to tackle today’s mental health crisis by keeping smartphones out of schools. This session will feature the latest research and an advocacy roadmap for taking action to ban smartphones from schools.

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  1. Attendees will develop an understanding of the highly addictive nature of smartphones and how it mimics and paves the way for other types of addiction
  2. Attendees will hear the latest research on adolescent brain development and how excessive device use has exacerbated today’s teen mental health crisis
  3. Attendees will gain insights into actionable solutions to adopt healthy device usage and create a movement to ban smartphones in schools



Isabella Perales, Account Supervisor, Finn Partners

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  • Tags: mental health, SEL
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Meet Up
  • Track: Health & Wellbeing
  • Session Focus Area K-12 Education
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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