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OPINION: Let’s help our middle schoolers learn from their digital worlds

The Hechinger Report – Candice Odgers and Jacqueline Nesi

How can digital technology help middle schoolers thrive? This is not the question we are usually asked about screen time for youth, but it should be.

As developmental scientists, we know that early adolescence — ages 10 to 13, roughly, or the middle school years — is a pivotal period for promoting positive development. The rapid physical, cognitive and social changes that happen during these years create an intense period of exploring a wider world and navigating more complex social situations.

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