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Mobile Devices and Children: Limiting Screen Time

Not that long ago, children and teens read books or played games during car rides. But the introduction of tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices brought these activities to life with colorful text and 3D graphics. These devices can be educational and entertaining, but many parents wonder if screen time should be limited.

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Parents and Smartphones

We love our mobile devices. Smartphones, MP3 players and tablets are fascinating and entertaining. But are parents spending more time on their electronic devices and ignoring their children? Researchers at Boston Medical Center say it’s true. Mobile devices dominate attention More than half of American adults own a smartphone, reports Forbes magazine. It’s as if children and parents … Read Full Article

Challenges to Kids’ Vision

Ameritas invited Dr. James Divine of EyeCare Specialties in Lincoln, Neb., to share what vision challenges children face.

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Learning Through Your Eyes

Children need good vision just to have a better chance to learn. The American Optometric Association (AOA) estimates that 25 percent of school-age children have a vision problem that may affect their learning and behavior.

Good Vision Health for Children

Ameritas invited Dr. James Divine of EyeCare Specialties in Lincoln, Neb., to share why vision health is so important to children.

Kid’s Dental Days

Children’s Dental Day provides free dental services onsite at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln, Neb., to underserved children from across Nebraska.

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Sleep Deprivation and Teen Pedestrian Accidents

In a virtual-reality setting in the university’s Youth Safety Lab, the scientists simulated a pedestrian street-crossing situation. Then they evaluated the behaviors of teens crossing the street based on the number of hours of sleep they had the night before. The teens were allowed either 4 hours or 8 ½ hours of sleep.

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Are Positive or Negative Health Messages Best for Young People?

Researchers at University College London, England, recently studied this question. For years, advertisements on harmful health habits have focused on the negative aspect of risky health behaviors, including smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, texting while driving or unsafe sex.