Category Archives: Teens

Digital tech bad for kids

Wisdom and a warning this morning from the New York Times – see below – connect to article here

“What makes less sense to me is why our society has done so little to protect children from the apparent damages of ubiquitous digital media. They are almost certainly larger for most children than the threat from Covid.”

Also, there was an excellent 60 Minutes piece on Sunday on the increased mental health issues youth are experiencing – via this link

May 10, 2022
Author HeadshotBy David Leonhardt
Good morning. We look at the mental health crisis facing adolescents — and the role of digital technology.
The local Boys and Girls Club in Glasgow, Ky.Annie Flanagan for The New York Times
On the phone, alone
Many measures of adolescent mental health began to deteriorate sometime around 2009. It is true of the number of U.S. high-school students who say they feel persistently sad or hopeless. It’s also true of reported loneliness. And it is true of emergency room visits for self-harm among Americans ages 10 to 19.
This timing is suspicious because internet use among adolescents was also starting to soar during the same period. Apple began selling the iPhone in 2007. Facebook opened itself for general use in late 2006, and one-third of Americans were using it by 2009.
Last month, The Times began publishing a series on adolescent mental health, and the latest piece — focusing on pediatricians who are struggling to help — has just published.
The author of the series is Matt Richtel, who has spent more than a year interviewing adolescents, their relatives and their friends. In my recent conversations with Matt about his reporting, he has gone out of his way to emphasize the uncertainty about the specific causes of the crisis, including how much of a role social media plays.
“When you look at specific research on the role of social media impacting young people, it’s quite conflicted,” he said. Some studies find that adolescents who use social media heavily are more likely to feel sad or depressed, while others find little or no effect. There is no proof that, say, TikTok or social media’s “like” button is causing the mental-health crisis.
But Matt also thinks that some of these narrow questions of cause and effect are secondary. What seems undeniable, he points out, is that surging use of digital technology has changed life’s daily rhythms.
It has led adolescents to spend less time on in-person activities, like dating, hanging out with friends and attending church. Technology use has also contributed to declines in exercise and sleep. The share of high-school students who slept at least eight hours a night fell 30 percent from 2007 to 2019, Derek Thompson of The Atlantic has noted.
Technology use is not the sole cause of these trends. Modern parenting strategies, among other factors, play a role as well. But digital technology — be it social media, video games, text messaging or other online activity — plays a strong role, many experts say.
“If you’re not getting some outdoor relief time and enough sleep — and you can almost stop at not enough sleep — any human being is challenged,” Matt said. “When you get the pubescent brain involved in that equation, you are talking about somebody being really, really challenged to feel contented and peaceful and happy with the world around them.”
The role of any specific social-media platform or behavior may remain unknown, but the larger story about American adolescents and their emotional struggles is less mysterious.
“They have too much screen time, they’re not sleeping, on phones all the time,” Dr. Melissa Dennison, a pediatrician in central Kentucky who sees many unhappy adolescents, told Matt. Dennison regularly encourages her patients to take walks outdoors or attend church.
It’s true that the decline of in-person interactions has had a few silver linings. Today’s adolescents are less likely to use tobacco, drink alcohol or get pregnant. But the net effect of less socializing is negative. Most human beings struggle when they are not spending time in the company of others.
The Covid-19 pandemic, of course, has exacerbated isolation, loneliness and depression. In December, the U.S. surgeon general warned of a “devastating” mental health crisis among America’s youth.
A 12-year-old patient of Dr. Dennison in Kentucky.Annie Flanagan for The New York Times
I find Covid to be a particularly relevant comparison. Over the past two-plus years, millions of American parents have demonstrated intense concern for their children by trying to protect them from Covid. Fortunately, Covid happens to be mild for the vast majority of children, causing neither severe illness nor long-term symptoms. One sign of that: Young children, not yet eligible for vaccination, are at considerably less risk on average than vaccinated people over 65.
Still, I understand why so many parents remain anxious. Covid is new and scary. It taps into parents’ fierce protective instincts.
What makes less sense to me is why our society has done so little to protect children from the apparent damages of ubiquitous digital media. They are almost certainly larger for most children than the threat from Covid.

New Life 5k Trail Run on 5/7 updates

From Todd Dimmick –

New teams enter the New Life 5k Trail Run on May 7th

New Life is excited to host its 5th annual Trail Run on Saturday, May 7th on the Medfield State Hospital grounds (at Hospital Rd. & Service Dr., Medfield, MA). The route winds through the beautiful Charles River Reservation, and the event is open to runners, walkers and everyone in between. Many teams have already entered the Trail Run, including A Team, Eliot Church XC, GNRC, Iwaki America, MAKT, Millis UCC on the MOVE, Shamrock Shuffle, Soles of Medfield, UCC Medfield, Unicorn Amazing, and Westwood First Parish Church. These teams include runners from across eastern Massachusetts. New teams are welcome and are easy to set up. 

To celebrate being back in person after two years of virtual runs, New Life has partnered with the Cultural Alliance of Medfield to provide live music on race day. Also, the Furniture Matters club of Medfield High School will introduce a Kids Fun Run for children 4-10 years old.

Trail Run registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun. Registration is $30 until May 5; and $35 on race day. On-site Kids Fun Run registration will be $5 (cash or check). There is a $5 group discount for teams of four or more when the registrations are made at the same time.  On-site registration opens at 7:30 on race day. The Kids Fun Run starts at 9:00, and the Trail Run starts at 9:30, with live music to follow. The first 300 people to register will receive a t-shirt on race day.

The Trail Run benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to those in need. The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for folks who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property.

Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.


Eagle Scouts Karl Ericson, Antonio King & Jan Passas

Troop 89 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor yesterday for Karl Ericson, Tito King, and Jani Passas (left to right) at the UCC. Lots of accomplishments of the scouts and their families were celebrated. Great event.

MCAP interviewing MHS students

Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) is currently seeking 10-12 high school-aged volunteers to participate in one-on-one interviews with the substance use prevention coordinator or another Medfield Outreach staff about substance use in Medfield.  Students will not be asked about their own personal substance use or behaviors, but only to reflect upon what they see in their community. All information gathered during these interviews will be anonymized (no one will know who said what). Furthermore, the information collected will serve to help our MCAP coalition design impactful prevention strategies. These interviews will take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour and are available both in person or via Zoom. All interviews will take place during the first three weeks of November.

If interested, please fill out this google form. If the student is under 18 years old at the time of the interview, parent/guardian consent is required. Consent forms will be emailed after they fill out the google form.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this email!

Warmly,

Meri

Meri Haas

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers (what’s this?)

Substance Use Prevention Coordinator, Medfield Outreach

Physical Address: 88R South Street

Mailing Address: 459 Main Street

Medfield, MA 02052

(508) 359-7121 x4

mhaas@medfield.net

medfieldcares.org

Angel Run

The Angel Run is coming!

Last call for shirts!

The Medfield Foundation Angel Run will be held on Sunday, December 5. It’s a 5K / Run / Walk community “fun raiser” and family event. The route is filled with decorations and festive highlights. Bring your friends, the kids, the dog, the stroller and Grandma too. Wear your festive holiday gear and and help raise funds for Medfield families in need. 

Early Bird Registration is $25 and includes a commemorative shirt, but ends soon on November 1.  

Standard Registration is $30 and runs until November 19, but does NOT include a shirt. 

Go to MedfieldFoundation.org for more info and to sign up.

Please spread the word!

We hope you’ll join us!

PROTECT TEEN DRIVERS

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Parents Key to Safe Teen Drivers

Every parent knows that feeling of dread when handing over car keys to a teenager. Rightfully so, as the number one threat to a teen’s safety is driving or riding in a car with a teen driver. The good news: Research shows teens actually listen to their parents more than peers when it comes to driving. Thus, parents can play a significant role in protecting teen drivers from serious injury or death. Leading by example, driving with your teen, understanding the eight danger zones, and creating a parent-teen driving agreement – all covered in this month’s newsletter – are a great place to start. Continue reading.

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Protect Teen Drivers This Summer with Our Safety Tips

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Summer mania – as immortalized in this iconic 70s teen anthem by rocker Alice Cooper – is almost here. Along with it will come a flood of teen drivers anxious to hang out with friends, start summer jobs and make up for all those good times lost to COVID-19 restrictions. Many challenges here for parents, but especially motor vehicle crashes – the leading cause of accidental death for teens. READ MORE


BY THE NUMBERS
6-a-Day

Six teens 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle crash injuries and are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than older drivers. READ MORE


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Best Vehicles for Teens

Best choices, good choices ranging from $5,000 to nearly $20,000 from IIHS and Consumer Reports. VIEW VIDEO


TEENS DRIVING DISTRACTED
Young adult and teen drivers are most at risk for distracted driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control. READ MORE
 

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2020 Virtual Angel Run & Fundraiser

2020 Virtual Angel Run & Fundraiser

Join us for the 15th year of The MFi Angel Run, we’re going Virtual this year! Run anytime, anywhere between the dates of Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving Day) through Sunday, December 6th, 2020 to support the MFi Angel Run and maintain a safe physical distance.

Your registration donation to the MFi Angel Run directly supports residents in need right here in Medfield and this year that need is greater than ever. The Angel Run helps raise thousands of dollars that is put back into the community to help people who have come upon hard times. Your registration helps make a difference in the lives of so many people. If a virtual 5K is not your thing, please register as a donation to the MFi during this unprecedented time.

Registration for the virtual Angel Run is now open

MCAP hosts hike for kids

Tweet today from Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) –
Medfield Cares About Prevention – MCAP
@MedfieldCares
Itching to get out of the house? Want to hang out with kids your own age? You’re in luck! *Join other youth and the Medfield Outreach department for a relaxing walk in the Rocky Woods Reservation!* To Register Visit forms.gle/u7auKc2FbomoLe Email medfieldyouthoutreach@medfield.net
5:06 PM · Aug 11, 2020Twitter Web App

Girls Who Care fundraiser for MYO

From Jackie Alford and Kathy McDonald –

GWC.HS Photo

GWC Final Fundraiser in support of Medfield Youth Outreach!

The Girls Who Care service group (GWC) is a group of Medfield High School 2020 graduates who have been together since Kindergarten. They have completed approximately 50 service projects over the years and are excited to announce their final project! They have partnered with a fundraising company to offer a variety of items featuring a beautiful and unique logo designed by Medfield alumnus Rachel Tatro. To them, the logo represents the spirit of the MHS Class of 2020 along with the love and support they as a class have felt from the Medfield community during the unusual end to their time at MHS. They are selling these items to raise money for Medfield Youth Outreach, an organization that helps Medfield families in need access assistance and resources. Click on the link below to see almost 90 items that you can purchase with the logo on them. Great for graduation gifts, off-to-college gifts, or keepsakes! GWC will receive 35% of the proceeds for almost all of the items, and all money raised will be donated to Medfield Youth Outreach. All orders must be placed by July 3rd and will be delivered in time for MHS graduation on July 25th. Thank you for helping them give back to the Medfield community one last time before college! Click here to view the items and place your order.
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Rolling Rally on 5/31 for MHS Grads

CLASS OF 2020 SENIOR CELEBRATION DAY Rolling Rally to honor Medfield H.S. Class of 2020! Please help honor the Medfield H.S. Seniors on what would have been their originally scheduled graduation day, May 31st. We are bringing the Medfield community together in a safe way to celebrate the Class of 2020. A Rolling Rally of cars will pass through town (see route on page 2) on Sunday, May 31st beginning at 1PM. Please pardon any road closures that may impact your travel during this time. If you would like to watch the Rally roll by, please park at a location near the route and view from your car. The safety of our community is a priority for this event and social distancing guidelines should be adhered to by all. To honor members of the Class of 2020 who may live in your neighborhood, we welcome you to decorate your house with Warrior pride. If you are interested in volunteering for Rolling Rally related needs, please email angpmedfield@gmail.com. For other Rolling Rally inquiries, please email MHSrollingrally@gmail.com. On behalf of the Class of 2020 and their families, The Rolling Rally Committee, The All-Night Grad Party Committee and the school administration, we thank you in advance! Community Event May 31st at 1PM CLASS OF 2020 SENIOR CELEBRATION DAY Rolling Rally Route • Right out of McCarthy Field • Proceed on Hospital Hill Road • Right on West Mill Street • Left on Adams Street • Left on Dale Street • Right on North Street • Left on Route 109 • Right on South Street • Left on Elm Street • Right into loop to the left of Wheelock • Left back onto Elm Street from loop • Right back onto South Street • Right onto Pound Street • Enter Blake Driveway • Right at Stop Sign toward HS Auditorium • Left at stop sign near tennis courts and gym entrance • Right into visitor parking lot at end of driveway • Proceed straight thru parking lot to end • Exit parking left to South Street Neighbors We Need YOU! Sunday, May 31st 1pm Please help us honor the Medfield High School Seniors on what would have been their originally scheduled graduation day, May 31st. We are bringing the community together in a safe way to celebrate the Senior Class of 2020 and WE NEED YOU to make this event extra special! A rolling rally of cars will pass your home the afternoon of Sunday, May 31st between 1 -1:30pm. We are asking you to please consider being our best cheerleaders for the MHS Senior Class of 2020. Safety of our community is a priority for this event and social distancing guidelines should be adhered to by all. Decorate your home Makes some signs, banners, hang a sheet from your window. We need signs of inspiration, congratulations, good luck - any positive message. Tie these balloons (with short string so they’ll prop up!) to your mail box. Make noise Have your children bang some pans together, use noise makers, honk your horns, cheer with your loudest voice, pipe music. Be spectators Step outside your house, hang out your window, sit in your car, stand in your driveway, wave to our MHS Seniors as they pass. What else? Blow bubbles or use your bubble machine, write chalk messages, use your megaphone, blow up some balloons...anything that helps make this rolling rally event festive is welcome! Volunteer Sign up to help decorate other non-residential areas along the route: Visit www.medfieldangp.com or Email: angpmedfield@gmail.com Here are some ways you can help: Any Questions: About Volunteering / Decorating email: angpmedfield@gmail.com All other Rolling Rally inquiries: MHSRollingRally@gmail.com THANK YOU! We hope that we can count on you to help make this day special. Something like this can only be successful in a community like Medfield where families come together and support each other. On behalf of every MHS Senior parent, The Rolling Rally Commitee, The All Night Grad Party Committee and the school administration, we thank you in advance! We will be delivering a gift certificate from one of our fine Medfield restaurants to the three most spirited homes. WIN A GIFT CARD! THE ROUTE20200512-Rolling Rally for MHS grads_Page_220200512-Rolling Rally for MHS grads_Page_320200512-Rolling Rally for MHS grads_Page_4