Brain Development, Distraction, and the Effect on Teens – Implications for Parenting?

I’m currently watching a program on PBS’s “Create” on the Prefrontal Cortex and its continued development in the Teenage Brain.

Basically, the high function areas involved with good decision making are still developing, which means that they often don’t make the best decisions.

(1) Diagram: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/teenbrain/

(2) Here is a Youtube clip of how Distracting Environments, and understanding how the brain works, can help us function better. He speaks a lot in his PBS special about Teens and how they do not work with distraction well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDgcTHohnCw

Implications?

A. Your teen is still developing good decision making, and needs your help in processing their mistakes.

B. They still need you to be intimately involved in their lives, giving enough room to make some mistakes, but safe mistakes that you can help with.

C. They are not adults, which means they may not be able to handle unlimited access to technology without rules and discipline (safety in creating good habits).

We love our teens, and the more we know the better. And by recognizing the limitations, but also not underestimating their ability to accomplish great things, our teens can grow up safely and be amazing.

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