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Teen Brain

Narrated by: David Gillespie
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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With their labile and rapidly developing brains, adolescents are particularly susceptible to addiction, and addiction leads to anxiety and depression. What few parents will know is that what we think of as the most typical addictions and problematic teen behaviours - smoking, drinking, drug taking, sex leading to teenage pregnancy - are on the decline.

The bad news is that a whole raft of addictions has taken their place. Whereas once the dopamine-hungry brain of a teenager got its fix from smoking a joint or sculling a Bundy and coke, it is now turning to electronic devices for the pleasure jolt that typically comes from online playing games and engaging with social media.

What is doubly troubling is that, unlike drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, electronic devices are not illicit. Quite the contrary.

They are liberally distributed by schools and parents, with few restrictions placed on their use.

And, to add fuel to the fire, emerging research shows that if addictive pathways are activated during the teen years, they are there for life, and that what starts as a screen addiction can lead to major substance abuse later in life.

©2019 David Gillespie (P)2019 Pan Macmillan AU

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Best parenting book ever

Ideal for every parent and educator. So practical & applicable to raising children today. I think the title is wrong - it covers 0 to 99 years with commonsense, backed by data. I hope every principal makes their staff & parents read it. We COULD have happy, well adjusted families & communities. Well done & thank you David Gillespie.

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Except for the bits about..

David Gillespie has his argument down pat for the jury, but overlooks some vital details - the jurors are a discerning lot and he’s made some howlingly arrogant assumptions.
I was ok with some of it, but his personal opinions get in the way and his determination to sell his point gets boring.
Don’t quit your day job Dave.

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Highly recommended

This book completely and succinctly puts together exactly what you need to know in a easy to understand format. This provided me with a definite understanding and appreciation of my teenagers current experience, many thanks for the research.

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A good read but...

Likening school principals to drug pushers is a slight exaggeration. Given the tendency of the author to occasionally stray beyond the facts, if you are looking for some understanding of neurological and hence behavioural changes in adolescence and the impact of devices on adolescent wellbeing then this is for you.

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  • 31-08-2019

All parents should read this!

Great format, easy to liisten to and very informative. I'll be looking for his other books.

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  • 15-07-2019

Serious and exceptional

This book is relevant to every parent, and anyone who wants kids to grow up ok.
Smart phones and online games have a downside, clearly. This explained exactly why.
I also liked how it explains how the brain works, and what goes on in the brain during the teen years.
The author also has some quite funny ways of explaining some points too, which helps one remember the points.
So glad their was no internet device in my pocket when I was a teen...

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Interesting but opinionated

Some fascinating information about the developing brain, impacts of hormonal change and technology. A little too preachy in parts, though. Would've like more focus on facts & less self-indulgent 'my way or the highway' finger wagging.

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I wish I had heard/read this 5 years ago!!

Easy listening, hard hitting and linked to science. A must read/hear for all parents... Practical advice with some nice touches of humour.