Each year younger children are being introduced to new technology to help them learn and grow, but the effects of this may be different from what is expected. Rather than seeing growth, the overuse of technology is leading to many issues, including a decline in creativity, less active lifestyles, and difficulty falling asleep. The growing overdependence on and overuse of technology is affecting young children both mentally and physically. Throughout the world, but in America especially, obesity has been increasing rapidly in the past few years. Sedentary lifestyles are increasing, and children are a main group that has seen an increase in this type of lifestyle due to the desire to remain inside and spend their time playing video games and watching TV while enjoying their favorite snacks.
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Even though advertising was meant to simply convey information about specific products, this goal seems to have been encroached over the years. Most advertisements today are targeted at children. Even though some of the products marketed to children have negative effects on them, they are still being advertised. An example of such products is junk food. Junk food usually contain alot of fats and sugars, which, when continuously consumed, negatively affect the normal functioning of the body.
Teen pregnancy is a controversial issue because of the negative stereotypes, the health of the teen mothers, and the health risk they are putting their babies through. Although the percentage of teenage pregnancy in the United States has declined significantly within recent years; it is still a huge problem that needs to be addressed. The rates are still higher in the 1990's than they were only a period ago.” The United States teenage birthrate hits most of the other industrialized nations, even though American teenagers are not more sexually active than the teenager’s that are in Canada or Europe”(Gormly 348). The latest statistics concerning the teen birthrates are frightening. There is about 560,000 teenage girls give birth each year.
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