There’s little disagreement over the power of social media to create turmoil and disruption among today’s youth. The question is what to do about it.

For a long time, social media has been identified as a key culprit in teenage bullying. But now apps on smartphones are being blamed for a rise in other worrisome trends, such as an increase in plastic surgery among youth and a sudden surge in the number of kids identifying as transgender.

Meanwhile school boards are grappling with ways to curtail smartphone use in the classroom, as it’s getting in the way of meaningful learning.

The Toronto District School Board is reworking their smartphone policy after the current one was found to be weak in terms of enforcement. Teachers have a hard time getting kids to focus and aren’t always able to get them to put the devices away during instruction time.

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