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Regulating teenagers’ digital practices: a challenge for parents?

Regulating teenagers’ digital practices: a challenge for parents?

During adolescence, friends and classmates or leisure time – the child’s “peers” – take an increasingly important place in his life, which destabilizes the balance of the relationships he maintains with his parents. These people of the same age offer him other points of reference and have a growing influence on his tastes, encouraging him to […] … learn more→

Alcohol and drugs rewire your brain by changing how your genes work – research is investigating how to counteract addiction’s effects

Alcohol and drugs rewire your brain by changing how your genes work – research is investigating how to counteract addiction’s effects

Many people are wired to seek and respond to rewards. Your brain interprets food as rewarding when you are hungry and water as rewarding when you are thirsty. But addictive substances like alcohol and drugs of abuse can overwhelm the natural reward pathways in your brain, resulting in intolerable cravings and reduced impulse control. A popular misconception is […] … learn more→

Working from home since COVID-19? Cabin fever could be the next challenge

Working from home since COVID-19? Cabin fever could be the next challenge

As Canada opened back up after the COVID-19 lockdowns, many businesses encouraged their workers to head back to the office. Yet, despite restrictions being lifted in Canada and around the world, teleworking as a regular working arrangement has remained popular across different industries. Different polls over the last three years show an increased interest in teleworking […] … learn more→

Canada should not fall behind on implementing safety measures for children online

Canada should not fall behind on implementing safety measures for children online

Recent legislation about age verification for adult content sites has sparked an interesting scenario in the Canadian parliament. On Dec. 13, Bill S-210, An Act to restrict young persons’ online access to sexually explicit material, passed the second reading in the House of Commons with a vote of 189 to 133. Surprisingly, most Liberal MPs voted against […] … learn more→

GTA VI, the most anticipated video game of all time

GTA VI, the most anticipated video game of all time

Released on December 5, 2023 and accumulating 150 million views in three weeks, the first trailer for the Grand Theft Auto VI video game has become iconic for gamers around the world, eager to experience this game considered the most anticipated of all the temperature. This trailer is the most viewed video on YouTube in 24 hours , with approximately […] … learn more→

It’s normal for your mind to wander. Here’s how to maximise the benefits

It’s normal for your mind to wander. Here’s how to maximise the benefits

Have you ever found yourself thinking about loved ones during a boring meeting? Or going over the plot of a movie you recently watched during a drive to the supermarket? This is the cognitive phenomenon known as “mind wandering”. Research suggests it can account for up to 50% of our waking cognition (our mental processes when awake) […] … learn more→

1 in 3 people are lonely. Will AI help, or make things worse?

1 in 3 people are lonely. Will AI help, or make things worse?

ChatGPT has repeatedly made headlines since its release late last year, with various scholars and professionals exploring its potential applications in both work and education settings. However, one area receiving less attention is the tool’s usefulness as a conversationalist and – dare we say – as a potential friend. Some chatbots have left an unsettling impression. Microsoft’s Bing chatbot […] … learn more→

Active or overscheduled kids? How parents can consider benefits and risks of extracurricular activities

Active or overscheduled kids? How parents can consider benefits and risks of extracurricular activities

From hockey and dance to chess club, families can be pulled in many extracurricular directions. It’s easy for parents to be overwhelmed by the choices of activities for their child — or also, how accessible these are, for reasons like financial barriers or transportation challenges. In the midst of this, parents receive advice to ensure their kids move […] … learn more→

Why some amateur athletes are giving up on smartwatches

Why some amateur athletes are giving up on smartwatches

Measuring the number of steps you take every day; tracking your heart rate, your pace or average ascent while jogging; memorizing the total distance you cycle over the course of a year and sharing it with an online community. These practices have become commonplace in the world of sport, even for amateurs. This digitization of […] … learn more→