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“There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy,” wrote the psychologist Jean Twenge last year. That story struck a nerve with a lot of readers, and this week, we asked the staff writer Joe Pinsker to update the Masthead community with the latest chapter in the saga about kids and phones. He’ll let us know what to watch in this slow-moving but essential story. — Matt Peterson

What to Know: Kids’ Fears About Phones

By Joe Pinsker

The story we’re watching: Like just about every parent and educator in the country, I’m closely following the story of kids and smartphones. It’s not a story that develops on a timescale of days, as most others do, but rather churns along in the background of everyday life.

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