This week we will focus on behavioral issues that sometimes go unnoticed or are glossed over in schooling discourse — the life of the teen and the teen brain, as well as drugs used to treat behavioral issues. The following three documentaries go into some depth regarding these issues. Each documentary will cover a variety of aspects important for us to be aware of when we are working with youngsters in educational settings. Please view the three documentaries and fill out your response template.
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Part of a series that has followed a group of children from their birth at the millennium, this program reviews the children’s life and challenges as they hit their teenage years. We discover how they have coped with bullying, with having a famous parent or with learning to live with money worries. Footage from the archive gives us a view into the children’s past. All our families take part in both programs but this one predominantly features Helena, the only survivor of triplets born prematurely; Parys, whose mom Alison Lapper is a famous artist; Yorkshire girl Rhianna, who is forthright about her family’s financial troubles; technology loving Taliesin; Het from Wembley in London, who has big ambitions; farm girl Megan; Matthew from Surrey, whose family is preparing for a great change in their lives; Scottish twins Alex and Ivo; and William from Settle, a tennis prodigy who burnt out. A BBC/Open University Co-production. A part of the series Child of Our Time 2013. A BBC Production.
Ten years ago, stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall were the drugs of choice to treat behavioral issues in children. Today children as young as four years old are being prescribed more powerful anti-psychotic medications that are much less understood. The drugs can cause serious side effects and virtually nothing is known about their long-term impact. As the debate over medicating children continues to grow, FRONTLINE confronts psychiatrists, researchers, and big pharma about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs for troubled children. [Explore more stories on the original website for The Medicated Child.]
It’s the mystery of mysteries-especially to parents. Now experts are exploring the recesses of the brain and finding new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do. FRONTLINE explores how the new discoveries can change the way we parent, teach, or perhaps even understand, our teenagers. [Explore more stories on the original website for Inside the Teenage Brain.]