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Kids using smart phones can be good for them

December 12, 2017

Many parents worry that kids who spend hours upon hours on their phones are losing their ability to interact socially away from screens, and are missing out on activities that don't involve smart phones. But Candice Odgers, professor of psychology and social behavior, has done research showing some of the benefits smartphones bring to kids' lives.

"I don't think it's all a doom and gloom story," she told NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. "I think there are some really positive ways kids are using their phones to connect to people that they love and people who can support them in their lives."