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How do cellphones affect our children's brains?

High school students use their mobile phones.
High school students use their mobile phones.

Today, we examine how technology and social media affect the development of children’s brains, as well as explore the reasons why schools are banning cellphone use in classrooms.

Florida is currently a proving ground for some of the most stringent phone bans, with some schools prohibiting all cellphones and smart watches during school hours, even between classes.


  • Elizabeth Winings, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and assistant professor of nursing at Jacksonville University.
  • Dr. Deanna Seymour, a psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in Behavioral Health for Children and Adolescents.
  • Mary Hunt, a high school teacher with 11 years of experience in Duval County.
  • Lee DeWitt, retired St.Johns County schoolteacher for 34 years.

Fort Mose

Fort Mose in St.Augustine holds great historical significance as the oldest free Black settlement in the United States. Its story almost faded into obscurity, but thanks to dedicated efforts to recover and restore it, Fort Mose has now become a premier site on the Florida Black Heritage Trail and a national historic landmark.

Guest: Dianya Markovits, cultural affairs manager at St. Johns County cultural events.

Native American Arts Festival

November is Native American Heritage Month, and the Museum of Science & Historyis proud to present its inaugural Native American Arts Festival next weekend. This two-day celebration is a testament to fostering cultural understanding and education.

You can get tickets here.

Guest: Anthony Mortimer, MOSH’s vice president of education and exhibits.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.