Sage Trampleasure

About Sage Trampleasure

Sage is an undergraduate student in her third year of a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of British Columbia—Okanagan campus. Her research interests include mental health and substance use, psychopathology, and technology’s effects on social connectedness.


The internet is full of information, and we are constantly bombarded with social media posts, news articles, and blog entries that make bold claims with significant implications every day. How can we tell which of these claims to believe, and which are more fiction than fact?

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It’s no secret that children learn by example. As the people they likely spend the most time around, children will pick up many important behaviours and habits from parents. When it comes to behaviours like screen use and physical activity, are you modelling healthy behaviours for your child to follow?

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Screens & Sleep
10 Feb 2020

As part of the Canadian Paediatric Society’s recommendations for healthy screen time behaviours in young children (described here), parents are encouraged to think about limiting their child’s use of screens before bedtime, as well as access to screens in the bedroom. Why are these limits a good idea?

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In the past few months, popular media outlets such as WebMD and CNN have released articles warning parents that “excessive” use of screens (over 1 hour per day) can lead to slower brain development in preschool-aged children. But, are screens really harming children’s brains?

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