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Janell Burley Hofmann is the author of the book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up. She is also a speaker and consultant on topics like technology, media, health, relationships and personal growth.

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iRules For Parents, From Their Children

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 11:07 AM

Below is a collection of iRules elementary school children think their parents should follow. I gathered their thoughts and ideas on this topic and read it aloud to their parents during an evening presentation. We all had to take a big, deep, reflective breath when it was through.

This list...

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How to Convince Your Parents to Say Yes to Tech in 10 Easy Steps

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 3:00 PM

So, you didn't get the tech you wanted this holiday season? I hear you. You want technology -- that device, that app, that game, that social network. Know this: It's a process. It's an expense. It's a responsibility -- for you and your parents. You are busy growing. They are...

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10 Traits of Tech-Healthy Families

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 12:40 PM

In my work with thousands of families, we talk about digital health and wellness, balance and boundaries in raising the digital generation. The most popular questions asked are often about screen time, content and family dynamics. Essentially, parents want to allow their children to use technology, but they want to...

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Ein iPhone-Vertrag für meinen Sohn, mit herzlichen Grüßen...

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2016 | 4:09 PM

Lieber Brendan,

fröhliche Weihnachten! Du bist jetzt stolzer Besitzer eines iPhones. Ho, ho, ho! Und jetzt liegt es in Deiner Verantwortung: Es ist dein Handy, dein Vertrag. Verlier in der Welt nicht das Gleichgewicht, lass es in unserer schnellen Zeit auch mal langsam angehen.

Wir sind hier so schnell...

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An iPhone Contract for My Second Son, With Love

(19) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 10:23 AM

Dear Brendan,

Merry Christmas! You are the proud new owner of an iPhone. Holy! Holy! It's your turn already -- for a phone, for a contract, for the great teachings of balance, the value of going slow in the fastest of times. We arrived here together so quickly...

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Help! My Daughter Is Being Excluded on Instagram

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 11:57 AM

One of the most common questions and concerns I get in my talks, workshops, email and social media accounts include the subject of digital social exclusion. Recently a Mom wrote to me in need of support on how to handle this with her young teen daughter. I often hear this...

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Instagram iRules for Beginners

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 5:43 PM

Created in partnership with my 12-year-old son

1. Pause before you post. Ask, does this feel/sound/seem like something I should share? Yes?! Go for it!

2. Be tech positive & post only comments, pictures, & shares that lift up. It's contagious!

3. No inappropriate posts like swears, pictures, comments. If...

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10 Tech Truths From Parents That Teens Need to Hear

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 9:00 AM

We have a lot more in common with our teens than we usually like to admit. In my work with adults and young people, the parallel uses and beliefs about technology are often a perfect match. Don't believe me? See below! You said so yourself! Now, I think your teens...

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Footsteps on the Stairs

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 11:18 AM

Recently, my oldest son said to me, "Mom, did you know I can tell who is awake by the sound of their footsteps on the stairs?" I smiled deep, both at his attention to this, and its symbol of familiarity. What a lovely thing to know about your siblings. So...

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10 Tips for Summertime Tech Balance -- Starting Now

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 11:03 AM

By now you've probably planned your vacation, enjoyed the shore or the pool, hosted a few backyard BBQs and settled the kids into summer camp. No doubt, summer is in full swing! Which is why right now is the perfect time to pause before the season slips by. Want to...

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The Summer of Risk

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 8:30 PM

Years ago, a wise and trusted friend -- a veteran mother - told me that the summer before sophomore year of high school was the summer. The summer for crossing over, the summer of risk, the summer when all of those things you were scared straight about in junior high...

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The 15 Most Popular Tech Truths From My Conversations With Middle School Students

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 4:57 PM

Have you ever wondered what middle schoolers have to say about technology? Have you wanted access to their thoughts and feelings and beliefs around the device culture? Do you want to talk to your middle schooler about technology, but aren't sure where to begin? Well, I've been taking notes just...

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To My Mom: A Six-Part Sample of Your Eulogy Gold, For You, on Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2015 | 10:29 AM

Eulogy Gold: A term used in our family to describe a classic, often ridiculous, behavior of a loved one. And while it might be maddening or hysterical in everyday life, it is the thing we imagine we will celebrate and speak of at the end of that person's life, but...

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Slow Tech Living Meets Screen Free Week May 4th-10th 2015! Tips For the Eager and the Wary

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 12:04 AM

Do you look forward to Screen Free Week every spring? Or do you dread the struggle? Do you categorize it as one more thing to do or have you been brainstorming creative outings and activities all winter for that fabulous family week? If you're like me, you're probably somewhere in...

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5 Tiny Stories From SxSW

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 5:54 PM

I had a glass of chardonnay. You drank dark beers. The sun was incredible on the restaurant patio. You radiated youth and tech world, start up company bliss. We talked about family. You told me that you fell in love with your baby sister when she was born. And you...

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I Come Here For Answers Too

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 3:35 PM

During holiday break, my husband and I took our three daughters on a wintery Cape Cod trail hike. They were resisting us. They were cold. Tired. Just wanted to go back home after our visit to the coffee shop. We always do this to them. We always make them walk....

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Our 'Slow Tech' Family iRules

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 2:47 PM

For years, we have been a 'Slow Tech' family. We have worked hard to live in balance with technology, using it mindfully and deliberately. But as our family grows and changes along with the technology, this approach is becoming more of a challenge. We are working at it. It's not...

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How Celebrities' Stolen Pictures Can Help You Talk to Your Teens About Sexting

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 12:48 PM

1. The recent celebrity picture robbery involved adults. Adults can choose to have naked pictures or not -- "should or shouldn't" can be part of your lively family discussion, but robbery is not a natural consequence of having naked pictures.

2. The celebrities were invaded and violated. Privacy is...

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Slow Tech Living Brings Tech Health

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 6:32 PM

During the past few years I have been talking, encouraging, and preaching The Slow Tech Movement. On the road at speaking engagements, in private consults and in my newly published book, iRules: What Every Tech Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming & Growing Up, Slow Tech livin'...

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18 Things I Want My Son To Know Before He Starts High School

(5) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 12:30 PM

It's not that I don't think you're ready. You're active and smart and social. You work and set goals to meet them. You make consistently good choices. You have a compass suited for self-direction. You've grown taller than me. You've even grown away from me -- pushing back, questioning --...

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