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Children and Technology

To Reach (for the Cell Phone) or Not to Reach, That Is the Question

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 11.04.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

If you are finding it increasingly difficult to remain genuinely present with your child when you hear your digital device beckons, you are not alone. Like Pavlov's dogs, we are gradually being trained to create a compelling association between a bell and a response. And our children are being affected in significant ways.

Errant Tween Phone Home

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

My wife and I have succumbed. My son got a phone last week. Given my previous post questioning the wisdom of graduating elementary school, I awkwardly acknowledge the phone was a graduation present.

Alexander Howard

Here's The Problem With Using YouTube As A Babysitter For Your Kids | Alexander Howard | Posted 05.19.2015 | Technology

In its relentless search to organize the world’s information, Google may have stumbled in its efforts to present the results to children. Six weeks ...

Kids, Smart Phones, and Social Media: 6 Rules for Success and Safety

Smart Parents | Posted 06.20.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

As a former high school administrator I know all too well the dangers of social media and adolescents. I have mediated plenty of fights, verbal confrontations, and school disruptions due to conversations conducted via social media.

Time to Rethink Technology at Summer Camp?

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Tech gadgets would certainly compete with the immersive experience that sleep away camp creates for the young people. But does technology have no place whatsoever in the lives of campers?

Robots Are Everywhere! Learning About Technology From Robotics

Julie Dobrow | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Julie Dobrow

If it seems like robots are everywhere today, that's because they are. Less well-known but well-worth knowing is some of the fascinating new research that uses robots and robotics to teach children about technology and a variety of educational concepts.

Promoting Change in Texas

Rich Taylor | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Rich Taylor

Texas provides an example of how forward-thinking policymakers and innovative business leaders can work together to encourage and achieve progress.

Help! My Son Is a Tech Junkie!

Tanya Schevitz | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Tanya Schevitz

My son told me the other day that what he wants to do when he grows up is be "the guy who reviews video games on YouTube." So not even the guy who creates the video games, but the guy who stays home all day, sits on the couch and videotapes himself playing them.

Putting Technology in Its Place

Carrie Contey, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Carrie Contey, Ph.D.

Technology needs to be navigated so that it's in its rightful place -- in service to the real and rich experiences of living our best lives, and not in a way that draws us away from nature, human interaction or the fleeting moments of family life.

Lori Leibovich

How Technology Keeps You From Being The Parent You Need To Be | Lori Leibovich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

"We get into the habit of treating all messages as equally urgent, but we've also come to like the feeling of staying in the loop because it's a way of proving our own importance," Pang says.

The MAJOR Upside To Kids Using Screens

Jamie Krug | Posted 11.13.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

"Is Daddy coming home tonight?" She usually asks this question at the worst possible time, like when we're in a crowded location like a mall or grocery store, where she elicits stares as people wonder why a 4-year-old would have to ask. Divorce? Affair? CIA agent involved in black ops?

How Much Technology Should You Let Your Child Use?

Dr. Larry Rosen | Posted 06.24.2013 | Parents
Dr. Larry Rosen

The critical questions are: Is this bad for our children? Is it wrong to provide them the most up-to-date tools for both entertainment and teaching? Is it wrong to want to see our children smile and grin as they watch their favorite videos?

What This Mom Doesn't Understand About Modern Parents

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 09.23.2014 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

Does a game that you download today to a telephone or an iPad stand the same test of time? Are they merely props or all consuming? Can you pass them down to a child 20 years from now?

Why I Didn't Post This Photo On Facebook | Posted 05.13.2013 | Parents

The kids looked cute and happy and sweet, but something stopped me.

Lessons From The 'What Do YOU Really Need To Know As A Parent?' Conference

Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.13.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

A series of experts suggested ways to navigate an unfamiliar landscape -- a place where changes in technology and culture make the job of parent feel like something newly created, rather than something humans have been doing for millennia.

WATCH: 92nd Street Y Parenting Conference

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.10.2013 | Parents

"Should we be giving babies iPads? How do I control my children’s internet usage when they’re more savvy than I am? Is advertising affecting my ch...

Mom's 10 Commandments About Technology

Kimberly Brooks | Posted 12.24.2012 | Parents
Kimberly Brooks

I started to have the desire to be Queen when smartphones invaded my children's elementary school.

When Do Kids Need To Hit The 'Off' Switch?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 12.24.2012 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

With information, guidance and support, we can help our children develop habits of balanced screen use so they can benefit from them, without being swallowed into the black hole that these devices can become.

Why I Went On An Digital Diet

Lori Leibovich | Posted 12.24.2012 | Parents
Lori Leibovich

This summer, before embarking on a weeklong vacation to Maine, I gave my children an order: "If you see me doing anything on my iPhone besides taking pictures, take it away from me."

Latest Studies And Reports About Children And The Digital World

Posted 03.14.2013 | Parents

Should you worry about social media? Do video games affect focus? Are screens really harmful? It can be difficult to sort through all the information ...

Must-Read Articles On Family And Technology

Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents

Our Screen Sense page will be frequently updated with articles about the intersection of technology and family life. We'll post reports about innovati...

Parents Must Step Up to the Technology Challenge!

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

We parents must look long and hard at the relationships that our children are developing with technology as "digital natives."

Technology and Kids: Moving Them From Consumers to Creators

Len Filppu | Posted 12.05.2011 | Parents
Len Filppu

Living in Silicon Valley instilled in me a more nonchalant attitude toward children's screen time. Until my nightmare.