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Kids and Technology

5 Ways You May Be Damaging Your Kid's Reputation

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 05.18.2016 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

There are many ways teens can damage their own reputations without our help. After all, their frontal lobes aren't even fully developed, so they are ...

High Tech to Get Kids Moving

Robin Raskin | Posted 05.12.2016 | Technology
Robin Raskin

Every summer, parents grow a bit apoplectic thinking about the hours their kids are likely to spend doing the couch potato, screen-gazing thing. Some clever manufacturers are dreaming up alternatives to screen time by incorporating screens and tech directly into more physical play. In other words, if the kids hate leaving their tech behind, they can take their tech with them.

Raising Low-Tech Kids in Silicon Valley

Rebecca Padnos Altamirano | Posted 03.28.2016 | Parents
Rebecca Padnos Altamirano

As our kids grow older and at each stage of life, my husband and I will continue to reevaluate technology use and ultimately make the decisions that we believe are best suited to the developing needs of our children and family.

The Joys and Challenges of Parenting in a World of Screens (or, 'Just Five More Minutes!')

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.22.2016 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Across the globe, at this very moment, children on iPads, cell phones, video games and computers are begging their parents for "just five more minutes." It's no surprise. Screens offer incomparable fun and social connectivity.

What Kids Are Really Watching on YouTube

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.11.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

What passes for funny on YouTube may not be your cup of tea, but somehow the folks below have hit upon formulas that draw millions of viewers. Language and content can be an issue on many of these channels.

Bringing the World Back in Focus for Our Children: The Joys of Being Bored

Danielle Lindner | Posted 01.07.2016 | Parents
Danielle Lindner

The days, weeks and summers fly by much more quickly for our children, because they are never have down time. They never have the blessing of being bored.

What Does it Mean to Be a Kid in the Digital Age?

Hippo Reads | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents
Hippo Reads

Is social media ruining our kids? How much internet activity is too much? What do FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), sexting, and selfies mean for teens?

Putting More Technology In Schools May Not Make Kids Smarter: OECD Report

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.14.2015 | Technology

You may want to think twice before you laud your local school district for investing in technological resources. As it turns out, too much technology ...

When Your Husband Disagrees on Screen Time Limits

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Few parents are crystal clear about how much is too much when it comes to giving their kids access to technology. It hardly surprises me that two adults from different backgrounds and with different sensibilities don't see eye to eye on how much screen time their children should have. Here are my thoughts

8 Sad-But-True Jokes About The Reality Of Being A Kid Today

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents

In today's technology-saturated era, kids are more connected than ever. And comedians have certainly taken note, incorporating discussions of children...

Internet Safety 'Completely Freaks Out' Gwyneth Paltrow As A Parent

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.21.2015 | Parents

During her keynote interview at the BlogHer conference in New York City last Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow talked about raising kids in the digital age. T...

The Delightful Result Of One Boy's Limited Screen Time

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Parents

When Nicole Neely realized the hold technology had on her 12-year-old son Tyler, she decided to do something about it. In a segment that aired last we...

I Want My Kid To Read, So I'm Feeding My iPad To A Shark

The Huffington Post | Ben Hallman | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents

I'm headed to a North Carolina island next week, where I will offer my soft, pale body up to the sharks that have invaded the shallows this year. If n...

Freeing Yourself From The Web

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 07.08.2016 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

If I don't show my children the joys found offline in a culture inundated with screens, who will?

Screen Addiction Is Taking A Toll On Children

The New York Times | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents

Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American paren...

Are Your Kids 'Addicted' to Mobile Games?

Catriona Wallis | Posted 06.08.2016 | Parents
Catriona Wallis

As a parent of vivacious boys aged 5 and 8 obsessed with breaking-up and creating blocks and hiding from the Enderman in the mobile version of Minecraft, I have conflicting feelings about my kids playing this game.

What Would Happen If My 5-Year-Old Joined Twitter?

Ariel Chesler | Posted 05.26.2016 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

As my older daughter approached her 5th birthday recently, my wife and I wondered what it might be like if she were on Twitter. We imagined her tweets would be snarky and sharp, would range from the personal to the political, and that she would call us out on our parenting.

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 ...

The 3 Teachable Moments Every Digital Parent Should Seize

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Stephen Balkam

It goes without saying that your teen will pay much more attention to what you do than what you say. If you are constantly on the phone, text at stop lights, bring your phone to bed and are not present for your own kids, then they will follow your lead.

Every Day Should Be 'Safer Internet Day'

Diana Graber | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

So I like Annie Fox's suggestion that we "vaccinate kids before they play on the Internet." Let's actually give them the 21st Century skills we keep talking about.

These Kids Will Inherit the Earth

Laura Faye Tenenbaum | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Laura Faye Tenenbaum

I know much of that impact isn't going to occur during my lifetime, but will be passed forward to future generations, including this generation in front of me today.

Top Tips on How to Film Preschoolers

Catriona Wallis | Posted 03.10.2015 | Entertainment
Catriona Wallis

It was important the kids look natural playing in the video and we knew to achieve this kids need to be allowed to play freely with minimum intervention.

Lose Five Pounds in Less Than a Minute With This Simple Trick

Debra Fine | Posted 03.09.2015 | Technology
Debra Fine

By ridding ourselves of the laptop, and smartphone, and e-reader, and tablet, and ear buds, and Go Pro camera, and selfie stick and charger (and backup charger and solar charger) and whatever else may qualify we can experience instant weight loss. Like magic. Try it: Toss all your devices and get on the scale.

Our Family's Time OFF Has Turned into Time ON... LINE

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

If you walk into our house after dinner, you'll see five people each staring at a screen. How can I get my family to unplug and spend some down time together?

11 Grown-Up Songs To Play When You Can't Listen To 'Frozen' One More Time

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

If the Frozen soundtrack has you thinking about an ice pick to the brain, here's a playlist both you and the kids can love.