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Kids and Technology

The Secret to Helping Your Kids Study Without Distractions

Dr. Larry Rosen | Posted 01.09.2013 | Parents
Dr. Larry Rosen

Our study found that if a student checked Facebook just once during the 15-minute study period, he or she had a lower GPA.

Does Your Kid Know How to Communicate?

Andy Braner | Posted 01.08.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

It doesn't take any work to be a mom or dad; you're just given that title when you have a kid. But when you become a parent, you take on the responsibility to guide, mentor, train and provide ways for your child to become all he or she was created to be.

Kids Online: What's Next in Social Learning and Technology Will Be... Well, Unexpected!

Michael Levine | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education
Michael Levine

If we heed the headlines of media accounts about how kids are using social media today, there is certainly cause for worry about how they are using the growing number of hours that they are online.

How The Internet Is Like A Child's Brain

Tiffany Shlain | Posted 01.08.2013 | Parents
Tiffany Shlain

"Brain Power" explores the connection between the developing human brain of a child and the emerging global brain of the Internet and aims to help us think about the best ways to nurture and strengthen both.

Texting, TV and Tech Trashing Children's Attention Spans

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Although teachers see a number of advantages in young people's heavy use of digital media (especially in their ability to find information quickly and efficiently), it is the potentially harmful effects that have families, educators and policy makers worried.

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...

5 Ways Technology Makes You Miss Your Kids' Childhood

The Stir | Posted 12.22.2012 | Parents
The Stir

How many times have you run and gotten your camera -- or your iPhone -- in the hopes of capturing something totally adorable your child is doing? And how many times has your child stopped doing said adorable thing while you were off finding your phone? Mmm-hmm.

Give Your Children the Gift of an 'Unmediated' Life

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

There is, as they say, more than one road to Rome. I can't offer you a clear and well-defined path that you should take in raising your children in this world so dominated by popular culture and technology.

Yes, Virginia, We Did Have to Get Up to Change the Channel

Jane L. Rosen | Posted 11.24.2012 | Parents
Jane L. Rosen

Even a "chill" mother like myself has heard the following leave my lips: "Why aren't you texting me back? Why did I buy you the latest phone if you were not going to answer it? Why did you change your status to 'in a relationship' with Susie Sassler? Honey, are you gay? You can tell me anything."

Is Your Family's Relationship With Technology Healthy?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.19.2012 | Technology
Dr. Jim Taylor

Yes, let us continue to nurture emerging technology to further leverage all that it has to offer. At the same time, the journey of progress should be guided by us, not lead by the technology itself.

What's Your Biggest Social Media Fear?

Posted 08.28.2012 | Parents

Social media can be an invaluable tool: a forum for sharing news and anecdotes, somewhat offensive ecards, a font of crowdsourced information and a co...

Keeping Kids Safe in Cyberspace

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

When my children were old enough to have screen names, I ran a benevolent dictatorship. This meant that I was not always right, but I was never wrong.

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."

Kids 3.0: How to Raise Healthy Children in a Tech World

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

I also saw significant parallels between children's development and the development of software.

Technology vs. Parents

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.09.2012 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Technology is just a tool and it is what we do with it that determines whether it helps or hurts our children.

Are You Ready for Your Kid to Google You? | Posted 10.02.2012 | Parents

What happens when our young kids are old enough to get on a computer, type in our names, and see what comes up?

Should Cell Phones Go To Summer Camp?

Common Sense Media | Posted 08.14.2012 | Parents
Common Sense Media

If the kids can unplug, why can't we? Here are some tried and tested tips from recovering camp moms. You will get through it.

How To Stop Your Smartphone From Getting Between You And Your Child

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 07.25.2012 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

When your child sees that you are choosing to be with him and not the phone, the computer, the laundry, or the baby, that strengthens your connection.

Why Technology Steals The Magic Of Childhood

David Wygant | Posted 07.01.2012 | Parents
David Wygant

We're becoming a fast-food, fast-technology, digital generation of over-sharing consumers with no real social skills. And it's time to save ourselves.

Do Kids Know How To Use An Encyclopedia?

Posted 03.16.2012 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Once upon a time, people used thick, heavy reference books to look ...

Closing the App Gap

Lesli Rotenberg | Posted 05.15.2012 | Parents
Lesli Rotenberg

Some will continue to debate whether apps are appropriate for kids at all -- regardless of income. But we've found that not only are touch screen apps intuitive and age-appropriate for young children, they also have powerful learning potential.