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Screen Time

The Allure of Technology for Young Learners

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 04.17.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Children need a balance of activities, including lots of physical play and movement, non-screen-based learning and reading; and healthy routines for eating, sleeping and hygiene, along with age-appropriate, education-focused screen time with adult oversight and monitoring.

The Day I Stopped Being A Zombie Parent!

Eleni Makedonas | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Eleni Makedonas

Maybe it's time we put the cameras away and allow the picture to develop in our minds instead of on a memory card

A New Parent's Guide to Social Media

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Other parents understand the urge to brag about every little thing, but social media is a give and take. Be thoughtful about what you're sharing, why and with whom. And make sure to comment, like, or otherwise interact with what friends and family post to keep it, you know, social.

Finding a Healthy Balance -- For You and Your Kids -- With Media and Technology

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.06.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

We've all seen that dad yakking away on his cell phone at the playground while his 3-year-old resorts to increasingly desperate measures to get his attention. We've also been that parent.

Getting Kids to Dinner Is A Nightly Battle!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

When we come AT our children with rules and regulations, they instinctively resist. But when we enlist them in collectively addressing a problem by contributing possible solutions, they will also be more likely to adhere to agreements they took part in creating.

YouTube Kids: Implications for the Kids Media Industries

David Kleeman | Posted 02.26.2015 | Media
David Kleeman

Kids already spend lots of time with YouTube, and it's become not only a top entertainment destination, but a key contributor to their learning. Increasingly, young people look for visual demonstrations to answer questions.

To Buy In or Not to Buy In

Susan Linn | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents
Susan Linn

It is increasingly difficult to shield children from commercialism, even for families making a concerted effort.

The Curious George Dilemma

Susan Linn | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Susan Linn

Your son may fuss at first, but if you're worried that he can't tear himself away or that he struggles a lot when it's time to stop, you can choose to significantly limit or eliminate his screen time until he's older.

Responding to the President's Call for Student Privacy

Sara Kloek | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Sara Kloek

Privacy is important but so is helping kids develop new skills, learn about the world, and have fun. When it comes to apps, a little knowledge can go a long way for both parents and for kids.

Our 'Slow Tech' Family iRules

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

There will be days, events, outings and holidays when we all commit to being device-free. Sometimes it feels nice to go for a walk without bringing the hundreds of people we know along with us.

Newer (and Better) Recommendations on Screen Time for Young Children

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Christopher J. Ferguson

Increasingly our world is a wired one. But keeping our children away from screens entirely may never have been the best of ideas.

8 Ways to Unplug Your Holidays

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

What's topping your kids' holiday wish lists this year? Chances are it has a screen, Internet access and games. With a little planning -- and kids' assistance -- you can balance your family's tech activities with much-needed face time. Here's how.

How Young Is Too Young for Screen Time?

Katya Andresen | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Katya Andresen

My view is that it's always a good choice to read to your children. Reading has been shown to diminish stress, improve concentration, fuel academic achievement and build empathy. So whether it's on a page or on a screen, read with your child as much as you can.

What Do I Do About Screen Time?

Dion Lim | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dion Lim

Parents worldwide struggle with how much screen time to allow children. To hit this ever-moving target, I have found questions to ponder more helpful than rules to follow. Here is a list of ones I hope will be useful for your family to discuss together.

6 Reasons I Love That My Kids Watch My Little Pony

Melissa Kaye | Posted 01.30.2015 | Parents
Melissa Kaye

Each episode seeks to leave their little viewers a bit wiser and empowered than they were a half hour earlier. These feisty little phillies focus on big ideas and they hammer home their messages in a way that resonates with kids.

The Beauty I Found in 36 Hours With No Cell Phone, Laptop or TV

Janie Porter | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Janie Porter

During this day, I realized how much the Internet is a crutch for my to-do list. My calendar is on my laptop, emails are the language of business, Facebook is central to my social life and Pinterest is my hub for dinner recipes. It felt rewarding to find ways around that dependence.

These Grown-Ups Are Making a Living Playing With Toys Online, and Internet Kids Love It!

Melissa Maypole | Posted 01.18.2015 | Technology
Melissa Maypole

As I began to investigate a bit, I found out that there are quite a few adults making toy videos on YouTube as their full-time jobs. One such YouTuber, Brandon Haynes, co-founder of DCTC, agreed to speak with me about he and his friend Amy Jo's motivation for their work.

Rules Of Engagement: Ten Rules For Teens And Tech

Debra Fine | Posted 01.13.2015 | Technology
Debra Fine

The world is moving fast, but failing to protect our children from jumping ahead to adulthood and skipping the joy and heartbreak of growing up could be a mistake - and not one that could be seen through a real-time 3D window.

Putting Your Kids on a Healthy Media Diet

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

There's an interesting article winding up in parent's e-mailboxes these days containing an unexpected implied message from late Apple founder Steve Jobs: Manage your child's use of technology.

Cyberbullying, Online Abuse or Political Scandal: 41-Year-Old Monica Lewinsky Ought to Know the Difference

Diane Primo | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Diane Primo

I am shocked--shocked--that Monica Lewinsky considers the Internet the major contributor to her ruined reputation; shocked that she considered her situation similar to Tyler Clementi's; and shocked at her timing.

Study Shows How Screen Time Can Improve Your Toddler's Reading Comprehension

Brad Spirrison | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Brad Spirrison

As an educational app reviewer with a four-year-old who was born a month before the debut of the iPad, I can verify that Learn with Homer is among the best apps available that teaches foundational reading.

Make Home Life a Priority Again

Jennifer L. Scott | Posted 12.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Jennifer L. Scott

Is it possible to find a balance and be able to enjoy the wonders of the Internet and our favorite shows while also living well at home? With a little self-discipline and a change of perspective, it is possible to make our home life a priority again.

Minecraft Explained from a Mom Who Gets It (Finally!)

Melissa Maypole | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Melissa Maypole

Since my twelve year-old son has been obsessed with the game for some time now, I thought I'd pick his brain about what exactly is so compelling about the virtual world and what he thinks about the idea of Minecraft in the classroom.

Child's Play Is No Joke: A Mother and Toymaker's Mission to Unplug Playtime

Mary Beth Minton | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Minton

As another beautiful sunny day was hastily snuffed out by the whipping of heavy drapes across the window to avoid the glare in the screen, I became fascinated -- and horrified -- by the power this screen held over my normally adventurous and outdoorsy kids.

We Turned Off the TV

Allison Hart | Posted 11.22.2014 | Parents
Allison Hart

Five hours. It took five hours for my 7.5 year old to figure out how to play without the help of technology or the undivided attention of an adult.