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Campaign Reminds Families Why It’s Important To Eat Together

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents

A new social advocacy movement is highlighting the importance of family dinner time. The Billion Family Dinners Challenge encourages fa...

What Happened the Day I Switched Off My Screens

Reem Kassis | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

Like most parents out there, I still had many demands on my time and so many things to do. With a home to take care of, a family to feed, errands to run, and deadlines to meet, and an inkling of desire to do some things for myself as well, the one thing I promised I would never do became my default mode of operation.

Stop Talking About 'Screen Time,' Start Thinking About Screen Use

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact

In a new episode of "If Our Bodies Could Talk" published at on Thursday, health columnist Dr. James Hamblin takes a funny, whimsical l...

Not All Minecraft Time is Created Equal

Dr. Shelley Prevost | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Dr. Shelley Prevost

Even in its complexity, I'm starting to feel differently about "screen time." Screens are not the enemy that I need to squelch (although, admittedly, I've wanted to punch them in their little pixelated faces). They are the mediums on which my children will continue to learn.

To Screen or Not to Screen With Kids Under 2

Laurie Schacht | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

Today's question is a much bigger one when it comes to screen time: How much is too much, especially with our kids under the age of 2? There's also the added question of which screen we are talking about -- is it the TV, the computer, the iPad, the smartphone?

It's Gotta Be Screen Time Somewhere

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP | Posted 08.07.2015 | Parents
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP

"Screen time" is an issue layered with complexity. Parenting during this explosive device development era demands simple rules and dictums for limiting their use. No question, this is gonna take practice. No reason not to start now.

Why We Should Focus On Our Babies, Not Our Screens

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.31.2015 | Technology

No matter how many different ways we ask the question, the answer from child development experts remains the same: humans under age 2 learn best from ...

Challenging Digital Boundaries

Jill S. Goldsmith, J.D., LAC, NCC | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
Jill S. Goldsmith, J.D., LAC, NCC

If your surgeon greeted you and told you that he was awake all last night answering emails from the hospital's chief of staff, you'd likely jump off the operating table and run. Yet, in the name of customer service, we expect lawyers, accountants and other professionals to be available 24/7.

Why TV Is Okay for Kids

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

In my only child post I discussed my view that an only child should have less stringent screen time limits than other kids, because they need to know what everyone else is talking about at school, and TV is part of a child's culture.

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 chi...

HuffPost What's Working Honor Roll: A New Program Helps Parents And Kids Learn Tech Skills Alongside Each Other

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.31.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Raising Kids in a Digital World

Robin Raskin | Posted 07.28.2015 | Technology
Robin Raskin

After watching kids and technology metamorphose for the past 30 years, I've come to some big picture thoughts for any parent who's made technology an integral part of their family life.

The One Thing We Know For Sure About Screens and Babies

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Screen time isn't intrinsically evil -- and there are clearly lots of ways we can use technology to educate and engage children. But as we explore all its possibilities, it's really important that we make sure that technology doesn't stop our children, especially our youngest children, from interacting with people -- and the world around them.

5 Reasons Kids Shouldn't Sleep Near Their Devices

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents

  When The Huffington Post and YouGov asked parents how often they let their kids sleep next to their cell phones, 30 percent said they all...

5 Simple Ways to Save Yourself From Device Addiction

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Recent studies (and digital detox stories) on parents' screen habits point to device-distracted moms and dads as a growing problem for kids. It's enough to make you want to maybe-just-maybe turn off your phone and shut down your devices. But how to actually do that?

3 Simple Rules for a Healthy Media Diet

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.15.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

A healthy media diet balances three things: what kids do, how much time they spend doing it, and whether their content choices are age-appropriate. At some point, you'll help them take the reins and manage their own use. In the meantime, these tips can help.

Kids Now Prefer Playing With Smartphones To Dessert

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents

Most kids these days are far exceeding the recommended maximum of two hours of screen time a day. But what do those stats really mean for pa...

What Your Smartphone's Sleep Interference Could Mean For Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living

Your smartphone habit may be doing more than harming your relationships -- it could be damaging your sleep and ultimately triggering depression ...

The 5 Pieces Of Advice I'd Give About Screens If Parents Ever Asked

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.14.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The explosion of tech and screens into the lives of children is outrageously obvious to me as a pediatrician.

To Spare Kids From Device Dependency, Be an Unplugged Parent

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents
Van Winkle's

It's easy to get hooked on devices. Parents must swoop in and cut their kids off. Brody cites Harvard public health experts who say that young children shouldn't have their own phones or televisions in their bedrooms.

Many Kids Feel 'Unimportant' When Parents Are Distracted By Smartphones, Survey Says

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents

  While limiting their children's screen time, parents may also want to consider being mindful of their own habits when it comes to mobile d...

13 Tips For Parenting When Screens Are Everywhere

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.07.2015 | Technology

When I started writing a column about parenting and screen time this spring, I talked to a lot of people about technology and young children, from ac...

Top 5 Things to Look for in a Summer Camp

Tara Chklovski | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Tara Chklovski

In an information age where some predictions say that knowledge will double every 12 months and soon every 12 hours, the skills that we need to develop in our children don't look like the skills we developed in school.

How Much 'Screen Time' Is Too Much? Why That's The Wrong Question

Diana Graber | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

Understandably parents want, and need, immediate guidance on how to raise happy and healthy kids, yet rigorous scientific studies of how technology affects the development of young children typically take many years to complete. With technology still in its infancy there is no easy answer to the question of "how much."

How Can I Get My Kids to Put Down Their Phones?

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media parenting expert Caroline Knorr answers questions about parenting, media, and everything in between. Q: How can I get my kids to...