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An Innovative Way to Control Your Kid's Screen Time

Quora | Posted 01.06.2017 | Parents

How much computer time should I let my 8-year-old son have? I give him 30 minutes a day but he keeps on bugging me about it. originally appeared on Qu...

Parents Worry About Kids’ Screen Time... But Can’t Put Their Own Phones Away

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 12.06.2016 | Parents

Screen time is a major concern for many mothers and fathers, particularly parents of tweens and teens who live in a truly digital world. How much is O...

Is Watching TV Bad For Kids?

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 11.15.2016 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

I prefer to put my kids in front of the TV than lose my mind, my patience, or my temper with them. I believe TV makes me a better parent.

How We're Endangering our Kids' Imaginations

Melissa Bernstein | Posted 11.02.2016 | Parents
Melissa Bernstein

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released its updated guidelines for children's media use. The recommendations reflect what I thi...

Children, Screens, and Why It's Time to Take Back Childhood

Melissa Bernstein | Posted 10.24.2016 | Parents
Melissa Bernstein

"Our children deserve the freedom to unleash their imagination and experience wonder in the world so that they can discover themselves, their passions...

Moving Beyond the Screen Time Debate: The Road Out of the Digital Wild West

Michael Levine | Posted 10.21.2016 | Education
Michael Levine

Today's announcement by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the joint statement of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Heal...

AAP Changes Screen Time Guidelines For Kids Under 2

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.21.2016 | Parents

For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics has discouraged any screen time for children under the age of 2. On Friday, however, the group relaxed i...

Why Our Kids Need Rules Around 'Media Time'

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 09.21.2016 | Education
Devishobha Ramanan

"Just five more minutes, Mom!" How many times have we all heard that one! 'Screen time' that largely meant television and a few early video games ...

Back-to-School Essential

Brook Packard | Posted 08.25.2016 | Parents
Brook Packard

Back-to-school is officially a "season." Depending on where you live in the United States, it starts in early August and ends around the third week of September.

Pokémon! Can Divorced Co-Parents Protect Kids from Excessive Screen Time?

Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq. | Posted 08.24.2016 | Divorce
Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq.

When it's their turn for parenting time, your former spouse has no problem letting your child spend hours playing Pokémon Go. It's a great incentive to get outside, he or she claims. But you've been reading up about kids and technology addiction and this latest gaming craze seems to fit all the criteria. What happens when you're a divorced parent who just wants to see Pokémon Go, Pokémon gone?

The Advantages Of Learning To Play Alone

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Does your child say they are bored when they are left alone to play? Certainly, kids need to learn to play with other kids to learn social skills, sharing, and the pleasure of being with other children. But there are huge gains for a child learning to be happy by entertaining themselves such as becoming independent learners and creators and feeling self-sufficient.

Effects Of Screen Time On Adult Sleep

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Screen time at night keeps adults from falling asleep and sleeping well due to cognitive stimulation and sleep deprivation. Your brain's electrical activity increases, neurons race and divert you from calming down into a peaceful state of mind for sleep.

Talking About Race With A Toddler Takes An Unexpected Turn.

Farrah Alexander | Posted 07.27.2016 | Parents
Farrah Alexander

Me: Miss Elaina's skin looks a little different than ours. Some people have brown skin or black skin, some people have pink-y skin like ours. But, we're all the same on the inside. At this point, Daniel's jaw drops and he gasps. Daniel: IS THERE SOMEONE INSIDE OF YOU? ... Is there something inside of me? IS IT A TYRANNOSAURUS?!

Are Gifted Kids More Sensitive To Screen Violence?

The Conversation US | Posted 01.11.2017 | Education
The Conversation US

One commonly held belief is that gifted students don't need help and will do fine on their own. This perception may be due to the empirical evidence showing that many gifted students do end up quite successful later in life.

This Is the Secret to Raising Kids Who Can Cope Without Screens

Quora | Posted 07.14.2016 | Parents

How do I get my 2 year old to stop using phones/computers/TV all the time? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelli...

Tech Distraction and 'Ill Communication'

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Denise Lisi DeRosa

In 1994 the Beastie Boys released their multi-platinum selling hip-hop album Ill Communication. The title, and lyrics throughout, reference the break-...

Do You Know the Secret to Raising a Safe, Smart Kid?

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.01.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

When it comes to parenting frustrations, nothing beats the challenges of setting screen limits, picking appropriate media, and figuring out Snapchat. We're raising "digital natives" but we're supposed to be the experts? Actually, no. It turns out, the most effective way to help your kid have a healthy relationship to media is by being their media mentor.

Sitting Is Like the New Smoking, Screens Are the New Crack

Gabriela Masala | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Gabriela Masala

May we have the discipline in this wild, plugged in world to prioritize face to face intimacy with living, breathing beings and to live playfully in our bodies, not watching "life" through screens.

Connecting With Boys Offline in an Online World

Jennifer Gregory | Posted 04.27.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Gregory

I want to engage my post-millennial "gamer" kids. I want to bond with them, confide in them and inspire their creativity. I want them to trust me. I want to understand their 21st century adolescent angst, and I want to speak their language. Except when they speak in hashtags

What's The Real Reason You Can't Stop Staring At Your Phone?

Emily Hirsh | Posted 03.09.2017 | Healthy Living
Emily Hirsh

Here are some suggested ways to better manage your screen time. All of these are new habits are ones I have struggle with and consciously make an effort to implement in my own life:

Why Netflix And Sleep Don't Mix

Lucy Friedmann | Posted 02.25.2017 | Healthy Living
Lucy Friedmann

Studies have begun to examine the use of Netflix as a procrastination method, even as a form of sleep procrastination.

Are Screens Straining Your Marriage?

Tara Glenn | Posted 02.17.2017 | Technology
Tara Glenn

The more time that the husbands used social networking sites, the more dissatisfied the wives became, and the couples also recorded that they also saw an uptick in conflict within the marriage, as well as increased feelings of instability.

Tech-Savvy Kids Forgetting How to Make Conversation

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.09.2017 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Our children learn far more from watching us than from our scoldings or lectures. Is your phone on the table at meal time? Do you carry it with you when you go for a walk? Show your kids what it looks like to disconnect from your devices to make sure all of you is in-the-room when it's family time.

Digital Eye Strain

Annie Negrin MD | Posted 01.25.2017 | Healthy Living
Annie Negrin MD

• Give your peepers a rest! I know electronic readers are convenient, but I recommend reading a real book now and then if you spend time all day on screens. Pick up a newspaper or magazine now and then instead of going to the website.

Managing Media With Your Ex

Common Sense Media | Posted 01.15.2017 | Divorce
Common Sense Media

Trying to find middle ground across two households and between two people who -- shockingly -- might not agree on everything can be twice as difficult. But syncing up media rules with your ex is key to managing your kids' overall screen time and maintaining a measure of quality control.