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Look Up: How an Encounter With the Stars Showed My Kids They Are Not the Center of the Universe

Gina Maier | Posted 11.05.2015 | Parents
Gina Maier

"Am I that small? Is there really so much more out there, beyond my life, my world?" These are liberating thoughts for kids who largely believe the world revolves around them. Particularly this tech-saturated generation, where the world they know best fits in the palm of their hand -- aka their smartphones.

Mom's Viral 'Experiment' Urges Parents To Rethink Screen Time

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.05.2015 | Parents

A California mom's viral "experiment" offers a message for parents about technology.  On November 2, mom Brandie Wood shared a Facebook post...

An Empathic Parents Guide to Getting Kids Off the F*&$#@! Screens

Dr. Shelley Prevost | Posted 11.04.2015 | Parents
Dr. Shelley Prevost

I'm not raising robots who simply do what I tell them to do. I want them to think for themselves and share their thoughts about the world with me. This is the template for how they will communicate with others long after they leave my house, and I want them to be able to stand their ground.

The 10 Most Violent Video Games of 2015 (And Better Alternatives for Your Kids)

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

If you want to be engaged in your kid's hobbies, you try to understand as much as possible about them. But when the video games your kid wants feature ultra violent content, it's tough to keep an open mind.

Screen Time and the AAP: Wait Just a Minute

Gail Cornwall | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Gail Cornwall

News that TVs and iPads are healthier for our infants and toddlers than previously thought would indeed be cause for celebration as a world of cheap, flexible babysitting opens. But it's a little premature to be ordering cake and filling balloons, for a few reasons.

Is the American Academy of Pediatrics Copping Out on Kids' Screen Time?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.13.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Updating old policies can be a good thing as a way to keep current and consistent with the latest thinking and research. But all indications are that the changes are heading in the wrong direction.

A New Incentive to Put Your Phone Down

Rodale Wellness | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Rodale Wellness

You know you shouldn't be glued to your phone all the time, but even if it's not buzzing, chirping, or ping-ing, it's so easy to absentmindedly sink into the endless feed scroll. Resist!

A Flat-Earth Entertainment Landscape

Gail Becker | Posted 10.08.2015 | Entertainment
Gail Becker

When it comes to entertainment content, consumers now put equal trust in traditional content creators, online streaming platforms AND the brands they buy from. In other words, consumers don't care where content is coming from, as long as it is entertaining.

How Screen Time Is Changing the Way Kids Play: Finding the Right Balance for Your Child

Vikas Gupta | Posted 10.08.2015 | Parents
Vikas Gupta

One interesting development in the recent years has been around the world of connected play -- where physical products connect smart devices, often iPhones or iPads, and give kids a new way to play. How do you look at screen time in that world, where children are interacting with a physical object, while still using a computer with a screen?

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.