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Kids and Technology

How To Connect With Your Technology-Obsessed Kids

OWN | Posted 09.22.2014 | OWN

When it comes to her 11-year-old and 13-year-old children, Louise feels like she’s losing the battle against video games and social media. With her ...

The World Has Problems? Ask Your Kids to Solve Them!

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Fifty
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

What happens when 2,000 kids from around the world show up in Ames, Iowa to solve world problems? They get solved, and by some of the brightest kid's who are between 10 - 18 years old!

Parents Underestimate Kids' Media Use

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 09.04.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

Parents who took part in one of our early Learning Habit surveys regularly reported that their child used between 90 and 120 minutes of media per day. Yet when asked specific questions about the devices, the total was commonly between six and eight hours per day.

What Happens When Kids Go Cold Turkey from Their Screens for 5 Days?

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

Does all this time staring at screens, which may take time away from looking at faces, change the nature of what we learn about the social world?

Google Is Considering Allowing Kids To Have YouTube And Gmail Accounts

Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents

Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:42am EDT (Reuters) - Google Inc is considering allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and give their pare...

The 3 C's of Media Use

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

Online homework assignments can offer engagement and instruction for students without the need for parental assistance.

Lessons from Mister Rogers For A High Tech Generation

Lesli Rotenberg | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Lesli Rotenberg

Through years of research and conversations with parents, we've heard from scores of moms and dads who love their children and want to see them succeed in school, but who feel hopelessly on the outside of their learning.

5 Ways Kids Can Surf the Web Safer This Summer

Ivory Thompson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Technology
Ivory Thompson

For kids, summer means freedom and spending time with friends but that extra time on their hands can also mean more time to find trouble and where else but on the internet?

7 Ways Your Family Can Embrace The Slow Tech Movement

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

Slow Tech parenting isn't about perfection; it's about awareness. It's about knowing what works for your family, what aligns with your values and beliefs and above all what matters enough to protect and preserve as a parent.

My 10 Commandments of Screen Time and Technology Use

Cate Pane | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Cate Pane

Thou shall not bear false witness about the amount of screen time in thy family life. Thou shall not relax technology use guidelines when thou art weary.

This Documentary Has More to Offer Than Lemurs

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 06.04.2014 | Teen

I thought this movie would be a story of a specific lemur living in Madagascar, but I was very wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for the wonderful adventure I experienced. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a fantastic documentary that every animal or nature lover will enjoy.

10 Reasons Why I Will Continue To Give My Children Handheld Devices

Megan Egbert | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Megan Egbert

I'd rather have my kids using technology and handheld devices with me beside them. Where I can engage with them, answer questions and limit content if I have concerns.

The World Our Children Will Never Know

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Jason P. Stadtlander

I look back on the world I grew up in, and no matter how much I explain or try to show my children what it was like, I realize that they will never completely understand the world in which so many of us lived.

Mind Your Mobile Manners: Your Kids Are Watching

Jeana Lee Tahnk | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents
Jeana Lee Tahnk

Mobile manners are passed down and although they should be dictated by common sense, daily instances of egregious tech etiquette seem to indicate otherwise. Here are a few suggestions on how to set the right example.

What Today's Kids Will Never Appreciate About Technology

Lori Ferraro | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

What will happen to our kids' wow factor in a world of such advanced technology? It will be a sad day when my robot maid finally arrives, and I'm the only one who's impressed.

A Practical Guide To Balancing Screen Time And Play Time

Posted 01.24.2014 | Parents

Most parents struggle with the question of how much screen time is too much -- and experts don't make answering it any easier. Some advise that the us...

Is Tech Killing Our Favorite Children's Book Characters?

Jamie Krug | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

They don't have to imagine how my favorite childhood characters from books walk or talk, what their voices sound like or how they interact with their friends and family -- it's all right there, laid out in front of them on screens both big and small.

Texting Santa

Jane Buckingham | Posted 02.09.2014 | Los Angeles
Jane Buckingham

She had organized the presentation by "most wanted," "nice to have" and "I'd love but not really necessary." She also listed stores and price points. I've had college interns with less refined skills.

How Smartphones Behave Like Children

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Technology
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

We all know that kids like smartphones. But in some important ways, smartphones are like kids.

Why Social Media Has Value for Children

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Mark Weinstein

I commend the Academy for its efforts and intent, and it is revelatory to see that despite advances in mobile phones, iPads, computers, and the learning tools delivered by them, the group still questions their efficacy in the healthy upbringing of a child. At the same time I question some of their recommendations.

STUDY: Parents' Tech Fears Don't Match Up With Real-World Dangers

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 11.21.2013 | Parents

By danah boyd and Eszter Hargittai for Slate Parents often fear technology. They worry that their children might be exposed to inappropriate pornog...

12 Answers To The Question Every Parent Is Asking This Holiday Season

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

As a writer and speaker on parenting and the "tech and respect" movement, this is the core question I hear over and over again: "Is my child ready?"

It's Time to Demand More From Mobile Media

Lesli Rotenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lesli Rotenberg

What I have learned is that while of course we should set limits on our kids' screen time, the issue is less about time spent with media or which devices we use; rather, we need to pay attention to the content that is being served up on those devices.

The Most Brilliant Kids of 2013

Heather Spohr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Heather Spohr

It's only natural to look to the future with hope for a better tomorrow. Happily, the seeds of that tomorrow can be seen in the minds of 2013's most brilliant kids. Here are three wunderkinds who promise to be on the cutting edge of innovation for a long time.

Bianca Bosker

The Internet According To Kids (Warning: Butts Are Involved) | Bianca Bosker | Posted 11.14.2013 | Technology

NEW YORK -- People who aren’t friends on Facebook with Faye Rogaski de Muyshondt won’t learn much from her profile. They’ll see she appeared on ...