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Screen Time

The One Rule You Really Should Enforce This School Year

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents

While parents grapple with how much screen time is too much for children, new research now supports their suspicions: An excess amount of time in fron...

Kids and Media: Screen or Window?

David Kleeman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
David Kleeman

Digital photography and video are essentially free, so why not let kids capture their own perspective on family trips or events?

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?

Is IPad Monopoly ‘Screen Time?'

The New York Times | Posted 08.14.2014 | Parents

It’s a rainy summer day here. Pouring, in fact. But it remains a weekday, and the usual household rules are still in effect: iPads, computers, telev...

TV: Killing Us Softly?

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

So TV is bad for us -- but what to do when being "bad" can feel oh-so-good (and change can seem oh-so-rough). Here are some tips on how to get yourself and your kids up off the couch and doing something else that will pay better dividends.

Cyberbullying: We're Focusing on the Wrong Part of the Word

Megan Egbert | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Megan Egbert

Instead of filtering content that our children can access, let's start filtering our own words, decisions and actions in their presence.

What I Didn't Do on My Summer Vacation

Patrick Corvington | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Patrick Corvington

While for many kids summer is long-awaited, for many parents it's long-feared. It's a time when low-income kids are losing ground and gaining weight rather then gaining ground and losing weight; a time when they are slipping down the summer slide.

Why Summertime Shouldn't Mean More Screen Time

Diana Graber | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Diana Graber

Staring down at your phone for the greater part of the day can't be good for anyone. Yet short of prying those devices from the hands of our kids (hard to do when most of us have our own phone in the other hand), there's got to be a way to help them live a more balanced life.

The Ghosts of Screen Time Past

Lori Ferraro | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

Some days my brother and I put in a full workday in front of the tube, complete with tray tables so we could watch through breakfast and lunchtime. Based on conversations with friends, their homes were also full of many hours of television as well. And guess what? We're all fine.

20 Reasons I'm Not a Cool Mom

Sarah Bregel | Posted 07.05.2014 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

12. If you can put on no less than 14 different outfits a day a warp speed without a problem, you can most definitely dress yourself for school. I will, however, gladly help with tricky buttons.

When Selfie-Improvement Apps Go Too Far

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.29.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

For a long time, parents have discouraged kids from comparing the way they look to celebrities, models or even to their friends. But today's teens can't help but idealize their own carefully-selected and perfected photos.

Hungry for Attention: Is Your Cell Phone Use at Dinnertime Hurting Your Kids?

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Our children desperately need us to stay present with them. In this increasingly distracting world, how are they ever to learn how to prioritize people over things?

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.

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.

Still No Evidence That Touch Screens Are Good for Babies

Susan Linn | Posted 05.19.2014 | Science
Susan Linn

Dimitri Christakis, co-author of the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations to discourage screen time for children under 2, has changed his position. He did so based on what he frankly identifies as a "hunch" associated with development of the iPad.

I Use My iPhone to Cope With the Stress of Parenting

Sarah Fader | Posted 05.14.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

Sometimes, we don't know what to do as parents, and so we zone out as a defense mechanism. I'm surrounded by an incredibly uncomfortable feeling that I'm failing my child and hence, I look to this neutral device that is in the back pocket of my jeans chilling, waiting for me to click on it.

The Joys of Screen-Free Thinking

Ximena Vengoechea | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Ximena Vengoechea

When I began my journaling journey, I decided to close my laptop and go it by hand. And that month I discovered a funny, simple thing: writing -- by hand -- makes me a better writer. And reading -- on paper -- that makes me a better reader, too.

What's a Dad to Do?

Charles J. Alaimo | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Charles J. Alaimo

Conveying the importance of focus and studying when friends are within reach is a difficult balance for my daughter and at times, I feel as I have lost out. I fear she has lost out.

Why I'll Put My Phone Down on the National Day of Unplugging

Tanya Schevitz | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Tanya Schevitz

Be honest. When is the last time you picked your children up from school and focused on them without checking email, texting or sneaking a peek at Facebook soon after they got in the car?

I Text When I Help With Homework and I'm Still a Good Parent

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Dr. Kate Roberts

We can't parent at the same level of intensity all the time. Our parents may not have been using screens, but they were multi-tasking.

Taking A Holiday From Technology

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

A technology holiday allows us to slow down the pace of life, look around and become more aware of our immediate surroundings. To the most important people in our lives, this demonstrates that we are willing to sacrifice screen time for face time, an act that communicates love and warmth.

5 Non-Negotiable Rules For Responsible Media Use

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

Sometimes we forget that many everyday parenting lessons also apply to the online world.

Does Daddy Time Have to Be Video Game Time?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.16.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Most parents feel that they are stumbling in the dark when it comes to figuring out how to integrate screen time into their family's lives. We try one thing -- perhaps giving our kids unlimited access to their devices -- only to realize that we have to course correct and set time limits.

I'm a Mom Who Loves the iPad Bouncy Seat. Let's Make It Even Better!

Andrea Bonior | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

Let's face it-- we live in a technological world, and babies need to be prepared for this from Day One. What happens if your child starts preschool and he or she is behind because they have not yet developed crucial electronic life skills, like touching a screen at exactly the right angle?

Give Your Child More Screen-Time, Here's Why

Wandy Hoh | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Wandy Hoh

These days, when you look at kids sitting on the subway or cross town bus, they're not hooked on crossword puzzles and word searches. They're heads down in their tablets, sometimes sharing with a sibling, other times playfully fighting over one.