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Technology and Kids

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.

5 Ways Technology Has Changed the Way We Parent

April McCormick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
April McCormick

Do 7-year-olds really need a tablet for Christmas? Do we really need to spy on the babysitter? Do we really need to consult Dr. Google over every bump, scrape, cough and sneeze?

How Much Technology Should You Let Your Child Use?

Dr. Larry Rosen | Posted 06.24.2013 | Parents
Dr. Larry Rosen

The critical questions are: Is this bad for our children? Is it wrong to provide them the most up-to-date tools for both entertainment and teaching? Is it wrong to want to see our children smile and grin as they watch their favorite videos?

Introducing Your Children to Social Media, the Expert's View

Tony Loftis | Posted 06.15.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

"I gave my kids access to email at relatively young ages. I wanted them to learn while they still listened to me."

The Touch-Screen Generation, Digital Natives, Your Kids!

Leslie Hendry | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Leslie Hendry

Just three years old, tablets, and the iPad in particular, have turned out to be phenomenal tools for the under-six set. At no other time have parents had a sophisticated and user-friendly product that demonstrates kids' innate logic and abilities.

The Key to Digital Teen Safety: Parental Engagement

Tony Loftis | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

I spoke with Tim Woda looking for his advice on how to keep children safe growing up in the digital age. We also spoke about parent engagement, getting parents to understand that it's okay to monitor their children's online conversations with friends. Our parents did it. We can as well.

Teenagers, Nudity, Cell Phones and Social Media: The Parenting Nightmare of 2013

Kirsten Bischoff | Posted 05.19.2013 | Parents
Kirsten Bischoff

Parents need creative solutions. We all know that the best defense is a good offense, so as a parent I try to constantly stay abreast of what the "cool" social media sites are, and where my daughter is engaging.

For Parents, Perfecting a Strategy for Screen Time Rules Can Be Confusing -- and Controversial

Erin Mantz | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Erin Mantz

Seeing them playing games and using silly apps bothers me, but if I know they're on their devices connecting with friends, I'm sort of OK with it. I like the idea of them being social on screens. Did I just say that? Is that social? It is today.

How Technology Is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 02.02.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Technological development is shaping the way we think. The uncertain reality is that we have neither the benefit of historical hindsight nor the time to ponder or examine the value and cost of these advancements in terms of how it influences our children's ability to think.

The Secret to Helping Your Kids Study Without Distractions

Dr. Larry Rosen | Posted 01.09.2013 | Parents
Dr. Larry Rosen

Our study found that if a student checked Facebook just once during the 15-minute study period, he or she had a lower GPA.

Texting, TV and Tech Trashing Children's Attention Spans

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Although teachers see a number of advantages in young people's heavy use of digital media (especially in their ability to find information quickly and efficiently), it is the potentially harmful effects that have families, educators and policy makers worried.

Latest Studies And Reports About Children And The Digital World

Posted 03.14.2013 | Parents

Should you worry about social media? Do video games affect focus? Are screens really harmful? It can be difficult to sort through all the information ...

Tips For Parents On Setting Limits With Technology, From Carrie Goldman (WATCH)

Posted 08.20.2013 | MarloThomas

When Carrie Goldman, parenting expert and author of "Bullied", joined me on Mondays With Marlo, we discussed how to set limits on technology for child...

Yes, Virginia, We Did Have to Get Up to Change the Channel

Jane L. Rosen | Posted 11.24.2012 | Parents
Jane L. Rosen

Even a "chill" mother like myself has heard the following leave my lips: "Why aren't you texting me back? Why did I buy you the latest phone if you were not going to answer it? Why did you change your status to 'in a relationship' with Susie Sassler? Honey, are you gay? You can tell me anything."

Keeping Kids Safe in Cyberspace

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

When my children were old enough to have screen names, I ran a benevolent dictatorship. This meant that I was not always right, but I was never wrong.

Kids 3.0: How to Raise Healthy Children in a Tech World

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

I also saw significant parallels between children's development and the development of software.

Create a Distraction-Free Zone

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2012 | Parents
Art Markman, Ph.D.

That is where technology comes to the rescue for kids. In the middle of that frustration, they are prone to turn to a smart phone app, to start texting with a friend, or to take a break and play a video game. This multitasking is a killer for complex learning.

What Are Mobile Devices Teaching Your Kids?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 07.31.2011 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

Mobile learning blends traditional pedagogy with technology to reach every child. The question is not if your child should use a mobile device in school, but how to do it safely.