Articles containing: technology

Teen Driving Study Reveals “App and Drive” is New Danger Among Teens, New Worry for Parents

August 1, 2016

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BOSTON, August 1, 2016 – Teens have been inundated with messages about the dangers of texting while driving over the past several years—and while this message is still vitally important, texting is not the only danger popping up on their smartphone.

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TV Doesn’t (Necessarily) Make Kids Fat

May 11, 2015

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Here are three recent headlines that got me thinking:

“Watching one hour of TV per day increases risk for obesity by 50%”

“Watching TV for Just an Hour a Day Can Make Children Obese”

“Study makes surprising link between TV time and childhood obesity”

Oversimplifications? Um, yes.

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How To Talk To Your Kids About Internet Pornography

February 3, 2015

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When I was in medical school, there was this show called Beavis and Butthead.

Beavis and Butthead (as their names suggest) were two exaggerated versions of typical early adolescent boys who snickered at words with even a hint of sexual connotation.  It was fashionable when the show was on to imitate their raspy laughter.

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Why It’s OK To Be Unplugged At Summer Camp

July 7, 2014

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Camp provides time to be in nature and to practice living away from family. And, other than time spent asleep, camp is one of the few extended periods of time when kids will be away from their screens and devices. To better understand why it’s hard to unplug for summer camp, we interviewed Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

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The Impact Of Technology

May 19, 2014

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In my clinical practice, I’m surprised how often I’m competing for a child’s attention, even when it’s just the two of us in a room. Commonly when I’m meeting with a child, he or she has some sort of electronic device in-hand—a phone, a video gaming device, a tablet. I know this is an experience that many adults have shared.

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Should The TV Be On Or Off During Times Of Breaking News?

March 20, 2014

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During times of “breaking news,” we are all drawn to our TVs, phones and computers for information. This was especially true throughout the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and lockdown, when we found the drama usually reserved for action-adventure movies playing out in our own neighborhoods.

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3 Sites Your Kids Are Using

January 22, 2014

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More than 11 million young people have fled Facebook since 2011.  Just as parents and grandparents are getting the hang of Facebook and Twitter, kids—especially those between 13 and 17 years old—are leaving…and fast.

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The Holidays: Unplugged

December 18, 2013

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We like to play on our computers as much as anyone. But during the holidays, solitary screen time squanders the chance to play with siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins and friends who are also on vacation. Taking a break from work can also mean a chance to recharge without being tethered to our computers.

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Do As I Say, Not As I TXT: Tips For Parents To Manage Technology Use At The Dinner Table

November 26, 2013

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In 21st-century America, where we no longer quilt on the front porch, play musical instruments together, or plant beans side-by-side in the field, dinner is the primary occasion we use to connect with one another. It’s also an important time to tell family stories, teach social skills and model good manners.

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When Digital Natives Become Parents

September 18, 2013

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The first generation of digital kids are now old enough to be parents themselves.  This is the Millennial Generation, born between 1980 and 2000, who grew up on video games, had access to email in grade school, cell phones in high school, and Facebook in college.

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