Articles containing: social media

Let’s Talk About “Eighth Grade”

August 8, 2018

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Lots of things crossed my mind as I cringed and smiled my way through Bo Burnham’s amazing new film, Eighth Grade.

First – and this particular sentiment was a near-constant refrain – I found myself swimming in gratitude that I was no longer in 8th grade myself.

There Are All Sorts of Ways of Making Things Better

January 26, 2018

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Things might seem kind of awful lately.

Every news headline, from every corner of American ideology, feels pretty depressing.  We are subjected to nihilistic rants or apocalyptic predictions.  When do we smile? When our late-night talk-show hosts use our negativity for comedic material.  I’ll admit it.

“You would do it if you loved me.” Teens, Coercive Relationships, and Digital Media

December 12, 2017

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You would have to be completely unplugged to have missed the heightened reports of sexually coercive behavior among celebrities, prominent media figures, and politicians. Indeed, the seemingly sudden explosion of public knowledge of these deplorable actions might lead you to believe that we are encountering a new phenomenon.

How to Be “Smart” in the Time of Smartphones

If you were born more than a couple of decades ago, the chances are pretty good that you’ll remember the family dinner where there were five conversations at once.

“I got a lousy grade in math today,” you might have said.

Embracing Reason in a World of (Expensive) Consumerism

October 17, 2017

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Let’s talk about stuff.

I’m not talking about the stuff we talk about when we say to each other “Hey, we got stuff to talk about.”

I mean, literally, stuff. 

I’m talking about stuff you can hold, stuff you can carry, stuff that you can tangibly use. Stuff that can, ultimately, cost a whole lot of money.

Could Screen-Free Week Backfire? Finding The Middle Ground

We are now in what I believe is the 17th annual “Screen-Free Week” in the United States and abroad. This is a much publicized and highly laudable movement that asks us to take a week—an entire week—to get our children to unplug whatever they happen to own with a screen.

The Role Of Apps In Distracted Teen Driving

As parents, we share some really big milestones with our children. There’s riding that bike for the first time, braving the first day of school, or marching off to sleep-away camp.

And, of course, there’s the huge anxiety-provoking-and-incredibly-exciting moment of earning the first driver’s license.

Hitting Reset On The Portland Diner Debate

When the story came out about a family’s dining experience at Marcy’s Diner, I didn’t think much about it:

Portland diner owner under fire for yelling at toddler, Facebook posts

Currently, however, this is the story that a lot of people and parents want to talk about.

How Schools Respond When A Child Is Being Cyberbullied

As a child psychiatrist, I often find myself in adversarial negotiations with school districts.  I am typically advocating for more intensive services for my patients, while school districts are often determining the best use of limited resources.  This issue is rarely more poignant than when it comes to a child being cyberbullied.

Hit Send, No Wait: The Dangers Of A Hyper-Personal Online Life

September 18, 2013

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Online communication can bring mischief and even serious trouble to peers and colleagues because it invites far more disinhibition than face-to-face conversation.