Articles containing: technology

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.

The Holidays: Unplugged

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.

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

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.

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.

3 Things Technology Has Taken Away From You

September 18, 2013

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Since there are only so many hours in the day, we figured that all the hours spent on the Internet must be subtracted from some other activity.

iPhone In The Baby Bag

September 18, 2013

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With 92% of American children under the age of 2 appearing in online pictures, the United States leads the way in new parents’ use of social networking. But sites such as Facebook are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the technologies new parents have embraced.

eParenting: Setting Limits Even If Your Kids Know More Than You Do

September 18, 2013

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As clinicians who work with families, we are concerned about the amount of digital media consumed by children, and the way that many parents don’t feel they can set limits for their kids’ “screen time.

Being A “Digital Klutz” Is Good For Your Family

September 18, 2013

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The digital world opens up lots of opportunities for parents to know less than their kids. Anne’s 22-year-old son recently sent her a link to a website devoted to helping kids provide tech support to their digitally-challenged parents. At first, it seemed like a clever gag put forward by youthful pranksters at Google.

5 Ways To Avoid Becoming A Helicopter Parent As You Send Your Child Off To College

Emily, a college freshman, strolls from her dorm to her biology class and en route, she calls her mother so that she doesn’t appear aimless and lonely as she passes by her peers. She barely notices that almost all them are also on their cell phones.