September 29, 2016
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Technology Addiction and Children

You’ve read the headlines that scream, ‘Tech Addiction is Real!’ and you wonder if it’s true. Your child can’t seem to put his smart phone down and is permanently glued to his tablet. What’s going on here? Is he an addict? Are electronics like drugs to our children? In China the medical community considers technology addiction a real thing. Giving children and teens a clinical diagnosis, doctors place these ‘addicts’ into technology rehabs where they are forbidden to use any electronic media. Young people (ages 8 to 18) spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using various forms of […]
August 25, 2016
Teach internet safety

Things parents should teach kids about the internet (before they learn it on their own!)

The internet is a wild place, with rules so lax it’s often referred to as the “wild, wild west”. Yes, I’m talking about the very same wild, wild west that Billie the Kid, James Dean, and Yosemite Sam all belong to. There are almost no rules (except for Godwin’s law but that’s not a real one). Normally, as an adult you can filter out the garbage, but your children don’t have that kind of filter. When your daughter asks Siri to search the internet for photos of Jasmine, she meant the Disney character, not the exotic dancer. When your son […]
August 4, 2016

Should I let my kids use social media?

Your child is online – at least, it’s likely that he is. According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s research report “Like, post, share: Young Australians’ experience of social media,” two-thirds of children ages 12 to 13, 85 percent of 14 to 15-year-olds, and 92 percent of 16- to 17-year-olds admit to using social media in the past four weeks. Whether your child has already started social networking or is just beginning to think about it, wrestling with the question, ‘Should I really let my child use this type of technology?’ is a common 21st century problem for many […]
May 18, 2016
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Emissions: What’s what, what’s safe and what’s not

You rigorously review what your child’s watching on TV, where she’s getting her online info from and you’re all over educational apps. Job well done! Give yourself a good pat on the back for keeping your child screen-safe. Now, take a moment and turn your attention towards emissions. No, not the kind your car makes. We’re talking about the emissions coming from your smart phone, tablet or laptop. You’ve seen the stories on the news or caught the media buzz about what’s radiating from all of our electronic gizmos and gadgets. Now you’re wondering if what seems like simple screen […]