It's normal for teens to get lost on the Internet or talk with friends over social media channels like Facebook, but there should come a time when spending too much time doing these warrants a discussion on limiting their use.
When it comes to parenting frustrations, nothing beats the challenges of setting screen limits, picking appropriate media, and figuring out Snapchat. We're raising "digital natives" but we're supposed to be the experts? Actually, no. It turns out, the most effective way to help your kid have a healthy relationship to media is by being their media mentor.
Research shows that the very young learn best via real life, back-and-forth "talk time." Passive viewing doesn't cut it. Additionally, unstructured offline play stimulates creativity and co-viewing media with children is critical.
Leisure activities of children have always changed over time, but the digital age has probably changed it most in the least amount of time. Traditional forms of leisure activities have been modified beyond recognition, or at least augmented by newer technology.
In a new episode of "If Our Bodies Could Talk" published at TheAtlantic.com on Thursday, health columnist Dr. James Hamblin
The American Academy of Pediatrics has taken a clear stance on screen time for children under the age of 2, discouraging
Recent studies (and digital detox stories) on parents' screen habits point to device-distracted moms and dads as a growing problem for kids. It's enough to make you want to maybe-just-maybe turn off your phone and shut down your devices. But how to actually do that?
A healthy media diet balances three things: what kids do, how much time they spend doing it, and whether their content choices are age-appropriate. At some point, you'll help them take the reins and manage their own use. In the meantime, these tips can help.
Sharing books with my child helped me understand her world, and opened up crucial lines of communication when she was in elementary school that remained open throughout her tween and teen years, and to this very day.
We've all seen that dad yakking away on his cell phone at the playground while his 3-year-old resorts to increasingly desperate measures to get his attention. We've also been that parent.
The very devices and media delivery systems that provide us with unprecedented insight and understanding of the world are also distracting us from what is existing in front of our eyes.
Rather than taking an approach that makes parents feel guilty whenever their children engage with screens, we need to support and build skills in parents that support children to help them understand how we best use and manage children's engagement with screens and technology.
Instead, people will need to rely on their own internal sense of when they've had enough. By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer Published
Every parent wants his child to learn sportsmanship, and there's nothing quite like the Olympics to show you how it's done.