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We all know that media and technology unleash incredible opportunities for our kids and teens. They can connect, learn, create, take action, and share. We also understand that managing screen time unleashes incredible power struggles and worries: How much screen time is healthy? Is screen time bad for babies? What are the best cell phone rules for kids? What about social media and anxiety?

Media headlines don’t answer these questions very well, often relying on fear-based or tech-euphoric soundbites. You deserve guidance grounded in research so that you can worry less and parent better. Check out the posts below or search our full blog and be in touch with your questions.

  • Teenager looking at his phone with a smile on his face, demonstrating good digital citizenship

    Parenting for Digital Citizenship

    Many parents share your love/hate relationship with technology. This ambivalence makes a lot of sense! If you synthesize the mountain of research on technology's impact on kids it boils down to this: there is a lot of incredible opportunity and a lot of stuff our…

    Parenting for Digital Citizenship
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    6 Common Worries About Technology and Teens

    Technology and teens. If you are anything like me, on any given day you vacillate wildly between, “Technology is amazing! What a time to be alive!” and, “Throw. It. Out. The. Window.” Such is parenting life in the digital age. News headlines exacerbate our ambivalence. Media…

    6 Common Worries About Technology and Teens
  • Teenage girl listening to podcast with earbuds.

    These Books and Podcasts Will Boost Empathy

    We can't just hand kids a book or download a podcast titled, “Get Empathy.” Nope. But well crafted stories do allow kids to get lost in characters whose lives both mirror and diverge from their own.

    These Books and Podcasts Will Boost Empathy
  • Teenager trying to sleep in bed with cell phone

    Teenagers and Sleep in the Digital Age

    New research helps us better understand the links between cell phones, sleep, and anxiety.

    Teenagers and Sleep in the Digital Age
  • Teenager laying on bed looking at cell phone with parental controls on it.

    10 Tips for Building Trust With Parental Controls

    It doesn't work well to install parental controls, close our eyes, cross our fingers, and hope for digital greatness. How we use parental controls has a huge impact on whether or not they are effective in helping our kids build digital skills and whether or…

    10 Tips for Building Trust With Parental Controls
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    When Are Video Games Good for Kids?

    “Yeeessss! There’s going to be another Fortnite Day!” I heard a child exclaim in the hallway of my kids’ school last month. Confused, I turned to a teacher for an explanation. He responded “I think they mean snow day...” The kids were eagerly anticipating yet…

    When Are Video Games Good for Kids?
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    Here’s Why You Should Thank Your School Librarian

    The fire crackles and flickers onto the surrounding birch trees. Hanging lanterns transform the tents in front of me into glowing nests. Two signs point towards the nearest outhouses and children’s voices ring out through the air. As I describe this scene, you are likely picturing…

    Here’s Why You Should Thank Your School Librarian

“Media and technology are not inherently good or bad, they are powerful. The good or bad depends upon how we use them.”

Dr. Dave Walsh