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  • Addressing your screen time struggles with science and understanding.

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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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    Parenting in the Digital Age

    It has never been an easy job to be a parent of a young child.  But in our fast-paced and easily distracted digital age the use of handheld devices has become ubiquitous. Smartphone and tablets are often found in your hands, and we worry about…

    Parenting in the Digital Age
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    Persuasive Design and Growing Brains: Why It Can Be So Hard to Unplug

    “I am going to be screen free tonight!” I say to myself with conviction. I am already looking forward to a calm and focused evening. “Anything I need to see on my phone can wait until tomorrow,” I think with confidence. I place my phone on…

    Persuasive Design and Growing Brains: Why It Can Be So Hard to Unplug
  • A teen and technology listening to headphones while on her phone

    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
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    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
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    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

“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