Category - Media Safety

Left to Our Own Devices

Media Safety
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Technology

By Havi Wolfson Hall, LCSW, Child and Adolescent Therapist and Parent Educator at Parents Place, Palo Alto “Help! My Kid is addicted to their phone!” Multiple scientific research studies are being published about the harmful correlations of screen time and children’s mental health, and more and more parents are seeking professional guidance around how to break their children’s screen time addiction. As with any addiction, the cycle of addiction is a difficult one to break, and the number one thing that ensures success is that the addict has to admit there is a problem and be motivated and willing to… Continue Reading


Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on October 16, 2019

The Essential Rules for Getting Your Child a Phone

Discipline & Behavior
Media Safety
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

With the holidays upon us, many families of older children are faced with the question of allowing them to have a smart phone or not. Middle schoolers argue that “everyone else has one,” while parents grow tired of being their child’s social coordinator. With endless phone upgrades available, many parents have old smartphones at home, which make it easy to introduce children to phones at an earlier age than might have been the case if a parent had to spend $500 to go buy a new one. While handing down your old phone may seem like an obvious answer, we… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on December 15, 2017

13 Reasons Why—My child wants to watch it, how do I decide?

Bullying Prevention
Discipline & Behavior
Education
Media Safety
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

The popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has caused controversy among some who think the show glorifies teen suicide. The series touches on very important issues that all teens face. As a parent, you have to make the decision whether or not your child is ready to watch the widely discussed series. Of utmost importance when making this decision is to do your due diligence. Read a variety of opinions from trusted sources, watch it for yourself, and then determine if your child has the maturity and ability to process the information they will see. Remember that you are the… Continue Reading


Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on September 6, 2017

Can you please talk, not text? Parenting the Instagram generation

Media Safety
News
Preteens & Teens

The Christian Science Monitor by Michael B. Farrell and Jessica Mendoza Can kids be encouraged to let go of the virtual world – occasionally – and engage in the real one? Can they stop posting selfies long enough to think of someone else? The answer is yes. But there are bound to be some anxious moments for parents along the way. MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.—Jake Lee, a tanned California teenager in baggy shorts and a T-shirt, is lounging on the floor of his parents’ midcentury home. They live in a suburban Silicon Valley enclave of tech workers, cyber-savvy kids, and the… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on August 23, 2017

Powering Off: Taking a Digital Detox as a Family

Leisure & Vacation
Media Safety
Preteens & Teens

At their best modern devices are helpful tools and can make our lives easier. At their worst, they are remarkably addictive, and research now clearly shows that their use can lead to a host of behavioral, interpersonal, and mood issues for people of all ages. If you are reading this, you likely have a young child or adolescent. I have some bad news for you—for young children in particular, screen-time has been shown to have negative effects on sleep (which can also negatively impact mood and lead to behavioral issues), social interaction and learning, executive functioning (e.g., self-regulation and working… Continue Reading


Posted by Robyn Matlon on May 1, 2017

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