Category - Media Safety

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
Sleep
Special Challenges

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

18 Ways to Unplug as a Family

Leisure & Vacation
Media Safety
Parents Tips

A sleeping bag for a phone? It might sound silly, but this idea is making the rounds as a fun solution to a common family problem: Family time is being squeezed out for screen time. And, while kids are spending an astonishing 9 hours a day on electronic media, parents often need reminders as well to put the shiny devices down and engage with our families and surroundings. National Day of Unplugging, March 3 – 4 (sundown to sundown), is an idea whose time has come. Participants are encouraged to take the pledge to unplug and then continue some of… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on February 28, 2017

Technology vs. the Art of Conversation

Leisure & Vacation
Media Safety
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Increasingly we rely on technology, email, voicemail, Facebook, Snapchat, and texting to communicate with others. It is not uncommon for groups of children and teens to gather for a social outing only to be found looking at their phones and not at one another. Our level of engagement and the way we spend time with one another is changing rapidly and with great consequences. One of the main reasons young children held my attention for decades is because of their keen ability to engage us with creative, entertaining, and very humorous, conversation. The way that children weave their colorful stories… Continue Reading


Posted by Mechele Pruitt on January 11, 2016

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