Category - Technology

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

Four Rules for Tidying Up Our Technology

Leisure & Vacation
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Technology

By Havi Wolfson Hall, LCSW, Child and Adolescent Specialist in JFCS’s Children’s Clinical Services Department After watching episodes of Marie Kondo’s Netflix series Tidying Up, I couldn’t help but see the correlation between her work and the work I have had the privilege of engaging in with my clients over the last two decades. Like the KonMari method, my aim for each of my clients is to empower them to take back control and learn what they need to in order to find balance in their lives: Rule #1: Become Aware Some of most exciting new advances in technology are… Continue Reading


Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on February 27, 2019

Creating Family Technology Conversations That Work

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
Technology

It’s not always easy talking about technology, screen-time, and media choices with our children and teens. Read on for suggestions from Mindful Digital Life‘s Claudia L’Amoreaux. For many parents, a “Trial and Error” approach is our default, especially when it comes to conversations about technology, media, and devices. The problem with a “Trial and Error” approach is that we’re often left with things not working out, or blown trust levels and alienated kids, which can take some time to repair. I prefer an approach that focuses on “Experiment, Reflect, and Iterate” when it comes to creating family technology conversations that lead… Continue Reading


Posted by Claudia L’Amoreaux on September 7, 2018

Rabbit Hole This Way …

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Technology

How to Help Your Kids Manage the Pull of Technology The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down what seemed to be a very deep well.— Lewis Carroll In conversations with parents about their kids’ use of technology, I hear the word “addiction” all the time. The media and a plethora of books about technology and youth reinforce this association of kids, technology, and addiction. In my observation, a rush to label young people’s complex relationship… Continue Reading


Posted by Claudia L’Amoreaux on June 4, 2018

How to Stop Facebook from Hijacking Your Attention

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Technology

We all live in the Attention Economy The most precious thing we can give to anyone or anything, particularly to our children, is our attention. And the biggest Silicon Valley companies are all racing to dominate our precious attention. Facebook. Google. Apple. But these platforms may have gotten too good for our own good. Recently, a number of technology insiders have sounded the alarm on the digital economy’s pervasive attempts to get us and our kids to continuously click, comment, scroll, like, and share. Sean Parker, the notorious Napster creator and the founding president of Facebook, has accused the world’s… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on April 12, 2018

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