Category - Technology

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

The Technology Rules Kids and Teens Wish Their Parents Would Follow

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Technology

A recent research study entitled Not at the Dinner Table: Parents’ and Children’s Perspectives on Family Technology Rules found that the majority of the 259 families studied have rules around social media and technology. It also found that only 6% of families have no rules or expectations at all about technology use. The researchers asked the same questions to the parents and children in each family and the conclusions were eye opening. This study also generated seven general rules children wished their parents would follow: Be present Given the rapid rise of different types of technology available to us today,… Continue Reading


Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on March 1, 2018

18 Ways to Unplug as a Family

Leisure & Vacation
Media Safety
Parents Tips
Technology

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

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