Among one of the more recent social media trends are memes: pictures or brief videos accompanied by text intended to be humorous.
Twenty years ago, my mother didn't think twice about letting me spend hours on end in from of the television or playing Oregon Trail on the computer.
There are many different routes parents can take when instituting limits on children’s technology use. Many of these choices revolve around the idea of time; parents often consider imposing restrictions on their kids’ total screen time. However, when parents set limits on device use, it is helpful to pay attention not only to how much time their children spend on their devices, but what they are using their screen time towards--otherwise known as the notion of screen use.
My millennial children came of age in the early 2000s, before most phones had cameras; when social media meant Myspace—and screens still referred to movie theaters. When providing cell phones to our young teens, we made sure they could call and text and then tried to monitor their activity.
Technology has taken over our daily lives. There are many instances where life passes us by because our eyes are glued to our tiny devices. As a way to minimize our daily technology intake, here are a few helpful tips:
With summer upon us, our kids will (hopefully) be heading outdoors. But chances are they won’t be going anywhere without that little companion in their pockets: their mobile phones.
Giving digital approval to our children and teens for devices, games, apps and social networks needs to be more than a yes, but a process – especially after it is given. Examples for parents on determining how to let tech into your family's life.
Our friends at Amazon share advice and tips for parents on balancing tech and quality family time. They also share with us the family friendly features of the Amazon Fire Kids tablet.
Dr. David Hill, chair of the American Academy of Pediatric’s Council on Communications and Media explains the reasoning behind the recently updated screen time recommendations.
The screen is just another type of environment that children are active in. We can no longer classify all time spent in front of a screen as passive. So instead of obsessing over how many minutes and seconds our children are spending in front of a screen, we need to focus on the experience.