Technology

Fortnite: Fun & Strategic in Moderation

Fortnite is the latest gaming rage and in my opinion the timing could not be better. Given the amount of time that kids are home for snow days, even parents who despise video games may be feeling somewhat grateful. Unlike the snow days of my childhood, when we were encouraged to go out and play in the snow, the rash of Nor-esters, with 20-60 mile an hour winds, make outdoor activities unsafe.

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8 tips for parents outsourcing responsibilities

Hiring out services that are traditionally assumed by parents is the latest trend happening in today’s modern families. Whether it’s the Uber car that drives your child to their soccer practice for urbanites or the nanny who attends the weekly physical therapy appointment for suburbanites, more and more outsiders are taking the place of parents and being hired to fill in the gaps where parents can’t.

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8 guidelines for managing screen use this summer

 

Parents should be concerned about the amount of time their kids spend using screens, especially during the summer months when kids look for easy entertainment to relieve restlessness and boredom. Studies have found 8- to 18-year-olds are using technology significantly more than the two hours per day recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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6 tips for giving the gift of technology

Contrary to what you might think, screens are still the No. 1 holiday item on kids’ lists this holiday season. Trendy novelties, like hoverboards and drones, trail behind demands for iPhones, tablets, gaming systems and computers. And with homework requiring technology and the Web, parents often feel pressure to succumb to their child’s technology requests.

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October Q&A: Smartphones

Kids and Smartphones   Question:

   Dr Kate, My son is entering 6th grade and insists on having a smart phone. What are your thoughts on this?

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7 Tips for Modeling Balanced Tech Use in Your Home

r201210101132ea5982fd1d7ebbb89091ee2c693143cbParents today struggle with the ongoing challenge of managing their technology use while setting a strong example for their children. It’s a juggling act for parents to role model tech moderation while remaining accountable to work and other commitments through technology.

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