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How to Play Video Games With Your Kids

"Samantha Fisher was having a very bad day. So when her then-9-year-old son, Lukas, asked her if she wanted to learn to play Minecraft, she almost said no. Skipping the game’s tutorial, Lukas patiently taught his grumpy mother how to build a digital house. Then Lukas got up and walked away. Samantha was a little…
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Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

"It's tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their environment in the teen years — down the block and online. The whole mix of changes can increase stress, anxiety and the risk of depression among all teens, research has long shown."http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/13/514353285/depression-strikes-todays-teen-girls-especially-hard
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Challenge Success

On Sept. 30 I had the honor of being the Keynote Speaker at Challenge Success's annual conference.  The topic was "Media Rules: Healthy Connections in the Digital Age".   It was a vibrant and energetic conference, at which my talk was followed by dramatic vignettes acted out by students and lively discussion where I was…
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Who are we — and who are we becoming — in the cyber-world?

Catherine Steiner-Adair is the author of “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age.” They all lurk out there in the cyber-world: perverts, predators, bullies. But the scariest threat may lie within ourselves. Author Mary Aiken warns that as the Internet increasingly dominates our world, our life online is fundamentally changing…
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Fast-paced video games makes kids feel revved up, it’s like gambling for adults

"According to Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, a therapist and research associate in the department of psychiatry at Harvard,many fast-paced video games makes kids feel revved up, excited, empowered – it’s like gambling for adults – and when they come off that game they feel regulated, agitated and grumpy, just like anybody does coming off of a powerful…
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Bad behavior is trending online, inspiring it in real life

"LOS ANGELES (AP) — Young children know that name-calling is wrong. Tweens are taught the perils of online bullying and revenge porn: It’s unacceptable and potentially illegal. But celebrities who engage in flagrant attacks on social media are rewarded with worldwide attention. President Donald Trump’s most popular tweet to date is a video that shows…
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The Diane Rehm Show, The Big Disconnect

From The Diane Rehm Show,Click here to listen"New technology has radically changed the way we communicate with each other. Young people especially are relying on texting and social media for advice and friendship. A recent study found that children between the ages 8 and 18 are spending more than seven hours with electronic devices every…
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Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

"Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. The documentary “Web Junkie,” to be shown next Monday on PBS, highlights the tragic effects on teenagers who become…
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Videos at Parents.com

View a list of videos on parents.com related to tech and children What to Consider Before Handing Your Child a Smartphone How Tech Impacts Your Child's Creativity Setting Limits on Technology Must-Knows On Tech and Child Development: Take Fewer Photos!
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9 Tips Help Supermom “Beat My Addiction”

After hearing Dr. Steiner-Adair speak at a parenting program, this loving mother of three finds that small changes reap big benefits in heartfelt connections. Excerpt: I went to a lecture recently by a woman who I wish was my therapist.In just an hour, Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D., a Boston-based, soft-spoken, clinical psychologist and co-author of The…
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What’s it to You? How Americans Feel About Life Tangled Up in the Web

Dr. Steiner-Adair joins PBS News Hour’s Jeffrey Brown to talk about social and emotional challenges of the Digital Age and the need to “outsmart our smartphones” to be savvy users. Excerpt: “…One of the good trends I see happening more and more in the schools I work in is that schools are doing more intentional…
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