Category: Blog & Articles

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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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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CNN: Are you addicted to the Internet?

(CNN) - "Internet addiction and the dangers that excessive computer gaming poses to children and adolescents are receiving fresh attention with the scheduled premiere of the documentary "Web Junkie" on PBS Monday."Read the full article at: http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/17/opinions/steiner-adair-internet-addiction/
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SPEAKING TOPICSLost in Connection: How the Tech Effect Puts Children's Development at RiskDigital Citizenship and Cultural Literacy: Teaching Smart Kids to Outsmart Unhealthy Cultural ValuesThe Sustainable Family: Turning Tech into an Ally for Closeness, Creativity and CommunityHow to Be a Go-To Parent: Strategies for Creating Strong Family Connections in the Digital AgeGot Grit? Strengthening Social…
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In messaging apps for teens, talk of danger and dollars

"Teenagers, a historically wily demographic, are increasingly moving their digital social lives from public sites where their parents hang out to smartphone messaging apps, giving them nearly complete privacy in their online social lives."  Read More >>
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Family Day Unplugged: Advocates aim for tech-free holiday

While reading this story, you probably won't be interacting with your family.Over time, surfing the web and constantly staying connected could make you more distant with your loved ones. At least that's the concern behind "Family Day Unplugged," a program started by the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA).By Joseph Quigley, CBC News Posted: Feb 15, 2016 8:00 AM ETLast…
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