Category: Media

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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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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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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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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Resisting the Siren Call of the Screen

New York Times Books of the Times reviewer Dwight Garner lauds The Big Disconnect as an essential cheat sheet for parents. “I will never forget the experience of reading Ms. Steiner-Adair’s book…Her summary of what to say to your kids … is so good, so State of the Union-like, that I took a photo of…
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How Internet Porn is Rewiring our Brains

"Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new film Don Jon is the story of a man whose porn habit has left him unable to relate to real women. He's not the only one, reports Nisha Lilia Diu"http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/10441027/How-porn-is-rewiring-our-brains.html Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Don Jon, a movie 'about how we connect with each other' 
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Finding Family Connections Without a Search Engine

Dr. Steiner-Adair's research and "the candid responses from children — particularly teens — about their feelings when faced with technology dilemmas are eye-opening," in The Big Disconnect, says reviewer Brooke Lefferts of the Associated Press. Excerpt: Steiner-Adair offers startling statistics on how much kids are using technology and calls the fast takeover of tech a…
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Tech is Wonderful, Cool — and You Have to Pay Attention as Parents

In a 20-minute Podcast, Dr. Steiner-Adair talks about parenting in the digital age. “It’s wonderful. Kids can have friends around the world. That is so cool. I am not anti-tech. You have to pay attention as grown-ups, as parents, and for our children to how we are relating to these devices and to each other.”http://yourteenmag.com/2013/10/podcast-catherine-steiner-adair-on-parenting-in-the-digital-age/
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The Best Nonfiction of 2013

The Wall Street Journal names The Big Disconnect in its top ten picks for nonfiction in 2013. “This riveting piece of journalism disguised as a self-help tome chronicles how new technology has disrupted family life. Parents pacify infants with iPhones, toddlers play violent games and pre-teens are sexting. The book offers no easy answers but…
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Courting Disaster: Boys sexting more, missing more social/emotional cues

NBC TODAY features The Big Disconnect and Dr. Steiner-Adair to launch a discussion of the ways boys use sexting “to connect,” but how it disconnects them from social/emotional learning essential for healthy development. Excerpt: Parents are being confronted by the new “hookup culture” surrounding sexting, and how boys are courting their partners in more directly…
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Parents: Say No to Screens: PW Talks with Catherine Steiner-Adair

In a Q&A interview, Dr. Steiner-Adair discusses how the Internet and new technology are transforming American households--and child development Excerpt: How worried should we be? Very worried. But just as parents can say no to TV, they can say no to screens—except for homework. There is absolutely no reason that 8-year-olds need smartphones. Parents must…
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What do Our Kids See When They Watch Us on Tech?

Dr. Steiner-Adair's call to action for parents to model healthy habits in their tech use makes The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age "an important guide" to parenting in our tech-driven culture.
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