Category: Media

Boys also harmed by teen “hookup” culture and sexting

New research says boys who engage in sexting and the hookup culture's sexualized behavior say they have no intention to be hostile or demeaning. While they admit they are pushing limits, they also think they are simply courting. They describe it as "goofing around, flirting," Dr. Steiner-Adair says, in an interview with NBC's Abigail Pesta.…
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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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Researchers Find Parents’ Digital Distraction Affects Kids

Dr. Perri Klass interviews Dr. Steiner-Adair in a report on a new study in the journal "Pediatrics" about parents' digital distraction. Excerpt:“Children of all ages — 2, 15, 18, 22 — used the same phrases to talk about how hard it is for them to get their parents’ attention when they need it: sad, angry,…
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Make Time for Face Time, Spontaneity and Solitude

In The Huffington Post Dr. Steiner-Adair offers tips on how to make the most of the national tech-free day March 7 and use the national campaign as a great excuse to connect irl with friends and family. Excerpt: "Your parents love you," I tell kids wherever I go. "Grown-ups are struggling, just like kids are…
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How to keep technology from interfering with family bonds

Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of “The Big Disconnect,” talks with fifth-graders at the Glen Urquhart School in Beverly last month.By Taryn Plumb GLOBE CORRESPONDENT FEBRUARY 13, 2014https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2014/02/13/how-keep-technology-from-interfering-with-family-bonds/5b3UrXpmDCbbkeLzV2gMfI/story.html
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The Generational Tech Gap

"Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Catherine Steiner-Adair join to discuss the gap in technology use between kids and their parents." Watch at: msnbc.com
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3 Ways to Be a Go-To Parent for Your Teenager

“As parents, we want to be the best first responders when our teenagers get in trouble,” says Dr. Steiner-Adair in a Your Teen feature article. But when she asks teens what their parents do that make the kids inclined to turn to them, the teens often say, ‘Oh, I’d never go to my parents.’” Why…
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Video Games and Apps to Teach Empathy? No Substitute for Human Interaction

NPR reports that In Silicon Valley, a $20 billion industry is analyizing kids--observing, measuring and sorting data--to develop screen games to teach kids how to navigate interpersonal challenges and failures. Can it work? The fun factor may give it a marketing edge, but Dr. Steiner-Adair warns that what's best for the game industry's bottom line…
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