What parents need to know about “brain hacking”

It would appear that the apps we and our kids have on our devices may actually be hacking our brains. In “Brain Hacking,” a recent episode of 60 Minutes, correspondent Anderson Cooper interviews tech insiders who bluntly admit that apps are often designed to create an addiction-like behavior. What is brain hacking? Cooper speaks with […]

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Best video game review sites for parents

If you have a gamer in the house, do you know exactly what they are playing? Since you can only gather so much from the box cover or screenshots, you may feel in the dark about the games that consume so much of their time and attention. And if you aren’t a gamer yourself (or, […]

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Challenge: Put yourself on a Facebook diet

Note: This is the first in a series of ParentingDigital challenges, action plans for you to take to become a better digital parent. Follow the steps and post your progress on the Facebook page or in the comments below for some accountability and cheers from your fellow participants. The reason for this particular challenge is […]

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7 roles every digital parent plays

Parenting has never been easy, has it? But it seems like the digital world of devices and social media has changed the look of some of the familiar roles we thought we’d be playing when we first entered parenthood.   Every digital parent will find themselves, at some point, playing each of the following roles […]

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What parents need to know about live-streaming app

Even before the year was over, experts were declaring that 2016 was the year of live-streaming. Not that I was around then, but I imagine that in the early days of television, most people were in awe of what the technology was able to do: project video and audio from one location to hundreds or […]

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Setting a digital parenting goal for the new year

Like most of us, I’ve been thinking a lot about the new year. I’ve abandoned “resolutions” because they are a little too flaky for me. (Oh, and because I’ve never been successful with any that I’ve made.)   Instead, I prefer to set goals for the new year and follow them up with a short […]

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Teach your kids to evaluate online info like a reporter

I was hopeful that once the election was over, the barrage of fake news sites and sensational headlines in my social media feeds would just…go away. One can hope. The rise of fake sites, overly-sensational political “news” pages, and questionable sources have caused some to speculate on the influence this garbage had on the outcome […]

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7 parent behaviors that model good digital citizenship

It’s a terrifying fact that our kids learn more from watching us than anything we tell them. If you doubt this, just think of the last time you heard your own words come out of your child’s mouth. (And it was most likely at the worst possible moment. Like a meeting with your kid’s teacher […]

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Are your kids really that tech savvy?

Of course, we all want our kids to be safe online. That’s a given. Wherever they are, whether online or offline, we want them to be safe and make safe choices. When they are on screens, we don’t want the boogeyman to get them while watching YouTube, or solicited in social media, or cyberbullied in […]

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New screen time recommendations and tools from pediatricians

As digital parents, it’s probably the question we wrestle with the most. How much screen time? Of course, the answer always starts with those oh-so-unhelpful words: “It depends.” The child’s age. His or her temperament. The amount of time spent on other activities. The type or quality of screen time. And what if you have […]

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