People often ask me how much time is too much. Given that screens have become so pervasive in every place and aspect of our lives, I think that a better way to look at it is all the places and times you decide not to allow screens.Read More
I am a big believer in working hard to teach my daughter and son, and myself, to continually be better planners. The less we rely on the phone as the escape route for changing plans, the more we work together to get our plans organized outside of school time. So I have really started to “HOLD THAT TEXT.”
I am really excited to write this week’s Tech Talk Tuesday because it is on a subject I care deeply about--documentaries.Read More
Summer break is a time for youth to breathe and explore their interests beyond school, but so often downtime becomes screen time. Summer’s wide open time spans can heighten battles over technology use. I have tips to help manage screen time.Read More
How do we get our kids and students to talk with us and think more deeply about the content of the “TV shows” they watch? In today's Tech Talk Tuesday I share 2 strategies I use with my own teens.Read More
Family time during the holiday is great….and complicated. It's easy to retreat into personal devices to soothe tense feelings. Instead, consider reaching for a board game whenever possible. I've got some suggestionsRead More
We can play a big role to play in teaching our children to be critical, and skeptical, and learning to identify trustworthy sources. It’s easy to perpetuate lies about personal things and inaccurate facts by blindly sharing and retweeting.Read More
Let’s face it—our kids are exposed to lots of media that is pure junk. So how do we expose kids to media that has positive messages but is not overly sappy? In my view, I think documentaries make for great media. Here's ten you and your kids can watch.Read More
How comfortable are your kids talking to extended family and adult friends? One concern I often hear from parents is that they think screen time decreases face-to-face communication skills. I have not found any exceptional data around this issue. Families and friends will be together for the holidays and in these settings many kids and adults will gravitate towards their personal devices. When situations are uncomfortable or activity is slowed down this is accepted behavior these days. It upsets me when I see kids disappear into their screens when those special multigenerational opportunities for conversation are right in front of them.Read More
Tech Talk Tuesday #22
Do you ever feel like you’re competing with a screen when you try to get a family member’s attention for a conversation?
It’s morning. You are snuggled under the covers, your eyes open, your brain registers that it’s a new day. Is your first interaction with the world an in-person one -- “Good morning, honey” – or a screen one – a text, FB post, or news and traffic update — quick, before anyone in the house says ‘hello’? How about for your kids?