Posts Tagged 'technology'

Can Adults Suffer from Too Much Screen Time?

Can Adults Suffer from Too Much Screen Time?

Too much screen time is bad for a child’s mind, but we adults need to be just as concerned about how devices are affecting our mental and physical health.

Dear Alex, As you’re aware, more and more studies are showing the harmful effects that excessive screen time has on children as their brains are still forming. But we adults also need to be just as concerned about how electronic devices are affecting our mental and physical health. Prolonged device use and excessive time on social media are linked to increased rates of depression—not only in youth but in adults too. Loss of Gratitude Gratitude and contentment keep us on a ...
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Tips for a Screen-Free Holiday

Tips for a Screen-Free Holiday

Holidays are a great time to practice being screen-free for the day! Cell phones tend to divert attention from what’s happening around us.

Dear Preparing, Holidays are a great time to practice being screen-free for the day! Cell phones tend to divert attention from what’s happening around us. The mere presence of a phone suggests the potential for a new post, text, or email which affects the quality of the conversation around us. Some of the most meaningful conversations can happen around the dinner table. But sadly, studies suggest that one in three Americans can’t get through an entire meal without being on their ...
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Buyer’s Guide: Best Devices for Accountability

Buyer’s Guide: Best Devices for Accountability

Not all devices are created equal when it comes to staying accountable! This 36-page buyer’s guide will help you make more informed tech purchases.

Ready to get your hands on that shiny new device? The holiday season is a perfect time to take advantage of hot deals on phones, computers, and other tech. But before you buy, what are your plans to keep yourself and your family accountable on your new toy? Accountability Score Sheet When considering the purchase of a new device, only you know your needs and wants. The purpose of this guide is not to decide for you, but to ...
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Can Screen Time Cause Depression?

Can Screen Time Cause Depression?

Many parents see the dangers that online content can cause for their kids, but few realize that screen time itself can be just as harmful.

Dear Digital, That’s a good question, and the simple answer is yes. Many parents are aware of the dangers that harmful images and content can cause for their kids, but few realize that screen time itself can be just as harmful. Studies show that kids who consume more than three hours of screen time a day have increased rates of depression, regardless of the content viewed. Kids who consume more than 5 hours a day are 71% more likely to ...
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Teach Your Kids about Online Predators

Teach Your Kids about Online Predators

Online predators are tricky and persuasive, so kids have a hard time recognizing the danger. How can we teach our children to be safe online?

Dear Wary, I highly encourage parents to wait until their kids are prepared to make responsible decisions about situations they could encounter with strangers before allowing access to chat rooms, online multiplayer games, or social media accounts. Online predators are tricky and persuasive, especially to vulnerable youth. Without the ability to use good judgment, this type of interaction should be off-limits. Currently, many of the social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat prohibit users under 13 years old. ...
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Less Screen Time for Children

Less Screen Time for Children

As parents, how can we encourage less screen time for our children? What alternatives can we offer to boost their development?

Dear Conscientious, I understand your concern, as devices provide unlimited access to entertainment. Games and social media distractions can keep our kids glued to a screen way too long. Self-control is an important skill that will benefit our children in all areas of life, not just when it comes to screen time. As parents, it is always best to lead by example. Demonstrate what self-control looks like. When using your device, it is wise to set a time limit. Be purposeful ...
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Too Much Screen Time for Toddlers?

Too Much Screen Time for Toddlers?

The early years are critical in the development of a child’s brain. Parents should know about the harmful effects of too much screen time for toddlers.

Dear Caring, As a mom who is trying to get multiple tasks accomplished in a day, it is very tempting to place young children in front of a screen to keep them occupied. With laundry, meal preparation, cleaning, and errands, it can be overwhelming to get anything done with small children needing Mama’s attention. Television and devices can easily become a babysitter if we are not careful. As you may know, the first five years are critical in the development of ...
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How to Balance Screen Time in My Family?

Balancing Screen Time in Your Family

In our technology-driven society, screen time replaces much of the time families used to spend together. How do we balance it with face-to-face interaction?

Dear Busy Dad, That is a legitimate concern, especially in our technology-driven society. Screen time is replacing much of the time families used to spend together. Sadly, we are often depriving our relationships of much-needed face-to-face interaction. When we spend too much time looking at a screen instead of each other, we miss out on valuable quality time with those we love. Three areas are particularly important to maintaining close, healthy connections within our family relationships. 1. Affection Technology provides an avenue to ...
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I’m Worried My Spouse Has a Problem Online

I’m Worried My Spouse Has a Problem Online

Trust is so important in a marriage, but what can you do if you suspect your spouse is struggling with online temptation?

Dear On Alert, Trust is so important in a marriage. It takes a deep commitment from both partners to have a healthy, honest relationship. But trust can be destroyed in an instant by poor choices. Broken trust leads to suspicion and insecurities, which makes it impossible to work together as a team. Find the source of your suspicion. Have there been changes in recent behavior? Excess time online that takes your spouse away from family and responsibilities is a legitimate concern. ...
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Is My Child Too Young to Have a Phone?

Is My Child Too Young to Have a Phone?

Although there is no magic age, you will have a better understanding if your child is ready to have a phone by asking some specific questions.

Dear Caring, There really is no magic number. You will have a better understanding if he is ready by asking some of the following questions: How much training have I invested in internet safety? Have I discussed stranger danger? What information can be shared with others? Does he make wise decisions in my absence? Teach him that owning a phone is a privilege and, if used improperly, it will be taken away. Give clear rules for when, where, and what purpose the phone may be ...
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