Technology & Kids

In today's world, technology is unavoidable. It's everywhere. Our children depend on it for their education, social interactions, and entertainment. As parents, we're constantly trying to find that balance of allowing kids to stay socially connected and current with technology, while also making sure they're not overusing it or engaging in risky behavior.

It can be very difficult to find the right balance when your child constantly wants to engage in things like gaming and social media. Since most parents didn't grow up with this technology, it can be hard to see eye-to-eye with your child.

In the articles below, you'll find tips on how to keep kids safe online and how to set rules and structure around appropriate technology usage.

Keeping Kids Safe from Predators Online and Offline

4 Steps to Managing Your Child's Screentime

Screen Time: Using Technology as a Consequence or Reward for Your Child

Video Games and Violence: What Every Parent Should Know

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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Do violent video games have an effect on childhood development? Virginia Tech Shooter Cho Seung-Hui  was said to be an avid player of Counter-Strike, a popular team-based shooting game. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were fans of Doom and Wolfenstein 3D, referring to the games in the videos they left for police to find after... Read more »

4 Steps to Managing Your Child’s Screen Time

By Sara Bean, M.Ed.

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Is it just me or does it seem like children have lost their playfulness? Many of us can recall summer days spent playing games outside with friends, riding bikes, playing hopscotch, or making forts in the woods. Now, though, it seems that most kids prefer to lead a wired existence, constantly connected to some electronic... Read more »

Cyberbullying: What Every Parent Should Know

By Dr. Joan Simeo Munson

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Bullying incidents are no longer limited to the playground or the locker room. Cyberbullying, the latest form of bullying sweeping across middle and high schools, is pervasive. And the recent rash of suicides by kids who’ve been mercilessly cyberbullied certainly sets off alarm bells. Keeping up with technology can seem overwhelming and induce a sense... Read more »

How to Keep the Violence Out of Your Home

By James Lehman, MSW

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Fifteen minutes with Grand Theft Auto--San Andreas and Josh (age 14, under the persona of CJ in the game) has killed ten gang members and made off with over $100,000 dollars. He pulls another “Baller” out of his car and cuts him in half with a chainsaw. Then another.  Slices into him again for... Read more »

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