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
Amber* got onto Facebook when she was 12. “It was easy," she said with a shrug. "All you have to do is lie about your age and give them your email address.” The teen, who is now 15, said, “I guess I accepted a lot of ‘Friends’ to my list without really knowing who they were.”... Read more »
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 »
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 »