It's back to school time

By now you are probably tired of seeing your tween or teen on their phone all summer. It’s a great time to refocus the family on less screen time. Of course we want our kids to focus on their schoolwork. But we also want them to have downtime when they’re at home, to be with their family and friends, and to just have much needed time to rest.

As much as they’ll say they aren’t tired and don’t need a lot of sleep, they do. Try to have a technology free night once or twice a week. This means no phones, computers or TVs. This means everyone in the house participates.

Another beneficial practice for parents and kids alike is to ban cell phones from the bedroom. Find another device to use for your morning alarm.

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Social Media and Adolescents — we all should be paying attention

The areas of concern surrounding social media continue to be grow. As more studies are done, we learn more about the damaging and often devastating effects social media and online activity can have on multiple aspects of young lives. Read more in this New York Times article. Be active in your kid’s lives. Have conversations and know what they are doing and what problems they might be having.

Rising Technology Concerns

During a recent tech conference, various speakers discussed the impact of tech on our children’s brains, the role of policy and tech ethics, and solutions for families, schools, and society at large.  As a parent, I’ve seen this overarching technology issue building, at first little by little, and now by leaps and bounds.

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