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We scour the Internet and post the latest articles and thought pieces relating to digital parenting.

‘Screen Time’ Is Over

The phrase can't remotely capture our ever-shifting digital experience, social scientists say. Say hello to the "screenome." Full Story:...

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Why 3 hours is too much

What happens when you have an active, involved kid with good grades, who wants to play video games for three straight hours a day, every day? Full Story:...

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How Kids Are Using Google Docs to Bully Each Other

As a parent, you might walk past your child’s room and see her happily typing away on a Google Docs page. “Lovely!” you think. “She’s probably working on her science report or finishing up her essay on the rise of RBG.” Full Story:...

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Parents, Stop Teenage Privacy NOW

There was a time, when teenagers could have privacy, and by that I mean, they could have one room where we could get away from the world, where they could shut the door, put on some music, open-up a notebook, and write the things that were on their hearts—a piece of...

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The Real Threat to Your Children Isn’t the Momo Challenge

The “Momo challenge,” the latest iteration of the remarkably persistent teen suicide game scare, is a hoax born of parents’ media illiteracy and anxiety about what kids do online all by themselves. But the issue of internet-inflicted harm to minors is real, and...

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Foreign laws decriminalize teen sexting

New laws in Australia will allow teens to take, keep, and share nude photos of themselves and others. It's a fine line between decriminalizing and encouraging, isn't it parentsIt's a fine line between decriminalizing and encouraging, isn't it parents Full Story:...

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Microsoft Bing not only shows child pornography, it suggests it

Illegal child exploitation imagery is easy to find on Microsoft’s Bing search engine. But even more alarming is that Bing will suggest related keywords and images that provide pedophiles with more child pornography. Following an anonymous tip, TechCrunch commissioned...

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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. Full Story:...

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Screen time not intrinsically bad for children, say doctors

“It is important that we recognise that screens are a modern way of being,” he said. “Reading we see as a hugely positive thing, but it is largely a sedentary thing. We have never done studies to look at the link between reading and adiposity [being overweight] but it...

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Fortnite isn’t a game, it’s a place

Lots of ink has been spilled about whether or not Fortnite is addictive, bad for kids or whatever else, but few are telling the stories of how much better it feels to participate in a connected experience that isn't just arguing with internet trolls all day. Full...

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The Tech Generation Desperately Needs Wilderness Therapy

Summit Achievement has been operating as a therapeutic wilderness school for teens ages 13 through 20 since the 1990s, but it’s only recently that we’ve seen such an influx of clients suffering from tech addiction. Parents are handing iPhones to their kids at a...

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On Cultural and Technological Parenting

What are the lessons we can learn from the uses of media and public debate that the Ohio father, Matt Cox, who made his daughter walk to school five miles after she was kicked off the bus for bullying another student brought to the fore? Full Story:...

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Opinion | Rediscovering My Daughter Through Instagram

Few things are more painful than loving a 15-year-old girl, particularly when she is your child. Ask any mother who has been through a daughter’s adolescence and she will nod in sympathy, maybe even give you the hug you have been missing. Full Story:...

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Groundbreaking study examines effects of screen time on kids

If you have kids and wonder if all that time they spend on their smartphones endlessly scrolling, snapping and texting is affecting their brains, you might want to put down your own phone and pay attention. The federal government, through the National Institutes of...

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Fortnite’s Minecraft-like creative mode launches tomorrow

Fortnite’s next major mode is coming very soon. Today, developer Epic unveiled “FortniteCreative,” a new mode that is coming as part of the game’s seventh season. From the sounds of it, creative is an expansion of the previous playground mode, putting an emphasis on...

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How tech companies are addressing screen addiction

From app developers to tech behemoths such as Google and Facebook, companies have spent years working to make consumer technology as addictive as possible. However, that's starting to change, and we could be at the precipice of a shift in how software is designed....

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Use Instagram to Communicate With Your Teen

When my son approached his teenage years, I braced myself for the inevitable behaviors teens often display. I waited for the eye rolling and the mouthing off. I prepared for door slamming and grunting. I steeled myself for years of silence with a moody teen. I’d often...

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Middle School Misfortunes Then and Now, One Teacher’s Take

Let’s imagine a seventh grader. He’s a quiet kid, polite, with a few friends. Just your ordinary, run-of-the-mill twelve-year-old. We’ll call him Brian. Brian’s halfway through seventh grade and for the first time, he’s starting to wonder where he falls in the social...

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You found your kid’s ‘finsta’, now what?

This is where the digital world can become overwhelming for parents, when you realize that your teen may have a digital alter-ego. Experts say technology creates wonderful opportunities for kids to grow and succeed, but ample opportunities for them to change who they...

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