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Why you need to have the social media ‘talk’ earlier than you might think

By Galit Breen August 18, 2015 “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” — George Bernard Shaw When I was 13 years old, my friend and I sneaked out of my house after dark to meet boys at the baseball field. We walked to and from that field arm in arm, our words whipping over each other, braiding our friendship tightly. When we got back to my house, our

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How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First

By JANE E. BRODY JULY 13, 2015 6:00 AM Parents are often at fault, directly or indirectly, when children and teenagers become hooked on electronic media, playing video games or sending texts many hours a day instead of interacting with the real world and the people in it. And as discussed in last week’s column, digital overload can impair a child’s social, emotional and intellectual growth. This sad conclusion of many experts in child development has prompted them to suggest ways

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How Phones Are Tearing Us Apart

How Phones Are Tearing Us Apart By Elena Weissmann It’s a busy crosswalk. Cars are rushing by and pedestrians are hurrying across the street—except for one. A middle-aged woman stands in the middle of the road, selfie stick out, presumably snapping a pic with some bright orange traffic cones. If the scene hadn’t been so comical, I probably would’ve started crying. Has our society become so self-obsessed and engrossed by technology that people can’t even cross the street without whipping

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This article has been contributed by Dr. Eli Shapiro, digital parenting expert and co-creator of The Digital Citizenship Project. An Expert Shares His Personal Tips to Prepare Your Child for Smartphone Ownership So, your child has proven that they are mature enough to enter the (big and scary) world of smartphone ownership. They may be ready, but as a parent… Are you? While this momentous event should be approached with great care and consideration, following a few Tech-Smart guidelines should

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Hey parents, children and iPads are a bad mix

By Naomi Schaefer Riley October 18, 2015 | 6:00am “In a world where ‘screen time’ is becoming simply ‘time,’ our policies must evolve or become obsolete.” That was the American Academy of Pediatrics folding like a cheap suit. The AAP had previously recommended that children under 2 years of age should not be sitting in front of a television, playing on tablets or phones at all. But, you know, times change. Ari Brown, lead author of the article and chair

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Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Posture — and Your Mood

By AMY CUDDYDEC. 12, 2015 THERE are plenty of reasons to put our cellphones down now and then, not least the fact that incessantly checking them takes us out of the present moment and disrupts family dinners around the globe. But here’s one you might not have considered: Smartphones are ruining our posture. And bad posture doesn’t just mean a stiff neck. It can hurt us in insidious psychological ways. If you’re in a public place, look around: How many

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For Children, Dumbed-Down Phones May Be Smartest Option

By RON LIEBER DEC. 11, 2015 The logic seems simple, impeccable even. When children put a smartphone at the top of their wish list, remind them that they don’t need any such thing. Talking and texting may be necessary, but roving Internet access is not. So a dumbphone it is, with voice service and unlimited texting — just to show you care and are no Scrooge. Throw in a nice Qwerty keyboard as a sign of parental generosity, but no,

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Facebook is the reason you’re not sleeping well

By Catey Hill, Marketwatch January 27, 2016 | 3:00pm Having trouble sleeping? Look no further than your social media addiction. Frequent social media users are at a significantly higher risk of sleep problems than those who are less keen on Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms, according to a study of 1,788 adults ages 10 to 32 by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. The study, which will be published in the April issue of the journal Preventative Medicine, asked

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Hey, Kids, Look at Me When We’re Talking

Consider this fair warning: If you’re going to bring your children around me, I’m going to teach them how to shake hands. The process, which I picked up from my dad, involves three simple steps: “firm grip, squeeze, look me in the eye.” When my father started doing this in the 1970s, the hardest step for many children was the first. This was the era when the demure four-finger handshake was still popular among women and girls. More recently, as

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10 Strategies to Help Kids Use Smartphones Wisely and Prevent Cyberbullying

She’s been asking for one since she was 8 years old. He’s been borrowing yours every day. Both kids have so many after school sports that they really could benefit from having a phone to call you when their practices are over. You’ve hemmed and you’ve hawed, but finally you’ve given in and bought your child a smartphone. Now, the challenge begins: How do you ensure that he or she uses it wisely? Here are 10 guidelines to promote respectful,

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