Keeping your kids away from social media these days is pretty much impossible unless you lock them in a closet. In an Amish community. Somewhere in Antarctica. If your children are going to be connected, you should want them do so in a positive, creative and self-expressive environment, free from bullying and other negativity. That's what Catherine Connors, co-founder of the recently released Maverick app, is banking on. She tells us all about the app and her philosophy on the latest Modern Dads Podcast. Maverick is an online community aimed at tween and teen girls. In addition to … [Read more...]
"Daaaaaad! Stooooop! Let me finish!" My son turns 14 in a few weeks. In the last few of those years, my wife and I have noticed an unpleasant trend: the more time he interacts with any sort of digital content through his laptop or mobile phone, the more difficult it is for him to control his negative impulses. Of course, the word “addiction” didn’t cross our minds for most of this time. After all, one of these toys – his laptop – was mandated by his school for “educational purposes.” But all parents these days have heard the debates about screen time limits for children, pro and con, and … [Read more...]
Screen time has been a hot topic among parents since television became a staple in American homes in 1950s. The addition of computers, gaming systems, tablets and smartphones over the years now makes it seem impossible for kids to avoid spending some chunk of their day in front of some type of screen. So what's a mom or dad to do?
Anya Kamenetz, digital education correspondent for National Public Radio, has some advice for beleaguered parents -- so much advice that she has written a book on the subject, The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media & Real … [Read more...]