Screen Time

11 Jan

Is Your Family Struggling with Screen Time and Other Digital Issues in the Age of the iPhone?

Today Nikki Zellen, our Director of Marketing, inadvertently dressed like late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, almost 12 years to the day from the announcement of the original iPhone. It got us to thinking about the impact the smartphone has had on the world around us and specifically on our kids. Look at your children right now. What’s in their hand? Their phone? An iPad? Maybe both?? Much like the iPhone was innovative for bringing together three things (iPod, iPhone,...

20 Jun

But Mom, ALL Of My Friends Are On Snapchat!

“But mom, all of my friends are on Snapchat…”  You may have heard this familiar counter-argument coming from your pre-teen daughter or son recently. Or you heard it in the past. Or you’re about to hear it in a few years. Replace Snapchat with Musical.ly, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, AOL, Dungeons & Dragons. The more things change, the more they stay the same it seems. And of course, this conversation is happening...

18 Jun

Messenger Kids. Is My Kid Ready For Facebook Messenger?

Late last year, Facebook, Inc. rolled out a new messaging platform aimed at children ages 4-13. Messenger Kids is available for iOS and Android and promises safer video calls and texting for kids. Facebook describes the app as such: “Messenger Kids is a free video calling and messaging app designed for kids to connect with close friends and family from their tablet or smartphone. Kids can only connect with parent-approved contacts, which creates a more controlled environment. Group or one-on-one...

13 Jun

13 Things To Know About 13 Reasons Why Season 2

Netflix recently released season 2 of the popular and controversial series, ’13 Reasons Why’. The show is based on a 2007 young adult novel by Jay Asher. Here are 13 things you need to know about ’13 Reasons Why’. The Show Deals With A Wide Range Of Issues Teens Face Today Bullyingdepression, sexual assault, drug and alcohol abuse, academic pressure, self-harm, and other contemporary issues facing teens today are addressed in the show, often with graphic detail....

08 Jun

Apple And Google Address Concerns Over Screen Time

Smartphones Are Everywhere Screen time, social media, and technology addiction are becoming an increasing concern for parentsphysicians, and mental health experts. Just look around you. Whether you’re at work, out in public, and even at your dinner table, almost everyone is probably looking at a screen. While technology has made important strides in connecting the world, increased access to the world’s collected knowledge, and made our lives more convenient, the ever-present role these devices have had in our...

06 Jun

Six Tips For Online Bliss

Here are six quick tips to help you and your children get on the same page about screen time. Establish Some Simple Ground Rules Start by setting up some simple rules for everyone to follow. These can include no phones during meal time, no screens a half hour before bedtime, or no computer time until after homework is complete. These basic rules should reflect your family’s values and correspond with any established routines. Utilize your family’s strength of teamwork by working together...

01 Jun

Parenting In The Digital Age

Parenting in the digital age has added a significant layer of complexity to an already challenging job. With everyone’s heads buried in a screen all day, it can seem impossible to spend meaningful moments together as a family. This month we’ll tackle some of the challenges related specifically to parenting in the digital age. Screen time, social media, and cyberbullying are all important topics that today’s parents are faced with. While many parents fall back on the routines and...