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Most of the conversations I have with my kids these days are about the WiFi. Why is it so laggy? Why does it keep cutting out? I think they see me only as the family’s IT guy. To them, a father figure is just a fix-it-up handyman who should always maintain the mechanical serenity of the homestead.
Recent national standardized tests show a decline in reading comprehension among fourth- and eighth-graders as educators worry about too much screen time for children.
Apple and Google want to help you spend less time on their phones – really. Like that time you checked Facebook at 3 a.m. Stats don’t lie.
Today’s grandparents may have fond memories of the “good old days,” but history tells us that adults have worried about their kids’ fascination with new-fangled entertainment and technology since the days of dime novels, radio, the first comic books and rock n’ roll.
Parents lament their teenagers’ noses constantly in their phones, but they might want to take stock of their own screen time habits.
Research by a professor at Illinois State University has found that parents who say they struggle to limit their time looking at phones, tablets and other technological devices have children who exhibit more behavioral problems including acting out, crying or other negative behaviors.
New guidelines released Friday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and co-authored by two Seattle experts, suggest that media use is nearly inevitable, but it’s up to parents to closely monitor their children’s digital diets from the start.
Children need interaction to learn. Learning is active; TV is passive. Playing with your friends is active; TV is passive. Discussing things at the dinner table is active; TV is passive.
CHICAGO – It used to be that staring at a computer screen all day was bad for your eyes. Now we interrupt that staring to look at our smartphones, smartwatches, tablets and e-readers, all while keeping an eye on the TV. And that, it seems, is especially bad. Three-quarters of people who use two or more devices simultaneously report symptoms of digital eye strain, compared with just over half of people who use one device at a time, according to a survey of more than 10,000 people that was released last week by the Vision Council, a trade group representing manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry.
When my daughter was 3 years old, she came home from preschool talking about zombies. What bothered me was not that her classmates had taught her a word that I did not want her to learn yet. I was more concerned to discover that her 3- and 4-year-old classmates were watching “Star Wars,” zombie movies and more. I was also upset to find out that many of her friends were spending two or more hours a day watching television or playing video games.