Parenting with Technology

Successfully navigating parenting paradoxes in the technological landscape that is modern life.

Kids and Tech

The convenience/security paradox

In our technological world there is a simple truth. Convenience and security are polar opposites. This is not an opinion and is not negotiable. Many people, designers, programers, and security specialists are working to change this, but it is almost a rule of nature and therefore is resistant to change. Let me show you what I mean…

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No Devices at the Table

Here is one simple step that I have found to maximize our family time.  No Devices at the Table!  In my house, we are connected.  Everyone has at least one device, including my 5-year-old.  One of the first rules we implemented was no devices at the table.  You see, in my house, we have rooms for kids and rooms for adults, but the only true common ground is the dinner table.

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Your kids aren’t smarter than you, just more motivated.

“My kids are so much smarter than I am when it comes to technology.”  How many times have I heard this?.  I speak to clients that are bewildered by their children’s use of web connected devices and they always say “My kids are so much better with computers than I am, I just can’t keep up with them.”  I say this is a huge cop-out.  Your children are NOT smarter than you when it comes to anything.  They are more motivated, and they have better support groups…

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Technology didn’t do it…

You can’t blame the hammer when you hit your thumb.  In the last few weeks, I have experienced an absolutely overwhelming amount of negativity regarding technology, specifically kids using devices.  I have heard all the rants and rhetoric denouncing the use of devices in all ages of people under 30.  I have sat with friends and family members as they discussed the wholesale degeneration of our society…

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Holiday Device Survival Guide

So the Holidays are behind us, the gifts are opened, the wrapping paper is ready for the recycle bin, the relatives are all headed back home and your family is starting to settle back into a less-than-festive routine.  Well, as you pack up those holiday gift devices and prepare your family for the mass exodus of back to school, here are a few quick and helpful tips about all that new tech.  There are a few separate tips regarding several areas of a new device…

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You have to be friends with your kids, but not embarrass them. Step Three

While most of my posts to this point have been very up beat, positive and happy, telling you all the wonderful things your kids can do with tech and why you shouldn’t worry, this one is going to be a little different.  My message to you today isn’t negative, just cautionary, and it goes like this: When I allow my child to have access to any site or app that has social aspects…

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