An interview with two of my icons (Dr. Phil & Sophie Turner aka Sansa from Game of Thrones) just came up in my fangirl newsfeed and I had to share (see the link to the video below). Their interview is so important and can hopefully spark an incredibly necessary conversation in your household about social media, depression and our mental health – which can certainly be impacted by social media (whether or not we like to admit it). I think this discussion will not only save lives, but also give us permission to talk about and acknowledge the effects social media can have. Talk to your kids, let them know you get it and are there to chat. It’s a different time they’re growing up in, but the feelings are so real. #parenting #socialmedia
Here’s the interview:
http://bit.ly/2JAL4HT

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Is ‘Digital Addiction’ a Real Threat to Kids?

This New York Times article covers one of my favorite topics of discussion: tech addiction. Although, like this article points out, I feel a bit guilty using the word “addiction,” because let’s be honest – a lot of our lives have been enhanced by all the tremendous things technology offers us. I say this everyday: it’s balance. It’s thoughtful use. It’s being able to take a break and live off of technology at times. Perhaps my most favorite part of this article, the first reader comment including rules for a healthy balance. Thanks KPC for sharing!
“Technology use is not analogous to drug use, because these devices serve important purposes in children’s lives and adolescents’ lives — indeed, in all our lives. Since most of us depend on technology to do our jobs and stay connected, we — and our children — need to find healthy ways to use it, sometimes quite intensely, without letting it take over.” #digitalhealth #parenting

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#SelenaGomez is a tremendously successful and wonderful influencer, and recently shared her thoughts on social media and her generation. As always, she was insightful and I wonder if her words would be effective with kids; if nothing else, it can spark a conversation in our homes about how we can all do this better. Check out my thoughts! 👇🏼#digitalhealth #socialmedia #parenting

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U.N. recommends no screen time for babies; only 1 hour for kids under 5

The World Health Organization (WHO) just released its first guidelines on screen time for kids. Significant findings show similar suggestions to the American Association of Pediatrics: No screen time for kids under 1 and only 1 hour of screen time a day for kids under 5. While I think these will continue to change as we collect more data on what screen time actually means for our kids, their health, and our society, I think as parents we have to consider these guidelines and do what’s best for our families. My kids (6 and 7) still get zero screen time, and it’s something that’s really worked out for our family – so it’s really assessing what’s best for you and yours. #parenting #digitalhealth

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Stop letting your kids stare at iPads in restaurants, science says

I love this CNN Health article, especially the beginning when the author talks about how as parents today we all have SO much pressure to do and not do certain things – so perhaps we don’t need any additional expectations or judgements. ZERO judgements here, I post this as more of a thought-provoking exercise around all of our device usage. We are all so busy, that I think any time we have our with just our family to sit and forcibly communicate and socialize in one place is one we have to take advantage of. If there is ONE place we could all put this stuff down and take a break – this is it for me. Great read. #parenting #digitalhealth

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