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Technology will impact your family. Whether that impact is positive or negative depends on how you integrate it into your family including the limits you set. Below are ideas for establishing healthy media usage in your family and dealing with problematic media usage.
Establishing Healthy Tech Use
How can I create a family media plan?
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a free tool for creating your own
Family Media Plan
How can I find guidance in limiting my kids' screen time?
Families Managing Media site
provides resources and ideas for setting healthy boundaries on your kids' technology.
How do I evaluate if an app, game or movie is appropriate for my kids?
You can find digital media reviews at
Common Sense Media
's site. You can also sign up for their weekly email to learn about the latest tech.
How can I block unwanted sites?
One way to do this is to use the
OpenDNS service to block it
at the router level.
How do I set restrictions on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch?
instructions for setting parental controls and restrictions.
How can I monitor my children's phones to help keep them safe?
reviews of the best software for monitoring cell phones.
Where can I find a summary of the recommendations for healthy media use?
You can find a healthy media recommendations right here!
What internet rules should I be setting?
Here's an example of
What should I do when my kids complain about being bored when not using digital devices?
Have them write down non-technology things they like to do on
slips of paper
. Put those paper slips into a container. The next time they are bored, have them draw two slips from the container and choose one of the activities. If they are struggling for ideas, they can get
Boredom Busting Activity Ideas
from other kids.
Why should I be avoiding all screen time for my baby/toddler?
Screen time negatively affects young children's development.
Handling Problematic Tech Use
How can I talk to my kids about the problems of porn before they see it?
Kids are likely to be exposed to porn on the internet before they are 12-years-old. The Protect Young Minds site offers a
free guide for talking to your kids about pornography and internet safety.
Good Pictures Bad Pictures
is a book you can read together with your 6 to 12-year-olds.
Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr.
is perfect to read with your 3 to 6-year-olds.
I just found out my kid has been viewing porn. Now what should I do?
Like most parents in this situation, you're probably feeling a lot of strong emotions. The Protect Young Minds site offers a
free guide for helping kids who have seen pornography
. Ran Gavrieli's Ted Talk "
Why I Stopped Watching Porn
" is excellent for understanding the consequences of watching porn.
What should I be discussing with my teens regarding porn?
Discuss your feelings about porn along with your concerns like addiction to viewing porn, objectifying women, portraying violence towards women and the link to trafficking girls for sex.
Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World
will help you talk to your teens.
What can I do if I think my child is being cyberbullied?
You can learn about
cyberbullying and how to report it at the StopBullying.gov site
What should I do if I think my child is seriously addicted to gaming, the internet or cellphones?
If your child's usage becomes more than you can handle seek professional help. Programs are available like the residential
reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program
located in Fall City, WA and Dr. Kimberly Young's
Net Addiction programs
What are warning signs that I need to set more limits on my kids' screen time?
warning signs of too much screen time
Dr. Dunckley's free "
Save Your Child's Brain
" four week email course can help you create more balance in your child's screen usage.
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