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Technology

Forget the Kids: Presents for Parents

Around this time last year, this column featured the latest toys and tech that had captured the hearts of children for the holiday season. Lists like that are a dime

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Living for Social Media vs. Being Present in the Moment

October has been a busy travel month for me. This month, I traveled to Disney with my family and then went to a conference in Las Vegas. As I was

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Admissions Apps & College Consultants for High School Students

Choosing the right college or university is only part of the journey. Students still need to complete a rigorous application process and many have to figure out how they plan to fund their education. High school counselors can provide some guidance; however, students and parents also may want to consider outside support like these apps and websites. ...
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Climbing Out of the Technology Abyss 

“Mom, can I have your phone?” asks my 10-year-old son daily since he doesn’t have his own device yet. All of his games are on my phone, as is YouTube,

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Benefits of a Makerspace — and How to Create one at Home

As automated technology may replace part of the traditional workforce, schools must teach students the skills they need to be successful in jobs that do not even exist yet. Makerspaces provide a space for students to learn those skills. Learn what these inventive spaces offer, as well as how to provide these learning opportunities at home. ...
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Social Media and Self Image for Today’s Teens

The rise of smartphones and social media pushes today's teens to be full-time brand managers who strive for likes, comments, upvotes, emojis and hashtags regarding how they present themselves. Unfortunately, this strengthens the perception that image is everything, and getting likes is the key to happiness. Anxiety, depression and self doubt all rise when teens measure their worth by the number of likes they receive. ...
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Preschooler Screen Time Linked to Attention Problems

Researchers in a recent study found that by age 5, children who spent two hours or more per day looking at screens were 7.7 times more likely to meet criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD than children who watched screens for 30 minutes or less each day. ...
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Experts Recommend Screen Time Limits for Parents, Too

Parents are always instructed to keep their child's screen time to a minimum. Now, experts are recommending screen time limits for parents, too, as the amount of time that caregivers spend on their electronic devices directly impacts the quality and quantity of interaction with their children. ...
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My Child is a Hacker? Help!

Hollywood has done a tremendous job at glorifying the mysterious, mischievous life of a computer hacker. It is easy to see how a child with a passion for electronics could be persuaded into believing this perception is a reality. We take a look at how parents help their amateur hackers avoid pitfalls and find success. ...
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Podcast Episode #29: Digital Dangers

Award winning TV anchor Catherine Bosley joins host Miriam Conner on the latest episode of aParently Speaking to share her very personal story of the impact one mistake can have on you in this "day of digital danger." She also covers some things to talk about with your kids to keep them safe and to remind them that the choices they make may be very hard to “erase.” ...
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