Episode #79

Parenting Strategies for the Digital Age

Childhood is changing because of all those screens. What should we do about it?

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Shhhh...don’t tell the kids, but grown-ups are mostly just making up the rules as they go along, especially when it comes to technology and child rearing.

This week on New Tech City, we give you a chance to sit and consider where YOU stand on screen-time, video games, and social media for our next generation. Four experts with radically different points of view, ranging from banning all devices, to full digital immersion, present their arguments.

Plus we hear parents’ deepest fears and what the kids themselves think is the right way to help them grow up healthy and confident in the digital age. There is a happy balance between technology adoption, addiction.

Join us as we try to find it.

In this show we mention two past stories we've covered. Find more about how and why to build Minecraft computer with your kids and that summer camp experiment with cell phones. 

    Music Playlist
  1. Xylophonic
    Artist: Kenneth J Brahmstedt
  2. Picante
    Artist: Kenneth Brahmstedt & Nicholas Rod
  3. Lakehouse
    Artist: Cullen Fitzpatrick
  4. Toy Horseride
    Artist: Jack Ventimiglia

Comments [5]

Rob Irizarry from Montana

What a great podcast Manoush! Love the breadth of coverage & differing persepctives on this important subject. As a parent of three kids (ages 8, 12 and 16) here in the wilds of Montana we, too, have this issue! After my wife and I struggled with this issue in our household for a while, I decided to use my technology background to work on solving this problem. Please keep this great content coming, more on my efforts in this area via social media...

Apr. 18 2014 02:49 PM
Apvision from India

These are very nice tips i love this very much and thank full 2 u

Apr. 14 2014 05:02 AM
Naidre Miller from Brooklyn

Kids always want 'more' of things that parents need to control access to. I'm
Not sure how kids have enough time in their day to have two hours of screen time on school days. Maybe that's why most kids don't get enough sleep. My son loves watching minecraft and Lego game tutorials in YouTube more than he likes playing the games!

Apr. 06 2014 08:46 AM

My favorite part was the kids at the end.

I think its very important not to lump all screen or device time into the same category. Like drugs, some are clearly recreational, and some are clearly medicinal, and some are somewhere in between.

I'm definitely in the minimalist camp. My kids very rarely play video games or watch TV. Most TV and movies are significant events that we all do together.

Listening to this show inspired a few thoughts:

Saying a video game is educational is like saying desert is good for you. Maybe it is, but compared to what?

If you credit video games for demanding decision making skills in your child, you may want to think about how many decisions you allow your child to make.

Practically every video game developer is going to be able to reflect on how video games fostered their interest. So your video gamer is guaranteed to become a developer right? (sarcasm)

Apr. 04 2014 11:21 AM
Filomena Daniels from Brooklyn, New York

I truly believe in the two hour rule a day, well at least, I try to enforce it.

However, there are days when my girls watch more than two hours of tv and days that
Screen time isn't apart of our day.

It boils down to one thing and one thing only, everything in moderation
Is key and families need to define what that means to them and then live by
"Moderation" .

Apr. 02 2014 08:50 PM

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