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Want to Connect with Your Kids? Join Them in the Digital World

From the Show: HER
Summary: How can you break through the digital noise and make a connection with your child?
Air Date: 1/15/15
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Robert Weiss, LCSW
Robert Weiss Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, is the author of the upcoming book, Always Turned On: Facing Sex Addiction in the Digital Age, as well as Cruise Control, Sex Addiction 101 and Closer Together, Further Apart, and is also a clinical trainer, addiction psychotherapist and authority on the interaction of digital technology with sexual health, relationships and addiction.

Currently serving as Senior Vice-President of Clinical Development for Elements Behavioral Health, Mr. Weiss has developed ongoing clinical addiction treatment programs for The Ranch in Nunnelly, TN, Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu, CA, The Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles, CA (founded by Mr. Weiss in 1995) and the Life Healing Center of Santa Fe, NM.

Mr. Weiss is a licensed, UCLA MSW graduate and early trainee of Dr. Patrick Carnes, an international leader in addiction treatment. A media expert to CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, the NY Times, LA Times and the Today Show among many others, Mr. Weiss also provides professional sexual addiction training and program development for the U.S. military and multi-addiction treatment centers around the United States, Europe and Asia.
  • Book Title: Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Parenting, Work, and Relationships
Want to Connect with Your Kids? Join Them in the Digital World
Within the last decade, there's no denying the huge technology developments that have completely changed the way you communicate.

Tablets and smartphones have made your world accessible with the swipe of your finger. Some doctors and other experts believe this has led to a huge disconnect with the younger generations.

However, many other experts don't necessarily agree with parents who limit screen time or take away smartphones/tablets for punishment.

Engagement and what's considered "play time" might have a completely meaning than what you were used to as a child. But, does that mean it's wrong? What if the answer was as simple as this: if you want to connect with your kid, then it's time for you to PICK UP the phone/tablet and get in there with your kids and join THEM in their digital world, not drag them outside to play.

Robert Weiss, LCSW, shares how technology might have changed your parenting style, why parents shouldn't worry so much about children playing in the digital world, and how you can join your child in that world for bonding and development.
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