EP 145 - The Big Disconnect

From the Show: Dr. Taz Show
Summary: Get tips on how and when to integrate technology into your child's life.
Air Date: 9/17/19
Duration: 31:27
Host: Dr. Taz
Guest Bio: Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD
Screen Shot 2019-09-13 at 2.25.30 PMDr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant and author. In her award-winning book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (cited as a Wall Street Journal TOP 10 Best Non-Fiction 2013), Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which the wonders of technology and media also change how children learn and grow, and she shows parents and educators how to reap the benefits of tech while reducing the risks it poses at every stage of child development.

A leading expert specializing in child development, education, and family relationships, she speaks and consults on a wide range of topics, including social and emotional intelligence, leadership education, health and well-being, nourishing healthy relationships in the digital age, and developing a thoughtful approach to technology for children, parents and educators.  

While getting her doctorate at Harvard, Dr. Steiner-Adair began her career as a school psychologist and researcher at Phillips Academy Andover.  Since then, she has consulted worldwide to over 600 independent and public schools in the USA, Asia, South and Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Her audiences are students, educators, parent organizations, health professionals, corporations, non-profit organizations, government leaders and NGO’s. 

As a resource to the media, Dr. Steiner-Adair has appeared on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, NPR News and she in New York Times, WSJ, Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN Opinion, Time and in the International press. Her earlier research on leadership education for girls and preventing eating disorders lead to the development of "Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health, and Leadership,” the first successful curriculum of its kind, which is currently being translated for use in other countries.

Dr. Steiner-Adair has a private practice in Cambridge, MA. She serves on several Advisory Boards  and until this fall, she was a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital.
EP 145 - The Big Disconnect
Technology is a necessary part of our everyday lives, but for children, it can be harmful if it’s not monitored closely.

Middle school and high school students have the opportunity to use cell phones and social media for bullying, exploring areas of the internet where they shouldn’t be allowed, and posting photos and comments that might come back to embarrass them down the road. 

Clinical psychologist Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair shares helpful tips for parents on how to introduce and monitor technology in their children’s lives.

She promotes the "Wait til 8" rule, for when kids should be allowed to have a smart phone and how to make sure they don’t feel socially isolated until they get one. She explains how parents can make sure their kids don’t abuse technology and what responsibilities fall on the parents versus the teachers. She also shares helpful tips on how to set up safe filters and how parents can educate themselves on which apps are safe for children of various ages.

Listen as Dr. Steiner-Adair joins Dr. Taz to discuss how to parent in the age of pervasive technology.