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.