Simplifying Science

One More Plus in the Video Game Column

I think video games represent the best example of open-mindedness on my part. Ten years ago, I was a devoted game-basher. Today, I see things quite differently. Why? Partly because my children are older and partly because research has forced me to recast gaming into a brighter light. At least some of the time...

Four Moments When Video Games Are Good for Kids (and How to Make Them Even Better)

Video games — particularly when it comes to children and their passion for them...Read More

Sometimes the Screen Time Lecture Needs to Focus on Parents

Worth remembering: They don't necessarily do as we say but they almost always do as we do...

How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First

Parents are often at fault, directly or indirectly, when children and teenagers become hooked on electronic media, playing video games or sending texts many hours a day instead of interacting with the real world and the people in it. And as discussed in last week’s column, digital overload can impair a...Read More

Is the Silver Lining of the Internet Reflective?

I often write abut how kids aren't ready for all of the things that come their way online. Slowing it down feels like the only way to save them from it all. Yesterday, Gwyneth Paltrow spoke at the Code Conference, sandwiched between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google Founder Sergey Brin. Her beckground may not be quite as techy as the rest of her pannel, but her message carried its fair share of weight. GP suggested that maybe the Internet offers a silver lining: a chance to reflect. She sid that while the web's version 1.0 often takes the form of a venemous download, in it's next incarnation the Internet and its social media outlets can and should evolve to a higher place. I think it's a unique and healthy perspective... but it is also one for people who have fully developed brains. Translation: it's true for adults. Our kids and their maturing minds are, by definition, impulsive. They are motivated by what feels good in the moment. Most cannot do what it takes to reflect before posting. It's why the youngest set don't belong on social media in the first place. Their parents, on the other hand, are ready and able to evolve.  

Gwyneth Paltrow: Goopers Do "Not Give a F*** if the Facebook Guys Think We're Hot or Not." (Video)

Backstage, Gwyneth Paltrow said she was a little nervous. Read More

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I collect an unruly list of articles that I mean to read but don't have time to get to. And then, every 3 or 4 weeks, I spend an entire morning sorting through them, drinking up their information and posting the most salient ones. Today I have found a bunch of gems, but this might just be my favorite. BTW, I love rule #4.

8 Ways Screens Are Ruining Your Family’s Life

For her new book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, ...Read More