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With photo editing social media apps like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook as well as ads online, on billboards, in print media, and on television, kids and teens are exposed to a tsunami of edited images everyday, many of their favorite celebrity. In fact, social media has made celebrity worship a common activity among kids and […] Read More

  Preschool age is between 3 to 5 years. The first 5 years of life are critical ages for learning and brain development. Let’s take a look at the different areas preschool-aged children learn and how their educational outcomes can be optimized through appropriate media use: A Growing Brain & Motor Development Ninety percent of […] Read More

  Infants and toddlers require one-ton-one, bidirectional interaction with caregivers in order to develop cognitive, language, and social-emotional skills (Radesky & Christakis, 2016). Because their memory and attention skills have not completely developed, they are not able to learn through media in the same manner as they do through interactions with others. The AAP has […] Read More

I’m happy to report that Alanna’s conclusions were consistent with mine in my earlier GKIS article series on infant and toddler development. However, it gets complicated! In part one of the series, “How A Mom-Entrepreneur’s Dream Became the Multimillion Dollar Baby Einstein Company” we reviewed the development and booming success of the Baby Einstein Company […] Read More

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Technology on the Rise Tech innovators are constantly creating new screen activities to make our lives better and easier. With immediate information access at our fingertips, we are getting increasingly dependent on our screens for outsourcing tasks, including childcare and academic tutoring. Parents spend BIG money for educational and entertainment screen content ever since the […] Read More

*** Strive to have a strong, fun, connection with your children that includes an ongoing dialogue. –Dr. Tracy Bennett Strive to have a strong, fun, connection with your children that includes an ongoing dialogue; one of the best ways to achieve that connection is with tech. If children see us as a partner in tech, […] Read More

Organization in a busy household is like the creation of an earthquake kit, it only happens after something scares you into it. Maybe it’s the humiliation of the teacher calling you personally to pick up your forgotten child or that 5-tabbed excel spreadsheet from the volleyball coach that reveals every other parent already chose snack […] Read More

Two types of sex trafficking defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 include domestic minor sex trafficking (the exchange of sex with a child under the age of 18 for gain of cash, goods, or anything of value) and commercial sexual exploitation of children (such as pornography, prostitution, child sex tourism, and child […] Read More

    First download the free Pokémon Go app to your smartphone, nickname your avatar, and walk out your door to search for Pokémon characters. In cooperation with Google Maps data, Nintendo has made it possible to view cartoon characters superimposed on your smartphone’s camera screen map in real-life places like parks, schools, and museums. […] Read More

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