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We are no strangers to the risks of driving and smartphone use. How many of us can confidently say that we don’t use our phones at all while we drive? Shockingly, studies show that only 2% of smartphones users “never text and drive under any circumstances” (Alchley, 2010). The need to multitask combined with the […] Read More

  Hashtags are “#” symbols in front of words or short phrases that drop them into a posting page with the same tag. Sorting content this way allows others to see your picture and any other pictures that use the same hashtag if your social media profile is not set on private. Click on a […] Read More

Is Your Child a “Professional Gamer”?

The common narrative for video games is that they are violent and mindless. In fact, many studies have found links to aggression and gamers. However these studies primarily tested a small subset of games with violent shooters. In contrast, studies from role playing games have shown benefits for the player. Specifically, gamers have been shown […] Read More

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

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