I grew up in the technology boom, fascinated by all the latest and greatest things from accessible cell phones to Friendster (totally dating myself) – and have loved every second of it. My personal and professional lives have been forever changed by the evolution of technology, and I’m thrilled that my kids will have access to these incredibly powerful devices and tools – … [Read more...] about Smartphones and Kids: Worth the Wait
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“What age do you think it’s appropriate for my kids’ to have their own smartphone?” It’s a question I get almost daily from the thousands of parents I talk with throughout this country. I’ll be honest – I hate answering this question. First and foremost, I know that most kids are getting their VERY OWN SMARTPHONE around 4th grade these days (which means the majority of my … [Read more...] about Kids and Smartphones: What Age Is The Right Age?
Did you know that one in every three moms in the U.S. owns a smartphone? Maybe this shouldn't come as a surprise. We live in an era of tech savvy mamas - ladies who make up a large portion of digital consumption across all channels, including e-commerce and mobile use. After all, women account for 85% of all consumer purchases and if you want to buy something, it’s a lot easier … [Read more...] about How Much Do Moms Love Their Smartphones?
In times past, parents have pacified unhappy or tired children by giving them a toy or game (or a pacifier). The concept is alive and well today, but something has changed. With the rise of tablets and smartphones, parents are starting to use them to pacify a restless child. More than half (53%) of parents responding to a recent survey said they use mobile devices to … [Read more...] about Are Smartphones the New Pacifiers?
What causes it, and how to fix it. A few months back, I spent the afternoon at the park with a dear friend and his nine-year-old twin boys. While Brad and I savored a day away from our computers and phones, his boys became more anxious as the afternoon progressed, punctuating our walk with choruses of “I’m bored!” Why did three hours of sunshine without ipads, phones, … [Read more...] about Does Your Child Suffer from Technology-Induced Anxiety?