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June 10, 2018
Category: Technology
Tags: Summer Camp   camp   cell phone   iPhone   mobile phone   Smartphone  



Smartphones May Ruin Kids’ Camp Experience, Researchers Say.

HealthDay (5/19) reported that taking a smartphone to camp may ruin children’s “camp experience,” research indicated. After surveying some “620 camp directors, nurses and other staff members at 331 camps in the United States and Canada,” researchers found that “campers were so fixated on their phones that they didn’t fully engage in camp activities.” The findings were recently presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting.


June 10, 2018
Category: Technology



New Apple App Will Let Parents Set Time Limits On How Long Their Kids Can Use Apps.

The NPR (6/4) “The Two-Way” blog reports that on June 4, Apple “announced a new app to allow users to get reports on how much their kids are using particular apps on their iPhones and iPads.” The app, called Screen Time, “will let parents set time limits on how long their children can use apps, from Netflix to Snapchat, said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering.” In addition, the app will allow parents “to limit access to some apps and websites,” and one option is even “designed to get kids to unplug from their devices at bedtime.”



        Media and Children


Nearly Half Of Parents Concerned Their Kids May Be Addicted To Mobile Devices.

The CBS Weekend News (6/2) reported children eight and under “spend an average of two hours and 19 minutes in front of a screen every day,” and 47 percent of parents worry their children may be addicted to mobile devices. Caroline Knorr, senior parenting editor, Common Sense Media, said parents are “struggling with how to reap the benefits of technology while minimizing some of the risks,” and suggested “paying close attention to kids’ demeanor while using their devices, and creating a schedule with guidelines on the types of tech activities they can do and for how long.”


March 13, 2018
Category: Technology
Tags: teens   adolescents   teenagers   Sexting   cell phones   Crime  

Parents Need To Talk To Their Kids About Sexting At A Young Age, Psychologist Says.


In the New York Times (3/12, Subscription Publication) “The Checkup” blog, Perri Klass, MD, spoke with “Sheri Madigan, a psychologist who was first author of a large study on digital sexual activity published at the end of February in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.” Madigan recommended that parents begin talking to their children about sexting at a young age. For teenagers, “parents need to be willing to consider the idea that sexting may happen in the context of healthy relationships, Dr. Madigan said.” Still, parents “need to be willing to go over more problematic scenarios, including what happens if the relationship ends, especially if photos have been sent.”

Help kids with cell phones get the message: Say no to ‘sexting’

Embedded ImageWith more and more children using cell phones to call, text and send images, parents should consider the risks to kids who use them for illegal and regrettable purposes.One such activity is “sexting,” the sending of text messages with pictures of children or teens who are naked or engaged in sexual acts.

One in five teens participates in “sexting,” according to a nationwide survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The emotional pain it causes can be enormous for the child in the picture as well as the sender and receiver — and often involves legal implications.

Parents should talk with children about sexting before a problem arises and introduce the issue as soon as a child is old enough to have a cell phone, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The following tips from the AAP can help parents have a conversation with children about sexting:

Ask kids about the issue, even if it has not directly impacted the community.

Gauge your child’s understanding of sexting and then offer an age-appropriate explanation. Alert younger children with cell phones who do not yet know about sex that text messages should never contain pictures of kids or adults without their clothes on, kissing or touching each other in ways that they have never seen before. For older children, use the term “sexting” and give more specific information about sex acts they may know about. For teens, be specific that “sexting” often involves pictures of a sexual nature and is considered pornography.

Make sure kids of all ages understand that sexting is considered a crime in many jurisdictions. In all communities, there will be serious consequences if they sext, possibly involving the police, suspension from school and notes on their permanent record that could hurt their chances of getting into college or finding a job.

P.S. It is my understanding that even being the passive recipient of an unsolicited sexting message is a Federal crime with serious consequences. Advise your child NOT to delete the communication but to show you and tell you about it. Even when "deleted" the communication may yet remain on the hard drive of the electronic device. Should you and your child find yourself in this situation, get formal advise from an attorney about what to do.

Dr. T

February 28, 2018
Category: Technology
Tags: pregnancy   Baby   Free   App   IT  

The free Text4baby app makes it even easier for you to get critical health and safety information! 

You have a lot going on- let help you remember your upcoming appointments. Set up a text-based reminder for your doctor’s appointments for you or your baby.

As the perfect companion to the text messages, you can get more health and safety tips and access fun, interactive features, including:

How your baby is growing each week

Your progress and medical updates

And more...

February 28, 2018
Category: Technology
Tags: cdc   Free   App   Development   Milestones  

CDC app helps parents track developmental milestones


Tracking, supporting and celebrating children’s development from ages 2 months to 5 years just got a whole lo

t easier and more fun with an app from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Milestone Tracker app helps parents learn about, support and track their child’s development, and then share their child’s progress during health maintenance visits. Parents who use the app will be more prepared to answer questions from their child’s health care professional and have more effective discussions about their child’s development.

The app is available on the App Store at and Google Play at

Find more information about the app at