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Dec 19, 2023

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When it comes to protecting kids online, tech CEOs talk a big talk — testifying to Congress about “how seriously” they take the issue, writing personal posts and assuring journalists that safety is “above anything else we do.

Nov 3, 2023

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Despite an abundance of evidence that phone addiction is wreaking havoc on every aspect of our children’s lives — and news that attorneys general from 41 states and the District of Columbia are suing Meta for its contribution to this crisis — many parents are still opposed to outright cell phone bans in schools.

Sep 15, 2023

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Charlie Kaufman and other striking Hollywood A-listers are being loud and clear about the potential threats of technology.

Jul 15, 2023

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As calls for smartphone bans in schools grow louder, let’s ensure they’re extended to summer camp.

May 24, 2023

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U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy issued a public advisory that made plain what a growing number of pediatricians, parents and scientists already know: Social media is a threat to our children’s mental and physical health.

May 11, 2023

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Legislators across the country are finally taking steps to protect children and teens online. The problem is that their efforts are really just attempts to plug holes in a dike.

Jan 28, 2023

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Urging civilians to refrain from watching the violent video of Tyre Nichols being killed.

Jan 4, 2023

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The need for media literacy education in schools

Oct 3, 2020

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children ages 10 to 14, who are online more than ever before. A center in New Mexico is working to change that.

Apr 11, 2019

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As the never-ending election season moves from “midterm” to “presidential” mode, Americans are deluged by news alerts on their screens, and by breaking-news tweets, emails and sensational claims on cable broadcasts.

Mar 29, 2019

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If a Nazi texted your teenager, would you want to know? We parents seem to have accepted social media as an inevitable part of our kids’ lives. They go on Instagram where we post our pretty pictures of food and artful vacation shots, and they’re Snapchatting friends and sometimes us.

Jul 27, 2015

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Kathryn DeWitt had put on her Penn Face. But living up to expectations — her own and others’ — was just too much. Dying seemed the only way out. It wasn’t.

Mar 27, 2011

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Teaching children construction is gaining momentum across the country as a way to develop imagination and confidence in the very young.

Jun 9, 2010

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Parents’ use of smartphones and laptops — and its effect on their children — is becoming a source of concern to researchers.

Sep 12, 2004

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It’s an unexpected legacy of the affluent ’90s: parents who can’t say no. Now, a growing number of psychologists, educators and parents think it’s time to stop the madness and start teaching kids about what’s really important–values like hard work, delayed gratification, honesty and compassion.