Parents' Digital Distractions Linked to Kid's Behavioral Issues

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on PsychCentral. Emerging research suggests that even in low amounts, interruptions to parent-child time caused by digital technology are associated with child behavior problems. The study was a snapshot review of the connection between parents’ technology use and child behavior. As such, a cause-and-effect relationship cannot be inferred although the results will fuel additional investigation. Parents typically attribute child behavior — be it whining, tantrums, or acting out — to factors such as fatigue, hunger, or boredom. Researchers are now asking if such negative behaviors could be related to something else: parents spending too

Kids Watch What You Post Online

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on PsychCentral. A new study finds that children and adolescents would prefer that their parents limit what is shared about them online. University of Michigan researchers discovered sharing content on soccer games, family vacations, and reports of good grades are OK for social media sharing. Posts with baby photos or references to punishments and significant others — not so much. The researchers surveyed 331 pairs of parents and children about what personal information parents should and should not share about their children on social media sites. The children described a range of preferences about what parents may disclose about the

Helping Children to Tell the Truth

Honesty is the basis for any relationship because it develops trust. Upon that foundation simple things like communication and responsibility rest. When a child lies, that trust is broken and the relationship suffers. Parents often don’t know how to handle dishonesty especially when they find common discipline techniques don’t fully address the problem. A more comprehensive plan is usually necessary since dishonesty often has several components. Here are some suggestions for dealing with honesty and lying. 1. The book Good and Angry, Exchanging Frustration for Character in You and Your Kids has a whole chapter (Chapter 8) on lying. The entire book would be helpful for character development i

The Dangers of "13 Reasons Why"

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on CNN. The series, “13 Reasons Why” which premiered March 31 on Netflix, follows the fictional story of a teenage girl named Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) who leaves behind 13 mysterious audio recordings on cassette tapes after killing herself. She addresses each recording to a person who she says played a role in her tragic decision to end her own life. Some mental health experts say the show could pose health risks for certain young people, such as those who have suicidal thoughts. Others suggest the show provides a valuable opportunity to discuss suicide risk with young people, as well as teaching them how to identify warning

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