[27 Aug 2019 | No Comment | ]
Youtube to ban disturbing children videos… finally.

Youtube announced this week that they will no longer allow videos that target children that include certain disturbing content. For years, youtube had been criticized for allowing disturbing content targeting children to be circulated.

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[30 May 2019 | No Comment | ]
Increased youth suicide rates linked to Netflix ’13 Reasons Why’

Two separate studies were released assessing the monthly suicide rates among various age groups with the release of the Netflix show ’13 Reasons Why’. The popular Netflix show depicted the suicide of its main protagonist which had alarmed mental health experts who were concerned about how this may influence and it’s effect on young viewers.

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[30 May 2019 | No Comment | ]
Study shows more screen time for toddlers lead to poorer development

 
This study is a few months old but worth sharing for parents with toddlers.
A study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics showed a direct association between screen time for toddlers (age 2-3) and their development at age 3-5. Development, in this case, included development in communication, problem-solving, social skills and motor skills.
Here is a snippet from CNN and link to the larger article
Among toddlers, spending a lot of time staring at screens is linked with poorer performance on developmental screening tests later in childhood, according to a new study.
The study, published …

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[22 Feb 2019 | No Comment | ]
Top global brand ranking changes 2000-2019 [Infographic]

Check out this amazing infographic of the top global brand rankings from 2000 to 2019. You can watch the top list go from global brands like Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM, Intel and good ol’ Nokia to the rise of some small startups you may have heard called Apple, Google, and Facebook.

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[29 Jan 2019 | No Comment | ]
Limiting screen time or parenting screen time?

The overuse of technology has overtaken drugs, sex and bullying as the biggest parental worry, according to the annual Brigham Young and Deseret News American Family Survey. So what should we do about it? Should we limit screen time? Take away their phones?

Jordan Shapiro, a Temple University professor’s suggest something different. In his new book, The New Childhood, his argument is that we’re not spending enough screen time with our kids. “One of the things I suggest in the book is that kids should be starting on social media much younger,” he says. And, play more video games with your kids, too.

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[19 Dec 2018 | No Comment | ]
Vitaminwater offers $100,000 for being off the smartphone for a year

No smartphone for $100,000?
Could you live without your smartphone for a year? Vitaminwater has $100,000 that says you cannot.
Unfortunately, only one contestant will be chosen and considering the press they are looking for, I would venture to guess they will select a young millennial. Vitaminwater will select a contestant around January 22nd. The contestant will be given a phone from the 90s and for a year will not be allowed to use any smartphones or tablets, whether it is their own or someone else’s. They will be allowed to use …

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[18 Jun 2018 | One Comment | ]
Video “gaming disorder” now an official mental health condition

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced “gaming disorder” as a new mental health condition in it’s latest edition of the International Classification of Diseases…


Gaming disorder has been defined “as a pattern of gaming behavior characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interest and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences”.

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[6 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]
Apple’s Screen Time app to help curb screen addiction

At the latest WWDC 2018 Conference, Apple announce upcoming iOS 12 apps to help curb our iPhone screen addiction. Screen addiction and it’s affects on both children and adults is widely documented. It’s also not as well known that many tech execs including Steve Jobs severely limited their own kids from using their own devices due to it’s addictive effects.

The new Apple Screen Time App will allow you to see how much time you are spending on your iPhone and what you apps you are spending time on. It will also allow parents to limit their children’s use of apps by putting specific time limits for individual apps.

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[1 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]
New app rewards discounts for not looking at your phone

An app called “Hold” launched in Norway in 2016, targeting college students. The app is simple in that it rewards users with discounts to businesses for staying off their phones…

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[23 Jan 2018 | One Comment | ]
New teen study shows more phone use leads to unhappiness

A new study on teen smartphone usage from San Diego State University showed that teens who spent more time on their smartphones were markedly unhappier. Professor Jean M. Twenge analyzed data of a survey given to more than a million U.S. 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. This survey asked the youth about their phone, tablet and computer usage as well as various questions about their happiness, relationships and social interactions…

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[22 Sep 2017 | One Comment | ]
How the Smartphone is Destroying a Generation

There’s not a single exception. All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness. Eighth-graders who spend 10 or more hours a week on social media are 56 percent more likely to say they’re unhappy than those who devote less time to social media.

Eighth-graders who spend 10 or more hours a week on social media are 56 percent more likely to say they’re unhappy than those who devote less time to social media. Click in to Read More About the Impact of Smartphones on this Generation.

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[25 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Teen Cyberbullying on the Internet [Infographic]

– 85% of bullying occurs inside of school
– 82% with learning disabilities have been bullied at school
– 70% of student say bullying is a problem at their school
– 44% middle schoolers experience bullying problems
– 43% of kids have been bullied online
– 35% of kids have been threatened online
yet… 58% who experience cyberbullying have not told their parents or an adult

Click to see more sobering statistics

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