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Children, Parents and Technology


Children Fail to Recognize Online Ads, Study Says

Posted April 26, 2011
Link to the Original Article It is exactly because merchandisers can use powerful cutting-edge psychological tools on kids interacting with technology, and for other very good reasons, that parents urgently need to be empowered and educated and given their own tech tools too to safeguard and manage kids' media consumption. As a child psychiatrist and media / kids expert and author I believe that parents too need a mindset and system of thinking to help them cope with the myriad boundary-blurring challenges that rapidly-evolving technology is forcing on us all. It is time to level the playing field. And parents do
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Advergames: McDonald’s Videogame Marketing to Kids Is a Tech Media Management Challenge to Parents

Posted April 21, 2011
Link to the Original Article Matt Richtel of the New York Times just authored three fascinating related articles about kids' advertising in the digital age.* One describes McDonald's Corp.’s efforts to engage kids in clandestine consumer transactions by having them play free video games. Unfortunately, busy caring parents may have to face yet another difficulty as they attempt to keep their kids' media and food consumption healthy and safe. Parents can learn about the underlying current motives, thinking and changes in kiddie advertising from Richtel's second urgently must-read story. Richtel's third story describes a very well-designed scholarly experiment on 4th graders in public
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American Academy of Pediatrics Gives Good Guidance. Kids iPad ZillyDilly™ App Safe and Effective Media Manager is Next Step.

Posted March 29, 2011
Although experts all consistently agree that kids need parental guidance to assure safe and effective social media and other online media consumption, there are few real tools available. We need to go beyond safety concerns to truly give families the benefits of technology. Parents need to be empowered, educated and tech tools to assist them. Such an app is coming to the iPad from MyDigitalFamily. ZillyDilly. http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-general-discussions/174-would-you-buy-ipad-your-child.html Here are recent recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics about social media and online safety that provide part of what parents need to succeed. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/peds.2011-0054v1.pdf http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/june09socialmedia.htm http://safetynet.aap.org/ ZillyDilly
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Always Connected: The new digital media habits of young children – REVIEWED

Posted March 27, 2011
Link to Original Article A well-worthwhile read is Always Connected: The new digital media habits of young children by Aviva Lucas Gutnick et al. My own take is that yet again we are seeing the increasingly potent new technologies relentlessly pushing media towards the very same cradle where we nurture, protect, and love our young infants. Increasingly more kids are increasingly rapidly adapting to and experiencing media at younger ages, even as research findings have not yet cooled the fevered consumption of technology in families. The time has come for overwhelmed parents, backed by professionals, to become empowered,
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Schwimmer’s ‘Trust’ Reviewed: Technology / Media Violent to Kids — Parents Need Help!

Posted March 24, 2011
Link to the Original Article (David Schwimmer and Andy Bellin's important play Trust had a three months' debut run at Chicago's Looking Glass Theater a year ago, and is now resurfacing as a movie. My review of the play follows here.) Trust is a moving portrayal of the life-changing consequences of an Internet romance between an innocent teenage girl and an adult male predator. Easy access and privacy in real time can be dangerous. The truth of Trust and how close it is to all our lives and a threat to our loved ones are powerful. The audience seems to hold its
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Posted March 20, 2011
Link to the Original Article The fourteen energetic dancers of Hubbard Street Chicago treated us to a mesmerizing interpretation of Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s new Too Beaucoup . Clad head to foot in flesh-colored body stockings and matching makeup, the anonymous, seemingly cloned, dancers were driven relentlessly by the persistent breathtaking soundtrack. IMHO, what made this production essential viewing is its exploration of the increasingly busy, and at the same time, fuzzy interface between machine and man, human and robot. The timely dance masterpiece raises urgent points: How and where are human relationships with each other, with cloned
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I Forgot My iPhone. What a relief!

Posted March 19, 2011
The other day I had a sharp momentary panic when I realized I forgot my iPhone. I searched for it desperately. I called it. It was nowhere to be found. I felt naked, exposed, incomplete. I felt a hole in my world. I was suddenly in a silence -- isolated and out of touch with what are surely crucial breaking news from my kids or patients. The feeling is familiar – like when I forgot my wallet or keys -- worry, tightness in the chest and a wave of hollowness in the pit of my stomach. That is what so many
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ALONE TOGETHER is must reading for anyone who has a cell phone; and a must MUST if you also have a child.

Posted January 24, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must If You Have a Cell Phone; A Must Must If You Also Have a Child., January 10, 2011 This review is from: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (Hardcover) ALONE TOGETHER is must reading for anyone who has a cell phone; and a must MUST if you also have a child. Dr. Sherry Turkle, a first rate thinker, veteran researcher, and keen observer, surprises us with how thoroughly and rapidly the evolving human-machine interface is changing our lives. Dr. Turkle's findings suggest that some major fundamental human brain
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Book Review: Dr. Sherry Turkle’s ‘Alone Together’ (Basic Books)

Posted January 24, 2011
MIT's Dr. Sherry Turkle's ALONE TOGETHER (Basic Books, 2010) is must reading for anyone who has a cell phone; and a must MUST if you also have a child. This distinguished full professor at MIT has been skillfully watching fascinating developments unfold for almost two decades. As a captivating writer, Dr. Turkle again provides superbly stimulating food for thought about the social / psychological dimensions of where our chaotic technology consumption may be taking us. Cybercrime, sexting, gaming, cyberbullying, multitasking, endless power struggles with our teens, and other sensational happenings that are capturing our attention are but tips of an iceberg. Ironically,
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Pioneer Thought Leader and Researcher: Robots Are Here to Stay and They Are Us

Posted January 19, 2011

Link to Original Article This review is from: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (Hardcover)

I have not had the honor of meeting Dr. Turkle personally, but as I was researching my own book I found her to be one of the most important and sensible scholars in the human and technology space. Although she focuses on robots, the relevance of her work extends to all interactions with digital media. Currently, our use of the online computer and smartphone has similar

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