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We are so dazzled by digital gadgets (and they truly are amazing!) that we forget to consider seriously how these ultimately impact our children and family lives — and ultimately the picture is not at all pretty.

Kids are awash in digital media and gadgets, and most are unsupervised and consume mostly junk. Parents feel helpless because they do not know — except for restricting and filtering — how to guide media-saturated kids’ into healthy media consumption.

Technology has brought lots of good stuff that can go into a healthy media diet that will actually enhance family life and child development. If shown how, parents will commit themselves to pay attention and get involved in kids’ digital lives constructively and to the benefit of all. Kids will grow into balanced consumers of information and media and family relationships, values education, socialization, as would intellectual development, and kids will still have fun.

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