Media parenting habits to adopt in 2017

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If you’re anything like me, I’m glad 2016 is in the rear view mirror. I’m ready to start a new year. Like you, I’ve made a few new year’s goals. For starters, I plan to run a marathon in May. I spent all fall getting into shape, and now I’m officially in week 2 of my training! Hopefully my middle-aging body will hold up. As you set your goals for the new year, I’d like to ask you to consider how your media parenting is going. Chances are you’re already doing one or more of the habits I list below, but maybe there’s one among this list that you could do in order to better help your children benefit from media this year. So, without further ado, here are my top 5 media habits that every parent should think about adopting in 2017:

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Children of media literate parents are better off

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Despite popular beliefs, the first step towards changing how children are affected by media exposure is not to take away their smartphone. It’s not changing the channel. And it’s not installing monitoring software. Instead, new research shows that if we want to change how media affects our kids, we need to start by raising the level of media literacy among parents.

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When it comes to media, we should be more worried about parents than we are about children

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I’m just going to come out and say it – I don’t think parents should prevent kids from having smartphones.

There, I said it. I’m going to get pushback, but hear me out. When it comes to media, it’s not kids we need to worry so much about. No, I’m convinced that we haven’t lost a generation of children due to media, as many “experts” would suggest. No, what we’ve lost is a generation of parents.

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New research shows that parent-child TV viewing changes kids’ brain-body connection

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New research shows that without saying a single word, the mere presence of a parent while a child watches TV affects kids in a striking way—it changes their body’s physiological response to what’s on TV.

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Research shows that certain online behaviors can make kids more susceptible to cyberbullying

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This year was my 20th high school reunion. Because I now live so far from where I grew up, I could not attend. But even though I couldn’t be there, as I’ve thought about my time in middle school and high school over the last few months I’ve experienced many feelings. I feel old, of course. But I also realized that I don’t look at my high school years very fondly, and I think it might be because I was the victim of bullying. Continue reading “Research shows that certain online behaviors can make kids more susceptible to cyberbullying”

Guest post-Jean Rogers from Campaign for Commercial-free Childhood: Parents’ Nostalgia is a Great Marketing Tool

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When it comes to holiday gift purchases, marketers aren’t always looking at the children’s lists or checking them twice. Parents’ life-long, emotional attachment to brands also generates ca-ching!

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