Magazine article Work & Family Life

How the Digital World Affects Kids of All Ages

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How the Digital World Affects Kids of All Ages

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How the digital world affects kids of all ages

Our media and technology universe is constantly evolving. Kids are spending more time in front of screens both at home and in school. Clearly this new environment has an impact on their emotional, social, physical and cognitive development.

What is helpful and what is harmful? Many parents are having a hard time answering these questions-as well as staying on top of the ever-changing digital world.

The new book Media Moms & Digital Dads by Yalda Uhls, PhD, offers a comprehensive and practical look at growing up in this new and amazing digital age. A researcher who works with Common Sense Media, Dr. Uhls discusses how digital media affects the brain, beginning with infants and toddlers (see the Front Page article), and then moves on to the impact of the digital world on the teen brain.

Her book covers the pros and cons of video games and discusses whether constantly "liking" and taking selfies is affecting kids' identity development. …

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