Whose Protecting Your Children from Internet Addiction and Brain Hacking? Part 2 (Pedcast)

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Introduction

I hope you learned in part one of this series, how addicting and attractive social media and screens are to children. Addiction too strong a word you think? Think again.  Just watch many of today’s teens with their smart phones. They are regularly having intrusive repetitive thoughts of checking their phones for updates and clearly become distressed when the phone stops working or is taken away.  In the addiction world that is called withdrawal. And once the addiction has taken hold, others can use it to strongly influence a child’s specific thoughts, feelings, and actions, a process called “Brain hacking”. Today, as promised, we are going to get into some specifics of what parents can do to guard against Internet addiction and brain hacking. Stay informed, stay engaged, and of course, stay tuned to this edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading

Interesting Child Health Links 5/7/18

The Following are Dr. Smo’s links to interesting articles about children and child health for the week of 5/7/18

 

Article #1: Want to know what you can do to really stimulate your children’s minds. connect emotionally, and improve their ability to think… simply have dinner together as a family and talk.

https://www.workingmother.com/proven-best-activity-you-should-be-doing-with-your-kids?dom=flipboard&src=syn&%3Fads=off

Article #2: Here is an article that gives a psychiatrist’s view of internet addiction and the corrosive effect of screens on children. A new issue for parents and one that you need to be giving a lot of thought to.

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Who Caused the Childhood Obesity Epidemic? (Pedcast)

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Introduction

I don’t know about you, but I am saddened when I look at many of today’s American children because so many are either overweight or frankly obese. Stop and think about how obesity can fundamentally change a child’s entire childhood. Talk to a very overweight child and you are likely to hear a description of not being chosen to participate in sports with other kids, feeling chronically like a failure, having severe bouts of sadness and guilt, being embarrassed by their bodies, and resenting other children who are normal weight. For many of these overweight children, their childhoods are filled with isolation and shame rather than optimism and joy. Fact: America is now up to 35% of children being overweight, 20% of which are morbidly obese, tripling since 1970! What a tragedy. Continue reading

Interesting Child Health Links 4/16/18

The Following are Dr. Smo’s links to interesting articles about children and child health for the week of 4/16/18

Article 1. Do taking antibiotics and antacids early in life increase a child’s chances of having allergies? Some think they do and a recent study found an association. Learn more.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/04/03/antibiotics-and-antacids-increased-allergy-risk/

Article 2. E-cigarettes may not cause cancer but they are still addicting for many young adults. This article points that fact out.

https://www.inverse.com/article/43124-teenagers-addiction-vaping-e-cigarettes Continue reading