Digital Technologies/Screens

Dr. M’s SPA Newsletter Volume 11 Issue 28

High Flying Majestic Frigate Birds

Teenagers are in need of our guidance despite what they may tell you. Stay involved in order to love and guide them.

Do you know what your teenagers are texting?
As our teenagers learn and attempt to navigate the modern world replete with ever time consuming social media applications and devices, we must stay tied to them for safety. Dr. Laura Berman has a cautionary tale that discusses the hidden dangers of children using social media to communicate their desire to use and obtain drugs. She stated in a post, “Instead of writing out words and structuring sentences, teenagers and young adults are using emojis to express thoughts or emotions in conversations with their friends and online strangers. So, it’s important that parents become educated on the language our kids are speaking. ” (Berman, L)
The world of teenagers is a scary place for a parent to navigate as children have applications that disappear written text and pictures in seconds to minutes hiding an obvious trail of trouble if it exists……..
Read more at https://www.salisburypediatrics.com/patient-education/dr-magryta-s-newsletter
Have a great day,
Dr. M

Here’s Why You Should Care What Media Your Children Watch (Archived Pedcast)

 

 

 I am going to get a little personal with this installment of Portable Practical Pediatrics, I am going to tell you a real life story that happened to yours truly, when I was in high school, 10th grade to be specific that involved media exposure.  This story speaks directly to the question I posed in the title of this pedcast: should parents care about what media their children watch during childhood?  An important question for today’s parents to ponder. 

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New Screen Advice for Parents (Pedcast)

Looking for guidance for how your children should interact with those screens that are everywhere in today’s world? Then you’ve come to the right place.

 

Photograph by Gerd Altmann-Pixabay

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Playgrounds, No Parents Allowed (Archived Pedcast)

In this early episode of Portable Practical Pediatrics (originally posted July 2010), get a heavy dose of Doc Smo opinion that may change the way you think of sports for your children. According to Doc Smo, balancing structured and unstructured sports is an important task for parents and one that is often not done well. Give a listen. open your heart, and see if his message resonates.

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Here’s Why Parents Should Care What Media their Children Watch? (Pedcast)

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    Doc Smo here. Thanks for joining me today. OK, I am going to get a little personal with this installment of Portable Practical Pediatrics, I am going to tell you a real life story that happened to yours truly, when I was in high school, 10th grade to be specific that involved media exposure.  This story speaks directly to the question I posed in the title of this pedcast: should parents care about what media their children watch during childhood?  An important question for today’s parents to ponder so hang with me for this important edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics Continue reading

Can You Prevent Your Children From Needing Eye Glasses? (Archived Pedcast)

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As if there aren’t enough reasons to turn off the screens and get your kids outside, here is another big one. We now have proof, from a big study done in China, a study that spanned over a few years, that being outside and being away from close-up work like reading and looking at screens significantly reduces a child’s chances of developing nearsightedness, a condition also called myopia.I guess the Chinese are particularly interested in myopia since they have such high incidence of myopia. Among urban older Chinese, the rate of nearsightedness is currently 90%.  I guess that is why they invented glasses– a very strong need. So it is fitting that the Chinese were the ones who proved that spending at least 40 minutes outside on a daily basis, greatly reduces a child’s chance of becoming myopic.

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

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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