Your Children Being “Brain Hacked”?(Pedcast)


Still not sure about if or when to get your children a smart phone or allow them access to social media? Dr. Paul Smolen here and I’m about to make that decision a little easier for you. In today’s podcast, I am going to give you my own insights as well as the insights of tech expert Roger McNamee, an insider in the creation of Facebook.  He has an interesting perspective about the power these tech giants have over your children.   He introduced me to the term “brain hacking technologies” that he says were designed to maximize and sustain the attention of both you and your children. Continue reading

TV Harming Kid’s Health? (Pedcast)


Welcome to another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. I’m your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician who has practiced pediatrics in Charlotte NC for the past 35 years. As I like to say, from the womb to the workplace, if it involves children, we talk about it here. Today, I’m going to tell you about a recent family experience I had and what it taught me about the potential negative influence of media, specifically television, on a viewer’s health.  Charge up those mp3 players, put in those buds, and get ready for a fascinating edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics.  Continue reading