The tech savvy parent with Dr. John Simpson (Pedcast)




Welcome  to another edition of my blog,  I am your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a general pediatrician with 31 years of practice so far and I am delighted to have as my returning guest, Dr. John Simpson, PhD clinical licensed psychologist with an abundance of practice experience under his belt and special training in adolescent psychology.   (I didn’t say decades this time did I Dr.Simpson)? Thank you for joining us tonight.  Dr. Simpson, you recently mentioned to me that, in your experience, one of the most frightening aspects of parenting today is dealing with computers and the Internet.  How did you put it? , “If you want to see parents have a meltdown, bring up the topic of computers, smartphones, and the internet.”  Well, that is exactly what we are going to do in this pedcast…discuss some of the issues parents need to deal with when it comes to the tech world.  What’s the old saying, “With knowledge comes wisdom”.  Let’s hope we all gain some knowledge AND wisdom  today.  Dr. Simpson, let me pose a general question to get us started;




Question 1.  In the practical world, how do you see parents perceiving their children’s interactions with the Internet and computer technologies? 


Question 2.  What do you see as the biggest danger or dangers of the Internet? 


Question 3.  What practical suggestions can you give parents to make sure they are dealing with computers and the Internet as effectively as possible?


Question 4.  Can online relationships on the Internet be damaging to children and how does a parent set limits? 



Question 5.  Let’s say that the parents have been as careful as possible, family meeting, computer in public place, rules have been articulated do’s and don’ts, is there still trouble to watch for? 




Dr. John Simpson, thank you for sharing your wisdom and wit with my audience and me.  You are a delight and really fun to talk to. Let’s start planning our next talk, shall we?


Your comments are welcome so please direct to iTunes or my blog,  This is Dr. Paul Smolen, broadcasting from studio 1 E, hoping this pedcast can help you avoid some nasty fights, when it comes to your kid’s digital bytes.  Until next time.