Internet Safety for Middle School Kids

Middle schoolers lead digital lives, so why not make sure they do it safely? Credit: Getty Images In the middle school years, teens begin social networking, creating and uploading comments (blogs, videos, pictures), downloading music a...Teens are using the Internet to express themselves and to experiment anonymously with different identities.

Setting Computer Limits for Kids

Can your child enjoy himself –- and all those things that aren't online -– when he's away from the computer? Credit: Getty Images If your children spend a large amount of time at the computer, you may wonder, are they addic...If your children spend a large amount of time at the computer, you may wonder, are they addicted or do they simply enjoy being online?

What's Better for Kids: Computers, TV or Video Games?

How does a parent choose which media to allow their kids to spend time with? Credit: Getty Images It's a daily dilemma: If you allow a certain amount of screen time per day -- whether it's TV, the computer or a video game -- which one ...Whether it's TV, video games or websites, a screen is a screen is a screen.

Computer and Video Games Make My Boys Forget Homework and Even Dinner!

Dear AdviceMama, Once my sons are on the computer or video game, I can't get them to come to dinner or do their homework. They say they aren't hungry, or that they have to use the computer to do their homework. What can I do? Signed, Tec...
Can't get your kids to unplug? Take a look at your own tech behavior.

When Should Kids Start Using Computers?

Kids as young as 4 are spending 50 minutes a day on the computer. Credit: Getty Images Parents know how much their kids love computers. Sometimes they're just playing games, but computers have become an important part of education as w...

Tune Out: Pediatricians Issue New Guidelines for Entertainment Media

The AAP says to limit your kid's screen time to two hours a day. Credit: Getty Images
Quick: How many gadgets does your kid have? Between iPods, computers, handheld games, televisions, video games and the like, we're guessing it's hard to keep...
Average kids spends more than seven hours a day watching TV and using computers, phones and other electronic devices for entertainment. The only thing they spend more time doing? Sleeping.

Kids Struggle to Unplug At Summer Camp

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Sending the kids off to summer camp is a time-honored tradition for many families. For parents, sleep-away camp is a rare break from parental duties and a chance to let the kids take some baby step...

Girls More Tech-Savvy Than Boys

Moms are the most tech-savvy people in the family, and more than 94 percent of girls have used a laptop or computer, compared to 88 percent of boys, according to a new British survey. The poll included more than 4,000 children ages six to 14 and a...

Parents Defy Experts, Let Tots Watch TV

Despite warnings that watching television is bad for kids, parents continue to allow their children to veg out in front of the boob tube, even while they eat. According to an Australian study of 10,000 children from across that country, at least o...

SafetyClicks helps parents and kids navigate the web

When my generation of parents were growing up, computers were the size of minvans and no one had a cell phone. Today, kids tote laptops to camp and preschoolers know how to text. It's a brave new world. It can also be a scary new world when your kid ...

Video game design for kids

Video games and kids -- you can argue about whether or not they make a good combination, but there's no question that the latter loves the former. But even if you don't approve of playing video games, writing them is certainly a different story. Only...

Use your summer vacation to change the world

If your child is between the ages of five and fourteen, this summer he or she can help change the world by helping to rid it of malaria. According to this, Malaria kills over 3,000 children a day. Malaria is transmitted through the bite of a mosqu...

Regular stuffed animals vs webkinz

Slate, MSN's somewhat edgy editorial column, has a new article up by Emily Bazelon, an author who writes about parenting. I've been reading her stuff for a while, well, mainly because she's funny and doesn't take herself, or parenting, too seriousl...

The eleven-year-old network admin

It's not what you know, it's who you know. That bit of advice might be especially true these days, as the job market gets tighter and the economy continues its trek downward. That's why professional networking sites like LinkedIn are so popular. But ...

Autistic teen speaks out via computer

Imagine having so much you want to say, but being unable to get it out for the first dozen or so years of your life due to severe autism. That's what thirteen-year-old Carly Fleischmann was up against. It must have been incredibly frustrating. Now, h...


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