Is Minecraft Appropriate for Kids?

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The nine year old boy came up to his parents and breathlessly asked, “Can I get Minecraft? Everybody at my school is playing it and it is so awesome!” The boy’s parents looked at each other with some bewilderment. Neither had a clue as to what Minecraft was, much less whether their son should be allowed to play it. They did know that many boys…

Teens Tech Use and Impact on Sleep

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It was late at night and the room was dark except for the glow of the computer screen. The adolescent boy was hunched over the computer playing just a little more of World of Warcraft before heading to bed. Thirty minutes later, he logged off the game and laid down in bed. Despite feeling exhausted, he could not seem to fall asleep. It took nearly…

Media Exposure and the Youngest Minds

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The one year old sat with the iPad and watched Sesame Street while his mother quickly finished some household chores before they headed to the park. The mother felt a bit guilty about having her son watch his show. She had heard the recommendation that children under the age of two years old should not watch any media. Still, it did not seem like small…

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