Using Tech to Monitor Teens Mood

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Jenny is in one of her moods again,” said her mother. “I just wish she would let me know what is bothering her. Every time I try to ask her about what is going on, she just growls and storms up to her room.” The teen years can be a difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. There are a lot of changes as adolescents become…

Making of Smartphone Habits in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Almost instinctively, the teen reaches into her pocket and quickly makes some swipes on her smartphone. The teen repeats the process several more times during her conversation with her friends. This would seem a little bit odd except her friends are engaged in the same habits, checking their smartphones without even seeming to be aware that they are doing it. This phenomenon is not unique…

Social Media Habits of Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A typical weekday night for families with teenagers usually includes the teen texting friends and going onto various social networking sites like Facebook to connect with friends. These two activities can consume hours and yet many parents and grandparents are not sure if this behavior is typical or if it is something they need to be concerned about. One resource that can be utilized by…

Parents and Toddlers’ Tablets

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Ok honey, mommy needs to get some work done. It is time for your show”, said the mother to her two year old daughter. The mother put a tablet computer in her daughter’s hands and started cleaning dishes. Her daughter swiped a couple of times and soon Sesame Street came on the tablet. The little girl sat down and started watching. As the situation above…

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