Open Communication Helps Internet Safety

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Presents have been opened with wrapping paper cast aside in heaps on the floor. Many of the most desired presents kids and teens received this holiday season were gaming systems, iPods, and smart phones. They will quickly become ensconced behind their new screens and devote much of their holiday break in trying to master the subtleties of their new gaming systems or downloading new apps…

Cost of Online Social Networks for Tweens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Can I get a Facebook account?” asked the sixth grader to her parents. “All of my friends are on it and I feel left out because I don’t have an account,” she argued. She wrapped up by saying, “Besides, Facebook is free and you won’t have to pay anything for me to join.” By middle school, most children have joined a social network. Facebook continues…

Kids Need to Eat Breakfast

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The house is alive with a flurry of activity. A young girl is quickly shoving papers into a backpack while her mother is finding her car keys. The girl’s brother still looks slightly dazed as he finishes putting on his clothes while his father exhorts him to get ready to go. In a short-time, the bus arrives to pick up the children and the parents…

Video Games Role in Boys Friendships

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The teenager rushed into the house after getting home from school. He quickly nodded towards his mom before turning on his Xbox. His mom heard him muttering into a headset, “We need to form an alpha team so we can encircle them.” The teen stayed glued to the screen, playing on his Xbox for the next couple of hours. His mother is getting concerned about…