Managing Technology on Family Vacations

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The long awaited family vacation had finally arrived. The family had traveled over nine hours in the car to get to their destination. Everyone was unpacked and ready to enjoy a week off. As the mother looked out from the balcony, she saw the sun going down and the sun rays reflecting off the ocean water. She went back inside and encouraged the rest of…

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…

Face Time During Meal Time

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A father and daughter go out to a restaurant for lunch. They sit down in a booth and both quietly slip out their cell phones and start texting and checking e-mail. This continues until the waitress comes to take their order. Another 20 minutes go by as silence envelops the table. It is not until the food comes that an actual face-to-face conversation starts between…

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