Parenting in the Digital Age

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Parenting in a Digital Age - Supporting Materials

Sample Device Use Contracts

When it comes to digital addiction, kids aren’t the only ones who have a problem—and that can take a toll on the whole family. Below are suggested readings on the tech habits of parents.


Family Online Safety Institute's Good Digital Parenting provides tips, tools and rules to confidently navigate the online world with your kids.

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Common Sense helps parents lay the groundwork for responsible cell phone use and manage the challenges and opportunities they bring.

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Could you become addicted to playing video games?

Some experts think people can become addicted to playing video games, much in the same way people are addicted to physical substances, but is that really possible? If you are a gamer, what motivates you to play? How do you resist temptation when you need to? If you don't play video games, is there another behavior that you think it would be possible to be addicted to?

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6 Underground Apps Students Hide

Despite the best efforts of parents and educators, children can–and do–get into sticky situations with technology. And as everyone knows, things you post online, in group chats, or send in text messages don’t disappear if you delete them.

Education Week has compiled a list of apps adults might want to know about, not in an effort to alarm parents and teachers, but rather to inform them of the threats that accompany technology ownership and use.

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Sherry Turkle is the director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self and the author of Reclaiming the Conversation, The Power of Talk in a Digital Age and Alone Together. The websites dedicated to her books include NPR interviews, articles, and TED Talks on her research.

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