PEPS Blog Post

“Grandparenting in the Digital Age: The Highs, The Lows, and Three Questions to Consider”

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, PEPS hosted a group of local grandparents gathered together to learn about Grandparenting in the Digital Age. Most of the 25 attendees had similar concerns: Why are screens so tempting for young children; How can we manage screen time for our grandkids (especially when our rules might differ from parent rules); What options, if any, exist for “healthy” screen use?  Our guest speaker, Emily Cherkin, works with schools and families on how to balance technology in our daily lives, and was on hand to present information and answer questions.  She shares with us here the research, things to consider and tips.

One of my favorite childhood memories is stopping by my grandparent’s house on the way home from school. We were lucky enough to live down the street from them, so a stop at their house in the afternoons usually meant a bowl of chocolate ice cream with a scoop of homemade raspberry jam on top. It was a lovely way to start the afternoon. Nowadays, I realize how fortunate I am today that my own two children, ages 8 and 11, have four healthy and involved grandparents in their life, and that they get to see them several times a week.

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“How Much Screen Time Is Too Much for Kids? The surprising new diagnosis that has parents concerned”

“[There are m]any other scientifically documented ways in which the extensive use of screens by kids has had a negative health impact It seems obvious that children would benefit from less screen time.

But it's complicated: Parents are usually willing to limit screen time for their children but are much more reluctant to manage screen time for themselves. 

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Posted on ParentMap, March 13, 2019


”It’s Not About the Momo Challenge: It Shouldn’t Take a Viral Prank to Get Us Worried About What Kids See and Do Online”

The problem with the Momo challenge (and others like it) is that it is simultaneously a call to action for already concerned parents and a huge distraction from the real issues that should concern us when it comes to screens and technology…

In a seemingly chaotic world magnified 24/7 on our devices, it is important to remember that fear does not serve anyone and that there are concrete things we can do now that will help our children in the future.

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Posted on ParentMap, March 1, 2019

Bend Nest

“Quick Fix? Before You Hand Your Tantruming Toddler a Smartphone, Read This.”

Modern-day parents will recognize this scene: errands, cranky toddler, long line at the grocery store. At the register, the threenager melts down. To avoid a scene, the parent hands over their iPhone. It buys a few minutes of quiet while she loads groceries into the car without further drama.

Parents are also familiar with the scene that follows: once the child is buckled, the parent reaches to extricate the iPhone. Cue: grenade, tornado, volcano. The drive home is miserable as the short-term fix only delayed a now screen-stimulated tantrum.

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Published in Bend Nest, January 29, 2019

PEPS Newsletter

“Rules of the (Open) Road: To Share or Not to Share”

Many of us will be traveling this summer, with both our kids and smartphones in tow. And who doesn’t want to document these precious summer memories? Of course, once I capture these fleeting moments, it’s sooooo easy to click and share what we are up to on social media. But I’ve also grown increasingly skeptical of this too-easy process. Recently, three questions have pushed me to pause before I post:

  1. What do I gain by posting these pics?

  2. What do I lose or replace?

  3. What values do I model for our kids?

Read the rest here.

Published in PEPS Newsletter, July 16, 2018