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To Smartphone? Or, not to Smartphone?

Focus on the "Why"... and the "When" will be a lot easier. "When should we give our children their own smartphones?"  Spoiler alert!  There is absolutely no consensus on how to answer this fundamental question for raising kids in the Digital…
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Kids and Smartphones... Be a Good Role Model

You are your child's most Important Role Model If you read the first post in this series Smartphone or Dumb Distraction, you are already aware that FamPlan believes that without their parents' guidance, kids are just as likely to have negative…
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"Smartphone" or "Dumb Distraction"

Your Kids and Smartphones... You Better Have a Plan. In at least one urgently important way, childhood is radically different for today's kids than it was for their parents.  Kids can now, quite literally, be connected with the entire world,…
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Connect with your Kids... Digitally

Make Technology a Force for Good in your Family Technology as a "force for good" in your family may sound a little (a lot) counter-intuitive at first.  We hear about the downside of technology on a fairly consistent basis these days.  And,…
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Social Media - Be There for Your Child

Is Social Media "Really" Bad for Our Kids? Many parents today, myself included, are concerned about the effects social media (and computer games, etc.) is having on our children.  If we are to assume that what we see on TV News (not to mention…
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Social Media & The Attention Economy

What is the "Attention Economy" you ask.  Great question... scary answer! Some of the world's most recognized technology brands, like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter are in a race for our attention.  They no longer have a choice. …