Filtering for your Children
Posted by Kiddie Academy
It happens when we least expect it. You’ve got the TV on in the background while you play Legos with your seven year old and a program begins on the 9/11 Memorial, and he asks, “What’s 9/11?” Your response? “Uhhh…well…it stands for September 11th… and umm, a few years before you were born…a long time ago…some evil people wanted to hurt the United States and, umm, kill a lot of innocent people…”
As parents we are genetically programmed to protect our children from harm, and we try to limit their exposure to negative situations. However, the reality is…we can’t always prevent them from uncovering a sensitive topic that will require an explanation. In order to maintain our children’s sense of security, we can filter the way these topics are presented, what is seen or answer questions with an age-appropriate response.
Claire Haas, vice president of education for Kiddie Academy, offers [...]
Posted by Erin
I was listening to public radio the other day and I heard a great story about multi-tasking. The point of the segment was that all of the technology that we rely on daily has actually changed the way our brains function. Our brains (and those of our teenagers) have actually changed to accept lots of little bits of information all at once. We’re actually more efficient when we are being bombarded with tidbits on a constant basis, right? So this NPR story is my excuse for being plugged in, constantly. I got my first cell phone when I was in college. It was huge, minutes were a fortune, and calls got dropped all the time. But I had the cell phone and it was great in an emergency. I’m not sure exactly when [...]