Monitoring your children for their own safety

Psychologist & Author David Palmiter, PhD, shares advice for parents on when it is alright to monitor your child for his or her own safety
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Monitoring your children for their own safety

There's 2 kinds of monitoring. Monitoring in the home and monitoring outside the home. In the home regards, I wanted to make sure my kid doesn't have exposure to media that will overstimulate them. They won't understand that might actually damage their development. So, what I want to do is set up a parent controls. In one national study, 42% of kids that have access to pornography that was accidental. So, if I'm the kind of parent who knows what 8-track tapes are or I've got audio cassette tapes on my library, I may not know what it takes to set up the control but I can hire a 20 something person and give them an Amazon gift card or something and have them set up controls across all media and then test it intermittently. Outside the home is just a question of knowing what kind adult I'm handing the ball off to. I've got the ball at home for monitoring and I'm handing off the ball. I'm making an assessment whether the person I'm handing the ball off to can monitor my child the same way I would or similar way that I would if I were there.

Psychologist & Author David Palmiter, PhD, shares advice for parents on when it is alright to monitor your child for his or her own safety


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David Palmiter, PhD, ABPP

Psychologist & Author

Dr. David Palmiter is a professor of Psychology and Counseling at Marywood University. He is a practicing and board-certified clinical psychologist, a past president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the author of over three dozen publications, including two books on promoting resilience in youth, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (true of < 6% of psychologists), the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association in youth. He has also given hundreds of workshops on family issues for organizations such as The Navy SEAL Foundation, The Master Therapist Series at the University of Connecticut, The American Psychological Association and the McGraw-Hill Financial Group and completed hundreds of media projects for outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, US News and World Report and the Wall Street Journal. David is also a dad of three (two studying at Cornell University and one still in high school) and husband of 27 years to Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter. A central aspect of his professional mission is to put air under the wings of parents as they try to raise happy and resilient children and teens.

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