Raising kids in the digital age

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Raising kids in the digital age

Raising children in this digital age can be really challenging for parents. It's hard to know how much screen time they should have, what's safe for them, and, in fact, how to make sure that they are not just doing computers or tablets and not playing outdoors. There are some key things to keep in mind. One is to set limits. Decide as a family how much time is going to have for screen time. Also think about content. What is it that I want my child taking in, in this digital age. Also, your attitude makes a difference. You don't want to just be cautious that it's all bad. You want to be enthusiastic that it's good. You also want to decide when to introduce your child to games on the computer. Maybe your son is four and you don't want him doing that. Don't feel the peer pressure to feel like you have to have your child connected to the computer. Check out your values, learn from other people, enjoy the digital age, and set limits as they are needed.

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Rona Renner, RN

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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