Computers in children's bedrooms

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You don’t want to have a computer in your kids’ bedroom behind a closed door, because you want to be able to help your child learn computer safety. So if you have the computer in the kitchen or the den, or any public space where people are walking in and out, a number of things happen: someone’s always glancing at the screen, someone’s keeping an eye on where your child is or what they’re doing, and your child is actually less tempted to kind of check out spaces online that they know they shouldn’t be checking out but they’re right there available to them. I think it’s asking a lot of a child to take the responsibility for going online alone in their room, whether they’re emailing, on the Internet, in a chat room. When they’re doing it behind closed doors unsupervised, it’s a burden to them. They need the parental supervision. So in my house the rule is not just that they computer is in a public place, but for my six and eight-year-old a parent must be in the room when my kids are on the computer. It’s not any old adult – I want to make sure that someone who is looking out for their health and safety is in the room when they’re online.

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Cara Natterson, MD

Pediatrician & Author

Cara Natterson, MD has treated thousands of children and guided their parents as well. She was a partner at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California, a large group practice serving infants, children and teenagers. She now runs Worry Proof Consulting, the first of its kind pediatric practice that offers parents open-ended time to review everything from medical questions and biology basics to child development and parenting issues. Cara is also the author of several books on parenting and child health. She has a unique ability to translate cutting edge research into understandable terms for parents and their kids. More recently, Cara’s consulting has extended beyond individual families to include fortune 500 companies seeking expert advice on safety issues, child health, and crisis management.

Cara has appeared on television, in print, and on the web. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. Cara is a Board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And anyone who knows her knows that Cara is, by nature, one of the most risk-averse people on earth. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

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