The ability to multitask may not always be an asset

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The ability to multitask may not always be an asset

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Well, everybody thinks, they're good multitasker, but they are really not, Studies show that we're actually pretty bad multitaskers and it's also really important for parents to enforce boundaries around homework time and sleep time, those are the two essential times that kids absolutely should not be multitasking. It's really important that parents model good digital behaviors, so you've asked your kids keep their phone off, then you should keep your phone off, too. Kids are actually pretty poor multitaskers and if their school is suffering and they are not sleeping as well as they should be, then multitasking may be the culprit. So you should set some limits around when it's ok to be on the phone or on Facebook or playing a video game and when it's not. Be very clear about what those limits are and set some really sacred, saint times for homework and sleep.

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Caroline Knorr

Parenting Editor, Common Sense Media

As Common Sense Media's parenting editor, Caroline helps parents make sense of what’s going on in their kids' media lives. From games to cell phones to movies and more, if you're wondering "what’s the right age for…?", Caroline can help you make the decision that works best for your family. She has more than 20 years of editorial and creative marketing writing experience and has held senior-level positions at Walmart.com, Walmart stores, Cnet, and Bay Area Parent magazine. She specializes in translating complex information into bite-sized chunks to help families make informed choices about what their kids watch, play, read, and do. And she's the proud mom of a teenage son whose media passions include Star Wars, StarCraft, graphic novels, and the radio program This American Life

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