- Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking
- Back to School
- Cellphone Parenting
- Character Strengths and Life Skills
- Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls
- Early Childhood
- Facebook, Instagram, and Social
- Learning with Technology
- Marketing to Kids
- Mental Health
- News and Media Literacy
- Privacy and Internet Safety
- Screen Time
- Sex, Gender, and Body Image
- Special Needs and Learning Difficulties
- Technology Addiction
- Violence in Media
Can technology hurt my child's ability to have a face-to-face conversation?
Heavy technology users, including multitaskers, may miss out on chances to talk to people face to face. They may struggle more in conversation. They may fail to pick up nonverbal cues. These things weaken a person's ability to relate to others.
We don't know whether technology is the cause of this problem or whether people who have social problems sometimes end up using more technology. If you're worried that your kid might have trouble having face-to-face conversations because of too much technology use, set some limits. Offer your child more opportunities for conversations by creating media-free times and zones. Plan a weekly schedule that includes a mix of healthy activities.