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Is Technology Really Hurting Kids’ Ability to Socialize?

We chat with Frederick J. Goodall – you might recognize him as one of our rotating panelists for “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Fred also writes a parenting blog called Mocha Dad. The tagline – one father’s quest to be a better dad. He recently wrote about his developing attitudes towards his kids’ […]

We chat with Frederick J. Goodall – you might recognize him as one of our rotating panelists for “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Fred also writes a parenting blog called Mocha Dad. The tagline – one father’s quest to be a better dad.

He recently wrote about his developing attitudes towards his kids’ use of technology – specifically texting. He has some interesting observations that may break with conventional wisdom about how parents should address kids buried too often in their phones.

We also talk with Dr. Bernard R. Robin, Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Education at the University of Houston. Dr. Robin teaches a course called “Computer Mediated Communication,” and he studies how young people are using technology, and how much they rely on it. We discuss what the latest research has to say about whether so much use of technology – including social media – is really bad for kids. Research on the subject is – perhaps not surprisingly – all over the map.

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