Science is often our best guide to making decisions. But the best science can take a long time to complete, something that can be lost amid hype. This is particularly true of Anderson Cooper’s 2018 “60 Minutes” piece on a study run by the National Institutes of Health, where 11,000 children will be studied to see what, if any, impact screen time has on their development. The problem? It won’t be finished for a decade.

While we all remember summers off with a golden nostalgia, the truth is that they were probably bad for us in terms of learning retention. The “summer slide,” known as “summer learning loss,” is related to the fairly simple problem that if you don’t keep using a skill, eventually that skill will atrophy. So how do parents prevent the slide, while also limiting the use of screens?

Mother and daughter in a blanket and pillow tent.

Technology is an ever-increasing part of our lives. Smartphones, laptops, e-readers, gaming devices, car consoles, and a host of other screens and gadgets are filling our lives and sometimes pushing us in unique directions. But for kids especially, balancing technology and other activities can be tough. Here’s how to help children stay on an even technological keel.

Mom carrying her son on her back outside.

Whenever kids and adults share the same environment on the internet, problems will pop up. They can be as simple as adults using profane language in chat, not understanding that they’re interacting with a child, or as complex as kids stumbling over content built by users that wasn’t intended for children’s eyes. Roblox, the kid-oriented game-building platform, is no exception.

Dad and young teen looking at a tablet together.

Doing ridiculous things for attention is hardly a new phenomenon. Ask your parents and grandparents if they ever ate goldfish, stuffed a phone booth, or ran through a public event without clothing on and see what they say.

Dad helping his son fix a bicycle tire.

Fortnite is a popular “battle royale” shooter where a group of players are dropped into a colorful fantasy world to try and knock each other out of the map. It’s grown shockingly fast since it was first introduced, and like any other form of entertainment, there’s a thin line between enjoying something and becoming obsessed with it. So how do parents keep a popular game from eating up all their family’s time?

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