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Developmental Stages of Access to Social Media Grades 9-10, Part I

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

This column continues the series on setting limits on your kid’s access to and use of social media and the internet at different ages.  The focus of this column is on the expectations and recommendations for kids in grades 9 and 10. Levels of Parental Monitoring Ninth and tenth grade kids should begin to require less parental monitoring than younger …

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Developmental Stages of Access to Social Media Grades 7-8, Part III

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

This column continues the series about setting limits on your kid’s access to and use of social media and the internet.  The topic for this column is video games and social media accounts.  It is the third part of the expectations and recommendations for kids in grades 7 and 8.  If strategies or information have been covered in previous columns …

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What is a reasonable curfew?

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

If you ask your kid, they are likely to say: I am old enough to decide for myself when it is time to come home. You should trust me. My friend’s parents let them stay out really late all the time. And besides, this isn’t some fascist state like . . . like . . . somewhere else.  This is …

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Developmental Stages of Access to Social Media Grades 1-4 (part 2)

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Video games.  Pay very close attention to the messages your kid will get from the video games they play.  Video games are programmed.  That means someone has decided what the appropriate, reasonable or desirable response should be to each and every situation the character encounters.  Someone else is shaping your kid’s values, over and over again.  Kids should only play …

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Developmental Stages of Access to Social Media Grades 1-4 (part 1)

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

It’s 2013, do you know how where your kid is (on the world wide web)?  Elementary school children are not ready for full and unfettered access to the internet or social media.  Their judgment is limited.  They are cognitively, social and psychologically naïve.  They are susceptible to flawed logic and deception by others.  This makes them gullible.  They need to …

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Developmental Stages of Access to Social Media

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

OK, I’m going out on a limb here.  There is a lot being said and written about kids and social media.  The problem is that there is precious little specific guidance given on how to decide what is best for kids of different ages.  Here is my attempt to wade into the discussion. This column will propose a system for …