Male hand touching virtual screen with medical icons to illustration Googling the Internet within.
    January 6, 2016
    Googling The Internet Within

    About 82% of the people who answered a recent Scanadu poll question say they search online first about their symptoms, before turning to their doctors. Even some doctors who responded said they search…

    Young boy holding a tablet and smiling. Screentime for kids.
    June 24, 2015
    Why I say YES to Screentime for Kids

      I used to love looking over and finding one of my three kids with their nose in a book. It feels like the ultimate parenting win: look at my kid calmly learning something over there, all by him…

    Hamster running in a wheel.
    May 1, 2015
    Overplugged: Tech Balance Is About Living Life Deeply

    We tend to think of tech balance as a minor issue in the grand scheme of things. What we may be overlooking is that tech balance has a tremendous impact on how we view the world, relate with others, a…

    Young man on public transportation holding on to a rail with one hand and texting with the other.
    April 10, 2015
    Overplugged: By Killing Boredom You Could Be Killing Creativity

    Boredom gets a bad name these days. For a child to say, “I’m bored” is often seen as a symptom of poor planning, as opposed to being viewed as natural occurrence. Instead of embracing boredom as…

    Graphic of a brain with symbols for activities such as home, share, computer, shopping, etc.
    April 8, 2015
    Overplugged: Can a Mental Food Plate Give Us Better Perspective?

    The food plate offers us a simple yet powerful visual to conceive of our daily consumption. Instead of viewing every dietary action by itself, we are thinking of each food item as part of a whole. The…

    Now famous photo of guy texting while a whale swims by. Photo by Eric J Smith.
    April 6, 2015
    Is Your Family Overplugged? Time for Tech Balance

    [caption id="attachment_51513" align="alignnone" width="508"] You've probably seen this photo of a man sitting on a sailboat while a whale swims dangerously close.[/caption] The man, oblivious to the…

    young girl with fairy wings flying aginst blue sky with cirrus clouds
    January 28, 2015
    How Boredom Builds Brains … and Screens Can Drain Brains!

    A rhythm of consistency and predictability in everyday life supports a young child's healthiest brain development. For one thing, it fosters their most robust capacity for self-regulation -- a fundame…