Ultimately, what both researchers and parents are finding out is that the promise of mobile devices for our youth is increasingly laden with many more risks than benefits. It is something that the marketers desire to hide, as they continue to advertise the way in which it allows people of all ages to evolve in a majestic, sensational way. The problem is that their ads leave out the ways in which it appears our humanness is devolving thanks to the vast, pervasive mobile network of today.
For more specific advice regarding youth and media/technology, see my Just Thinking site.
Jim Schroederis a pediatric psychologist at St. Mary’s Center for Children in Evansville, Indiana. He also writes a monthly column titled "Just Thinking" (www.stmarys.org/articles) designed to inform, educate, and motivate parents and providers in applying pertinent research in meaningful, practical ways.He is the author of Into the Rising Sunand 40 Days of Hopeful Prayer.