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August is a tough month sometimes! Now, don’t get me wrong, there is a lot I like about August — summer is still hanging on, we get to squeeze in maybe one more little vacation before school starts, and I get to celebrate my birthday. But in the back of my mind, I know that school is just around the corner, and with it comes the hustle and bustle of another school year. In our home, the ramp up of practices for fall sports and activities like marching band, soccer, and flag football will begin in earnest. I hope that as your summer is starting to wind down and the calendar starts to transition to the fall that you take advantage of the time. Don’t be hesitant to take one more little trip or make one more memory with your family and friends. For example, this summer, our family took some one-day excursions to places like La Jolla and Ventura and had a lot of fun.
HOWTO BALANCE TECHNOLOGY USE INYOUR FAMILY M anage Y our D evices ; D on ’ t L et T hem M anage Y ou
Anxiety, concern, conflict — parents and teens agree that digital devices are a source of all three of these, according to a study from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The comprehensive study compared digital device usage in the United States and Japan and how they have an impact on family relationships in both countries. “The patterns of daily life have been forever altered by the ubiquity of digital devices,” says Willow Bay, co-author of the study and dean of USC Annenberg College. “Clearly, our always-on media environment is presenting challenges.” So why do we still have these devices on us at all times, and how can we use them more responsibly? USC Annenberg’s study demonstrates that technology isn’t going away any time soon, and learning how to manage its usage is critical. Here are some tips that both parents and teens can learn from. The study gave interesting insight into how we perceive our kids’ technology usage and how they perceive ours. It found that most parents think their teens are addicted to their mobile devices. Most parents also felt addicted themselves. Their teens are aware of this — 1 in 3 teens also believes their parents are addicted. Your kids learn from how you spend your time. As the parent, you are the No. 1 example your child has for any behavior. If they see you looking at your phone most of the time they’re with you, they’ll likely start to do the same. B e the E xample
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