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July 21, 2023
How The Dopamine Pathway Works

Playing video games and surfing the internet results in dopamine being released by the presynaptic neuron into the synapse where it's received by the receptors on the surface of the postsynaptic neuron.  This is the part of the brain that transmits pleasure. It is the same pathway that is present when someone becomes intoxicated with […]

Tze Win

Neuroscience of Screen Time: Dopamine Pleasure Pathways

The brain is the best place to start when thinking about the healthy use of screens.  Both the prefrontal cortex AND dopamine pleasure pathway are important.  Prefrontal cortex This is the part of the brain which helps us handle impulses and urges.  Children’s pre-frontal cortexes are not fully developed. This part of the brain grows […]

Tze Win

Why Things Don't Work: Screen Time Contracts

When raising kids, a lot of parents draw inspiration by thinking back to how their parents raised them and doing things similarly (or completely opposite!)  But with technology, that usual route of comparison disappears. Navigating a new technological terrain calls for new parenting techniques. One option some parents try is called a Screen Time Contract. […]

Jessica O'Brien

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How To Block Adult Websites On iPhone or Android

For better or worse, the internet has revolutionized how we live. Cell phones have gone from a rare, clumsy commodity to a must-have accessory, and everyone, from toddlers to grandparents, has one. However, while everyone can and does know how to use a cell phone, we don’t always want the people using them to access […]

Jack Newenham

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The Impact Of Screen-based Marketing On Kids

Screen-based marketing influences adults. It convinces us to buy things we don't need and piques our interest in topics we don't care about. If screen-based marketing wields such influence on adults, can you imagine its effects on children? Kids' exposure to marketing messages affects their health behaviors and psychological well-being.  Tens of thousands of advertising […]

Sam McDonald

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Keep Kids Safe on ChatGPT: A Comprehensive Parent's Guide

Discover how to keep kids safe on ChatGPT with our comprehensive parent's guide, covering potential risks, parental control apps, and essential safety measures.

Jack Newenham

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April 20, 2023
The Truth Behind Screen Time and Kids' Mental Health

People around the world share a similar concern. Children and adults alike worry that they spend too much time on screens and devices. This may affect their mental health. Often families and friends interact more with their phones than with each other. Could we be "addicted" to screen time? The same study found that 36% […]

Jessica O'Brien

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April 16, 2023
Kids and YouTube. Who's watching who?

Parents don't really understand how the Youtube Platform works. Carrots&Cake listened to the top Screen Time podcasts by TVO & summarized the key takeaways. Carrots&Cake independently created these podcast notes and does not have any affiliation with the Screen Time podcast. Key Individuals: Key Takeaways Intro YouTube for Kids & Adults Josh Golan What should […]

Jack Newenham

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April 13, 2023
Is Among Us Bad: Here’s What You Need to Know About It

What Is Among Us? Among Us is an online multiplayer game rated PEGI 7 that allows a maximum of 10 players to take on the roles of a ‘Crewmate’ or ‘Imposter’. The aim of the game is for the Crewmates to identify the players who are the Imposters in the game. The Imposters in the […]

Jack Newenham

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April 12, 2023
Are Screens Breaking Kids' Brains?

Are screens breaking kids' brains? Let's listen to the screen time experts below and the key takeaways from their discussion. Key Individuals (Screen Time Experts): Key Takeaways about Screens Intro Parenting style and screen time Screen time behavior  Dr. Michael Rich on screens and brain development What Dr. Rich suggests is that in the early […]

Jack Newenham

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