Monthly Archives: July 2016

What’s the Right Age for a Child to Get a Smartphone?

NOT long ago, many parents wondered at what age they should give their child full access to the car keys. Nowadays, parents face a trickier question: At what age should a child own a smartphone?The smartphone, after all, is the key to unfettered access to the internet and the many benefits and dangers that come with it. But unlike driving a car, which is legal in some states starting at the age of 16, there is no legal guideline for a parent to determine when a child may be ready for a smartphone.The topic is being increasingly debated as children get smartphones at an ever younger age. On average, children are getting their first smartphones around age 10, according to the research firm Influence Central, down from age 12 in 2012. For...

It’s O.K., Liberal Parents, You Can Freak Out About Porn

When you, as a parent, open your child's phone and find porn, it's shocking. You feel alone. You feel you're the only parent in the world dealing with this. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Internet pornography is a serious issue, that, as any other issue facing parents, we must discuss openly. Parents must communicate! New York Times opinion writer Judith Shulevitz has her say: It’s O.K., Liberal Parents, You Can Freak Out About Porn Judith ShulevitzJudith Shulevitz JULY 16, 2016THE draft of the 2016 Republican platform released last week takes such conservative stands on sexual issues it begs to be made fun of. Particularly easy to lampoon is a plank calling pornography a “public-health crisis that is destroying the life of millions.”How, critics ask, can Republicans say they’re concerned about public health when their...