My Child Spends Too Much Time On the Computer

April 2, 2009 by  
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Dear Dr. Vicki: My daughter and all of her friends spend hours chatting/blogging on the computer and she doesn’t spend any time with me. That is all we argue about. She feels I am always harassing her about it. I HATE computers. How can I change me/it? What’s a reasonable amount of time to be on the computer? I’ve been told it’s the “teenagers” way of communicating?????... 

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Is that Your Cell Blinging?

January 5, 2009 by  
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Time was when phones were considered one step above two Dixie cups and string. Not anymore. “Children are getting (cell phones) at younger and younger ages,” noted licensed psychologist Dr. Vicki Panaccione. “And they’re using them as toys. They use them as cameras. And text-messaging is the new way to pass notes in class.” Accessorizing phones has become a big deal, according to Panaccione,... 

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