Kids and the computer screen – where do we draw the line?


“I’m worried about my child’s technology use. Why does my son scream when I try to get him off the computer? Is my daughter honest about her Internet activities? Just how much screen time is too much? What effect is all of this technology having on my child’s learning and behavior?” Pg. 11, Digital Kids: How to Balance Screen Time and Why It Matters by Martin Kutscher


The average 8 year old child spends nearly 10 hours a day on digital media. This makes digital consumption second only to sleep as their leading activity. It’s not news to us that kids are using their digital devices all day, every day. But does this really matter? Many children receive digital devices as gifts but what are the risks of overusing them. Also what can parents do to combat this?

Digital Kids is the first book of its kind to lay out the facts and figures surrounding excessive internet use. Drawing on cutting edge research and expert scientific opinion, Martin Kutscher pinpoints exactly what effect digital addiction is having on our children’s brains and development – and the reasons why we should be worried about it.

Outlining the full range of neurological, psychological and physical implications, from stunted cognitive development and shortening attention spans, to depression, aggression and obesity, Digital Kids highlights the real dangers of too much screen time for the iPad generation.

This book is an eye-opening journey through the ins and outs of cyberspace, offering practical strategies on how to maintain a healthy screen-life balance. The internet, the smartphone and the digital TV are all here to stay, but it’s up to us where we draw the line.


Digital Kids: How to Balance Screen Time and Why It Matters by Martin Kutscher is now available in paperback from Jessica Kingsley Publishers

JKP special education authors present at the “Making a Difference” conference

Judith Canty Graves and Carson Graves, authors of Parents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work: An Insider Guide, gave a presentation at the “Making a Difference” Conference in Marlboro, Massachusetts recently.


“Parents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work” on sale at the “Making a Difference” conference

The conference was organized by the Recruitment, Training, and Support Center of the Federation for Children with Special Needs in Boston, Massachusetts. The RTSC provides services and supports for foster, adoptive, and special education surrogate parents who make educational decisions for children in the care of the Department of Children and Families in Massachusetts. Many of these children have experienced adverse conditions and trauma. The RTSC supports and trains volunteers who can help them.

The Graves had a meaningful experience preparing for this conference. They said, “We learned a lot about children who have had difficult experiences in their lives and how they can act out in school as a result. The Federation asked us to give a presentation, ‘Writing Effective IEP Goals,’ to help children who have behavior problems. Our emphasis in this presentation was to analyze the language in goals and include details about who will help the child in school. We also emphasized the importance of basing an IEP goal on objective data through evaluations, not just on subjective anecdotes and grades. This data is the foundation for writing an effective goal. We also emphasized other parts of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that can help create a stronger goal.” Continue reading