Tips for issuing your child their first smartphone

Tips for issuing your child their first smartphone

The most important decision a parent will make is how and when to grant their child access to their own smartphone. It is a common question, which is often answered in an ad hoc way, by what is happening in other families. Usually there is extreme pressure because...
Parents, is your smartphone robbing your child of attention critical to cyber safety?

Parents, is your smartphone robbing your child of attention critical to cyber safety?

(This is a reprint with some edits from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com) A recent article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to put down their smart phones and pay undivided attention to their young children...

A simple truth that empowers youth to be cyber-safe

(This is a reprint from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner article in Examiner.com). A recent article by journalist Samantha Tehran in the Parent Herald features the need for parents to let go of control of their children in their teen years. Referencing news reports...

Teaching youth mindful use of social media: An app for the heart and mind

(This is a reprint from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com) Last Thursday evening, Dr. Susan Landes, Psy.D., MFT, spoke to therapists and counselors about the value of mindfulness for solving problems that inspire mental health issues, at a...

What teens need parents to know about their social media experiences: Loneliness is the new norm

Parents today have plenty of reason to be fearful about the social media landscape our children are navigating. The “internet of everything” virtually guarantees that children at early ages are going to be exposed to people, information and ideas that are not...

Teen addiction to heroin and marijuana is one treatable disease

(This is a reprint from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner at Examiner.com) Jon Daily LCSW, CADC II, is the founder of Recovery Happens, a drug education, counseling and intervention center for the treatment of substance abuse with offices in Fair Oaks, Davis and...