Parenting challenges in a high-tech world

Parenting challenges in a high-tech world

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by KGW Staff

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Posted on May 9, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 10 at 9:22 AM

PORTLAND – Nobody said parenting was easy and technology has created even more challenges.

Now, six-year-olds want cell phones, 1st graders are asking about Facebook and new moms are wondering what apps may help their infants advance.

Parents even told KGW that some young children are already buying their own apps on smart phones.

“She can operate my iPhone and my iPad better than I can. If I need something or I want an app downloaded, she does it," said mom, Heidi Root.

Many moms and dads feel all these high-tech gadgets put them in a tough spot and create unchartered territory for parenting.

“You want your children to be able to stay up with all the latest advancements, but yet, you don't want them to be overexposed,” said parent Amy Pellegrin.

Experts said, as with all parenting issues, it’s important to set limits.

"I mean, we are still in charge, so we can set whatever limits we think our children need with those devices," said Ellen Currey-Wilson, an established speaker and writer on parenting challenges.

Authors, app designers, parents and doctors will all weigh-in during a day-long special in every newscast on KGW Monday highlighting these unique parenting challenges of the new millennium.

 

 

 

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