By Jim Roope, CNN
Editor's note: This story is part of the in-depth CNN series, "Our Mobile Society," about how smartphones and tablets have changed the way we live.
(CNN) - Many parents complain that mobile phones, computers and tablets are dividing families. However, some experts are saying these devices actually bring them closer together.
Scott Coltrane, Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon is one of those experts.
[2:00] “One of the best predictors of healthy child outcomes, particularly during adolescence and pre-adolescence is the extent to which parents can know where their children are, check in with them, set some boundaries, and be consistent in the limit setting that they need to do.”
Coltrane said mobile devices help parents and their kids feel better connected to each other.
Steve Ruggles, Director of the Minnesota Population Center and Professor of History and Population Studies at the University of Minnesota, said kids communicate more with their parents today than in generations past.
[4:36] “I communicate a lot more with my kids through electronic media than I ever communicated with my own parents by talking to them. There was a generation gap if you may recall.”
It’s all about how the family embraces this technology and how the parents manage it for their children.
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