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Experts: Watch your kids' screen time
Many experts say parents should be vigilant in how their kids use any screen.
September 24th, 2012
04:19 PM ET

Experts: Watch your kids' screen time

By Barbara Hall, CNN

(CNN) – For years, experts have been urging moms and dads to limit the amount of television their kids watch. Most parents will agree that's a difficult task. Now, with the arrival of the mobile age, parents are being told to monitor all screens at all times.

Again, that's easier said than done.

[:49] "You know it can be the only thing that they seem to want to do. And I think that it does take more time and energy to try to get them engaged in something else," says Lauren Sanders, a mother of two.

A lot of TV shows for children can be fun and educational, but they only require passive attention. So what about exposure to more interactive media devices like tablet computers or smart phones?

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The upgrade treadmill
New Yorkers camped out for days to get the iPhone 5.
September 21st, 2012
10:39 AM ET

The upgrade treadmill

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

Editor's note: This story is part of the CNN series, "Our Mobile Society," about how smartphones and tablets have changed the way we live.

(CNN) - The mobile technology evolution has hit a fever pitch in recent years.

It seems every few months, consumers have new or upgraded devices to consider in the marketplace.

In just the last couple of weeks, Apple and Amazon have unveiled their newest and improved gadgets.

And 31-year-old Raymond Fulton can't wait to buy-in:

[:35] "I normally replace every year. I have to. Everything. Sometimes twice a year on the phones."

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How mobile tech affects the family
Ryan and Matthew Porras keep connected to their parents, friends and each other through their mobile devices.
September 10th, 2012
10:03 AM ET

How mobile tech affects the family

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.

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