I’m always a bit reluctant to play a blame game, because it’s often more complicated than that. But in the meantime, this is a good text that makes you think as a parent.
It reminds me of the first law of Melvin Kranzberg: Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.
Anya Kamenetz is an NPR education reporter and the author of “The Art of Screen Time.”
This appeared as op-ed in the New York Times, June 5, 2019
Parents this year were introduced to a goblin for the digital era: Momo, a bird-woman with an eerie grin who commanded the children who watched her videos on YouTube to harm themselves. The story turned out to be essentially a hoax, but it went viral in the first place because it seemed to validate a widely held belief: Our kids are in danger because of threats associated with the dark corners of social media and risk of addiction to phones and tablets.
The annual American Family Survey found last fall that “overuse of technology” had risen to the top of the list of concerns for parents of teenagers, above drugs, sexual activity and mental health. Viral headlines like “Have Smartphones…
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