What’s the most effective strategy for managing your kids’ use of technology? In The Atlantic, I map out the three distinct digital parenting styles that I uncovered in two years’ of research into how 10,000 North American parents manage their kids’ online lives. As I show in my story, while preschool parents tend to focus on limiting screen time, and the parents of teens focus on enabling their kids’ tech use, there’s one path that is stable across all age groups: mentoring, which focuses on encouraging and guiding kid online.
I am an independent writer, speaker and researcher, and the author of Work Smarter with Social Media for Harvard Business Review Press. My work focuses on how people and organizations can work smarter and live better online. I am a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor's Passcode, JSTOR Daily and The Harvard Business Review, and I am represented for speaking engagements by the Lavin Agency.