CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

We All Have a Little Internet Zombie in Us

Kids Need Good Teachers to Learn Healthy Online Habits—Parents Included

You can’t protect children from smartphones—but you can teach them how to use them in healthy ways, in part by modeling good behavior yourself, said panelists at a Zócalo/UCLA event at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, “Is the Internet Turning Our Kids Into Zombies?” The panelists—UCLA Children’s Digital Media Center researcher Yalda Uhls, High Tech Los Angeles principal Marsha Rybin, and RAND educational policy researcher Lindsay Daugherty—dispensed advice and wrestled with how to strike a balance between preparing young people for a technological world while limiting technological overuse that can lead to addiction and anti-social behavior. Uhls, author of the new book Media Moms & Digital Dads, noted that adult fears about the effects of technology on children are an old phenomenon. In the 1800s, adults worried about kids’ consumption of a popular new media: popular fiction. “Today, I …