How to educate children on technology

Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post, discusses how parents should teach children about technology and how to balance media with social interaction.
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How to educate children on technology

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Our relationship with technology is becoming more and more addictive and more and more dangerous. Even though technology has been absolutely wonderful in terms of everything it has given us and the way it has democratized communication and connected us with each other, the hyperconnectivity to technology is becoming truly pathological for many people. At the Huffington Post we launched a dedicated section called Screen Sense, helping parents navigate their children’s relationship to screens. Because we’ve all seen children that are having a hard time communicating with others and are much more comfortable texting or being buried in their smart phones. And increasingly pediatricians are recommending that we don’t given screens to very young children. Not before they learn to communicate with each other and connect with themselves too. So I feel it’s critical to educate our children, to have boundaries around technology. I mean, we’ve had a long-term boundary around no devices at dinner for example. And to make sure that our children have a lot of other ways to interact with each other and with the world.

Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post, discusses how parents should teach children about technology and how to balance media with social interaction.

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Arianna Huffington

President and Editor In Chief, Huffington Post Media Group

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

She serves on several boards, including HuffPost’s partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA; Onex; The Center for Public Integrity; and The Committee to Protect Journalists.

Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 in the New York Times Bestseller list.

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