Tech tips for parents

Initiate “device-free zones,” such as at the dinner table.

Do not allow children to have cellphones until they are in sixth grade. This rule is flexible depending on individual family situations.

Have regular “family movie nights” where parents and children engage in discussions about plots, characters and stories.

Parents must put down tech devices—the highest correlation of technology abuse is from kids whose parents are addicted to their own computers, tablets and phones.

Research content of video games, movies, phone apps, television shows and books to determine if they are age-appropriate (www.commonsense.org).

Read, sing and talk to your children.

Find out about privacy protections at http://coppa.org.

Be aware of your children’s stress levels and take steps to reduce stress.