Impact Technology and Media has on Families

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By: Olivia Michniak, Nora McKinnon, Rachel Friedl, & Grace Butler


Technology and media has had positive and negative affects on families over the years. There are many pros and cons to families having access to technology.


"The impact of social media is a powerful one. Most often technology can bring forth negative interaction, or zero interaction between siblings, couples, or parent-child. It starves the family of learning and modeling with each other social cues, interpersonal relationship skills, communication skills, and bonding...
Alternatively, technology can be used to keep families connected. It can help members keep track of schedules, location, and a sense of security between members that parents and/or children can be reached immediately if needed" (Ekern 1).


TED Talk - Why Our Screens Make us Less Happy

Adam Alter

Adam's TED talk discusses what our devices are doing to us and the amount of time people spend in front of their screens. He believes people are not enjoying our beautiful Earth enough and are not taking care of themselves, and instead are stuck on their phones.

Adam is a Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business and the Robert Stansky Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellow, with an affiliated appointment in the New York University Psychology Department.


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Technology Tail, by Julia Cook

"This book delivers a timeless message to a new generation just learning how to navigate the fast-changing digital age.
Written for children ages 6-11, this storybook uses rhymes and colorful illustrations to grab their attention. There are also tips for parents and teachers who want to reinforce kindness and respect in a high-tech world and teach children, pre-teens, and tweens about cyberbullying."

But, It’s Just a Game, by Julia Cook

"Meet Jasper! A young boy who is totally absorbed with playing video games "With my game controller in my hands, I'm the boss of my whole world! I can be who I want and do as I please. I can get the highest score. I get all the chances that I need. If I make a mistake it's ok. Everyone thinks I'm 'it on a stick!' And the bad stuff all goes away"

Chicken Clicking, by Jeanne Willis

"One night Chick hops onto the farmer's house and has a browse on his computer - CLICK - soon she's shopping online for the whole farm! But when she arranges to meet up with a friend she's made online, she discovers all is not as it seems...

Little Red Riding Hood for the iPad generation, this is the perfect book for teaching children how to stay safe online."

If You Give A Mouse An IPhone, by Ann Droyd

"If you give in to temptation and give a bored little mouse your iPhone, even for ten minutes, he’s probably going to beam to some faraway place beyond time, space, and the sound of your pleading voice. And if he’s that far gone, he won’t have any idea what’s going on around him, and he might end up missing out on all the real fun."

Grandma’s In the Phone, by Shelby Hoefling

"Read along and have fun with Grandma and Mac now that... Grandma's in the Phone!
Learn how to bring quality conversations and interactions to video chat conversations between grandchildren and their Grandmas just like Mac and Grandma."


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There are moments of opportunity for families; moments they need to put technology away. These include: no phones or texting during meals. No phones or texting when parents pick up children at school – a child is looking to make eye contact with a parent”

Sherry Turkle

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Works Cited

Ekern, J. (2020, November 24). Impact of social media addiction in families. Retrieved        from