WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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living with kids relationships parenting life lessons family matters emotional growth Always Connected L I S A L E S L I E H E N D E R S O N writer teenage years growing up while strolling along the bank of the Vltava River in Central Prague, you cannot help but come across three enormous sculptures of crawling babies designed ˇ by Czech artist David Cerný. These gentle yet massive figures evoke feelings of parental bliss (especially if you happen to be there on vacation without children), until you glance upon their faces. In the place of round eyes, a turned-up nose, a sweet smile, and perhaps a dimple or two, there is a large, sterile-looking computer chip. The shock challenges you to consider the impact of ever-present technology on our children's lives right then and there, and for some time after. ˇ Cerný is not alone in contemplating the impact of this hyper-connection; parents of the same question. So are businesses, think tanks, educators, neurologists, and policy makers, among others. It is still early in the We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 hyper-connected research game, but already it seems clear that "always being connected" has consequences; we are just not sure of what they are yet. Here's what we do know: kids of all ages are spending a growing portion of their waking hours engaged with technology. A sampling of related statistics reveals that 90 percent of children under the age of two use some form of electronic media. Children between the ages of 8 162 PETER BAKER toddlers to teens all over the world are asking

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