WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

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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Age, temperament, and developmental level will serve as proper guidelines for individual children, he said. Data shows that violent video games won't make most teenage children violent, but a small percentage of them who have aggressive tendencies might act out after playing a game that fuels aggression. That's why parents need to understand there isn't a one-guideline-fits-all way of approaching the use of electronic devices, he said. As children age and take on more responsibilities, their screen time should parallel their maturity, Dr. Beresin advised. If they do their chores and get good grades, then they probably understand their devices are only a temporary diversion and won't need strict guidelines. But that doesn't mean parents should avoid monitoring usage. No matter the household policy on quantity, the oversight of quality is still vital, he said. "Know your child, and know what your child is doing," he said. "Surveys show most kids don't know the content of online videos they're watching." Parents have to assess the content of entertainment and know what children are reading and sending in messaging apps, he said. iPhones Bring Responsibilities But Also Rules Another Wellesley mother has two distinct challenges in her role as A N D R E Y P O P O V / 1 2 3 R F . C O M 156 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7 family matters "their devices are only a temporary diversion"

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