Using smartphones even in the presence of our children may be smarter than we think, or at least not the "OMG PANIC" we have been led to believe. A recent study concluded that "smartphones play multiple roles in family life, and when not heavily impacting on family time, may have a positive role in parenting." In other words, play that game or send that text. Your kid's gonna be okay. (Also mentioned: Our recent discussion on childproofing for big kids.)
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