This information was provided by Dr. Jodi Gold.  Jodi Gold, MD, is the author of SCREEN SMART PARENTING and a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist in New York. 

Every generation of parents has had a new worry never seen
before that they had to learn how to handle.  Today’s parents are facing the digital world and how to keep
tabs on, monitor, and teach their kids about the pitfalls associated with an
online presence.  Dr. Gold gives
some pointers, and also explains why this is a particular distraction with kids
diagnosed with ADHD.

While we can’t isolate and shield our kids totally from
digital technology, parents should be vigilant and help their kids navigate the
world of tech.  After all, schools
are requiring computer use, they must be “fluent” in computer use in higher
education and in virtually any job they will ultimately have, and they are a
part of our daily life.

A frightening statistic is that teens spend an average of 7
hours a day on technology OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL AND HOMEWORK!

Science is concluding that the use of digital technology,
instead of enhancing brain’s ability to multi-task, actually detracts from
efficient learning and task completion in the young, developing brain.  The brain does seem to “switch,” able
to focus on one thing or another (checking Snapchat while doing homework, e.g.),
but not both at the same time. 
Multi-tasking leads to a “tired” brain, and retention is impacted. 

However, this is certainly a part of all our lives and our
children are not immune.  While we
can’t isolate and shield our kids totally from digital technology, parents
should be vigilant and help their kids navigate the world of tech.  After all, schools are requiring
computer use, they must be “fluent” in computer use in higher education and in
virtually any job they will ultimately have, and they are a part of our daily
life.