A Medical Dispatch for Well Beings

AI Should Be Treated as a Power Tool

Parenting in the age of AI is a new frontier, but the truth is, AI is nothing new. If we reframe our understanding of it as any other power tool we need to teach our kids how to use — for example, teaching them to drive a car — we can create a healthier space in which to learn how to positively use this generative technology in the classroom and beyond. Pediatrician Dr. Sarah Greene explores how to confront AI and back-to-school with the founder and co-director of Boston Children’s Digital Wellness Lab, Dr. Michael Rich.

A Social Summer Can Help Kids Stay Active, Academically Engaged, and Feeling Positive

Our Silicon Valley pediatrician Dr. Erika Drazan on why being social in the summer is essential for a child’s development.

Resources for Better Sleep, Reading Help, and Staying Human

Private Medical’s pediatricians weigh in on the future of tech for our developing kids.

Good Cognitive Nutrition Starts Young

If kids aren’t ready for the technology they’re accessing, what do we do as parents? This is the question we asked at our November event with Common Sense Media, an outlet that provides age-based media ratings for everything kids might consume online. Editor in Chief Jill Murphy and Vice President of Outreach and National Partnerships Merve Lapus discussed how parents can be more than just rule-makers, but effective guides in raising their kids to be as kind and conscientious online as they want them to be offline. Read on for a recap of their conversation.

The Building Blocks for Connection

In his more than 20 years as a pediatrician, Dr. Kellen Glinder has seen kids’ behaviors change with the rise of smartphones and tablets. These devices that reward kids for avoiding boredom and difficult situations also inhibit interpersonal connection. In his new book, Teaching Kids to Pause, Cope, and Connect , coauthored with Dr. Mark Purcell, he offers strategies for social emotional learning – and recommends starting with these lessons young. Here, he details how technology affects kids’ moods, and shares a worksheet from the book that helps younger kids with body awareness and checking in with their emotions.

Can Technology Cause Early Puberty?

Dr. Hela Barhoush takes a look at new research on the connection between blue light and puberty in pre-adolescent children.

Vaccines for Kids Under 5

At last, a COVID vaccine for children less than 5 years of age is on the horizon. Over the past few weeks both Pfizer and Moderna have released preliminary data that supports a safe and effective vaccine for this age group, starting at 6 months old. Dr. Hela Barhoush details what we know so far.

Get Smart on Green Exercise

Whether it’s something you intuitively do, or something you consciously schedule, exercising outdoors has many benefits. Dr. Erika Drazan explores the well-studied mental, emotional, and physical advantages of moving in nature.

Vaccinating Our Children

Dr. Erika Drazan on the long-awaited pediatric COVID vaccine.

What Does Longevity Mean for Child Health?

Dr. Kellen Glinder on balancing the freedom of childhood with the long-term goals of raising a healthy child.