Feb. 21, 2022

106 | Dr. Brian DiGiovanni | Raising Kids In The Age Of Technology


Show Summary:

Every generation thinks that technology is harming their children.  There was a time that we feared comic books, cartoons, MTV, and basic computer games.  Is today any different?  In the age of technology, where screens are everywhere, is there such a thing as too much??  What harm, if any, is technology having on our kids?  To answer these questions and more, we welcome Dr. Brian DiGiovanni to episode 106 of The Fat & Broke Podcast!

Dr. DiGiovanni is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and Hasbro Children's Hospital Pediatrics Residency Program. He has been a pediatrician for almost 20 years, with interests in complex care coordination, sports medicine, school and academic challenges and disabilities, advocacy, and whole child health.

***Bonus*** We sing in this episode!

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Topics Discussed:

  • We sing acapella
  • Kids & technology
  • Screen time
  • Screen addiction
  • Gaming addiction
  • Modeling behaviors
  • Why today’s technology is different
  • Obesity
  • Eye damage
  • Posture
  • Back and neck pain
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Relationships
  • Independence
  • Setting limits
  • Family tracking
  • Blue light

Action Items:

  • Limit screen time to 2 hours or less.
  • Identify unhealthy behaviors in your children as it relates to screens.
  • Encourage activity and movement.
  • Get devices out of the bedrooms.
  • Schedule family mealtime to promote good nutrition.
  • Have open and honest communication with your kids.
  • Set limits and enforce them with respectful behavior.

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Thanks for listening!

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Brian DiGiovanni

MD

Pediatrician for almost 20 years, with interests in complex care coordination, sports medicine, school and academic challenges and disabilities, advocacy, and whole child health.