Media Autism Spectrum How can I best use media with children on the autism spectrum? - Q: I’m a Social Worker who works with children ages 7-18 on the autism spectrum. Many of the kids that I work with interpret what they see in TV and movies as representative of real life situations and how people behave – unfortunately, this kind of rigid, literal thinking often leads to problems in their... Read more »

Minecraft ADHD Is it ok for my 8-year-old child, who has ADHD, to play Minecraft? - Q: My 8-year-old son has ADHD and is on medication for it. He wants to play the video game, Minecraft, but I’m not sure if he should. Do you think it is ok for him to play, and if so, for how long? ~ Muddled about Minecraft, The Overworld, Earth A: Dear Muddled, Yes, your son... Read more »
Bound Gagged Images AtM I found images of cartoons and adults bound and gagged on my 12-year-old son’s phone – what should I do? - Q: About 9 months ago, I came into my 12-year-old son’s room and found him acting odd, as though he was hiding something. So I checked under the cover of his bed where he was sitting, and found his younger sister’s Tinker Bell plushy. He had tied the doll’s arms and legs together and put... Read more »
Media Forbidden Fruit How can I avoid making media into a “forbidden fruit” for my kids? - Q: I was able to attend a community presentation you gave about children and screen time. During your talk, you discouraged parents from setting screen time limits because doing so makes media into “forbidden fruit”, or increasingly tempting for kids. In my house, we often take away TV or iPad time from our kids (ages... Read more »
Baby Skype Is it dangerous to have my 3-month-old Skype with his grandparents? - Q: I’d like my parents to be able to see and start talking to my three-month-old son via Skype on my smartphone. I’m concerned about how the video emitted from the screen will affect his brain development and his eyes. Any advice will be helpful! ~ Nana Skype, New York, NY A: Dear Nana, This... Read more »