Tech's Effects on the Family

Are smartphones, tablets and video games driving your family apart? Find out how technology effects the family and how to use technology to bring your family closer together.


Although many think of 'smartphone addiction' as a young person's problem, seniors can get in trouble too. Just for different reasons.

Video footage of crimes is getting more common. And a new study shows video speed has a bigger impact on judgment (and criminals' punishments) than we've given it credit.

We all know we’re being yelled at when we get a text using all capital letters in an email. Did that start with the invention of the internet? Or is it something older?

A Minnesota entrepreneur is planning to manufacture and market what might be the ultimate in concealed weapons — a small pistol designed to look like a cellphone.

Bad babysitter or good watchdog? (Or both?) Find out why tracking apps and child-monitoring devices can be a boon — and a bane — of modern parenthood.

Are your kids having trouble falling asleep? It might be time to take the computer, the iPad and the cell phone from the bedroom.

Do you geek out over the newest gadgets? What about high-tech gizmos in the bathroom?

What with scheduling visitations and trying to keep in contact, divorced families face their own special challenges. Fortunately, technology is helping in some unique ways.

Just as you would teach your children dinner table etiquette and the law of please and thank you, it's also up to you to teach polite ways of technology.

Between texting, e-mailing, TV, talking on the cell phone and playing video games, does anyone have time to be a family anymore?

We know; it seems impossible to have a moment alone with your child without their cell phone ringing, buzzing or playing the latest annoying jingle. But there are ways to keep your kids off their cell phones. You just have to know what to do.

Everyone's a winner who recognizes video games as more than a hobby; some of them even teach kids valuable life skills, too.

Going off the grid is a huge step for your family -- and even if you're gung-ho about it, your kids might take some convincing. Here are five tips on how to get your kids on board.

There's no question obesity has become a major health threat in the United States, but could technology be a root cause of this widespread problem? Find out why the connection is more complicated than you'd think.

As with everything else, your children will look to you to learn the rules. If they see you engaging in bad tech behavior, they'll be sure to follow.

As more children are using the Internet more often, many are losing social skills that will help them in the real world. Does this include manners?

While much has been said about technology driving families apart, there are some ways that it can actually bring a family closer together.

Family photos have come a long way from the stoic, dressy images of yore. And we have technology to thank for that.

Members of the military used to rely on pen and paper to stay connected to their loved ones, but not anymore. Technology has come a long way!

A lot has been said about technology coming in between families, but there are a lot of positives, too. It could even bring you closer together.

We already eat, breathe and sleep technology. So why not make a few fun family traditions out of it, too? We'll tell you how.