The role of digital technology (i.e., computers, the Internet, video games, smart phones, etc.) in the lives of children has been increasing over the last century at an astonishing rate. When we think about previous generations and the role of radio, film, and television, it is clear that this phenomenon is not new. However, the evolution of digital media since the introduction of the personal computer in the late 1970s has been extraordinary and continues at a historical pace. Many parents are only partially aware of the kinds of digital media that are being used by their children. […]
Why is it that so many emerging teens seem to be driven to provoke and sustain conflict with their parents?
The good news is that there are some very logical and important reasons for this apparent increase in strife. (Yes, it is really happening.) The bad news is that these very reasons make increased conflict in adolescence pretty much unavoidable.