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Remember the 40 hour work week?

Posted: 09/06/10 06:00 AM

Today is Labor Day, our country’s only official celebration of the labor movement and the good people who brought us the 40 hour work week.

But these days, with so many technologies that connect us to our colleagues 24 hours a day and seven days a week, it’s common to receive and reply to e-mails from your boss or a client while you are sitting naked in bed.

by Remy Sharp

Author and journalist Maggie Jackson has been writing about the effect of technology on families, relationships and human mind for more than a decade. She tells us how the greatest gift we can give each other today is simply our undivided attention.

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The Internet: Bringing Families Together

 By Jeff Horwich // Posted: 07/20/10 06:17 PM

We’re just wrapping up tomorrow’s show, about social networking for little kids (and how it might not be as bad a thing as you think). And of course I had to go back and re-watch one of the simultaneously funny and deeply sad viral video hit of recent weeks: the beleaguered Jessi Slaughter & Family. After being mercilessly harassed online, the 11-year-old and her father and mother make the ill-fated decision to make things worse by turning on the webcam again (more background here).

You’ve probably seen it already. If you haven’t, you may wish to follow it with a chaser of the double rainbow guy. (Heads up: Some words go flying in here that make it NSFWoK — not safe for work or kids.)

Jessi’s tale is also a good complement to our forthcoming episode — a chilling example of what can go down when you’re not paying attention to what your kids are up to online. (And for God’s sake, do not try to rectify your child’s Internet troubles by just rolling tape and then posting to YouTube.)

So do we shield our kids from the ‘net until they’re old enough to handle it? Or — as our show guests suggest — can we train them in so they’re more prepared for the Wild Wild Web?

Choose wisely. Or, as I once heard someone say, “Consequences will never be the same.”

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