All stories written by Angela Ambrose and first published in MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-Age Kids) award-winning magazine (www.maskmatters.org). Angela is the feature writer for MASK. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.

Digital Evolution

Remember the old days, when there was only one wired phone for the entire family, and it was bolted to the kitchen wall. When kids wanted privacy, they had to stretch the tangled, curly phone cord to the far end of
the room to prevent parents from eavesdropping on their conversations. Today many school-age kids have their own personal cell phone. With smartphones gaining popularity, the Internet can now fit in their 
back pockets, giving them instant... 

Hit the Switch: How turning off the TV can transform kids' lives

Reducing the amount of time kids spend watching television or playing video games can decrease obesity, aggression and substance abuse while improving school performance, says Kristine Paulsen, media educational consultant in Bark River, Mich. “There’s real power when you can get an entire school to support decreased media,” says Paulsen, creator of the Take the Challenge · Take Charge...

Cell Phones and Driving: Live to Tell

Jacy Good will never forget her college graduation. On May 18, 2008, her family gathered in Allentown, Penn., to attend the ceremony. “It was such a wonderful morning with all of us together,” Jacy recalls. Although the day was overcast with a steady drizzle, nothing could dampen Jacy’s spirits. She was excited about what the future held for her. She had just graduated at the top of her class with her long-time boyfriend by her side, and she...

Digital Downtime: What's in Your
De-Stress Toolbox?

The constant vibrating and ringing of your smartphone may be stressing you out, according to research presented at this year’s British Psychological Society meeting in Chester, England. The study showed a relationship between people’s stress levels and the number of times they check their phones for personal messages and social networking updates. “You’re being constantly stimulated, and anyone... 

Digital Distractions