CHICAGO, IL (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
A recent study shows that Internet addiction is powered by genetics (http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/german-researchers-find-possible-internet-addiction-gene/2012/08/31/681f1724-f37a-11e1-b74c-84ed55e0300b_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines_nonlocal). Eitan Schwarz, MD, also known as Dr. S, the expert Chicago child & adolescent psychiatrist, Northwestern University medical school faculty member, and inventor of ZillyDilly, responds, "The study needs replication. Nevertheless, genetic determinism is not an excuse for neglecting children's media consumption. In fact it is a powerful reason to bring strong environmental counter- forces beginning early in life at home to establish good habits."
Chicago startup MyDigitalFamily announces several time-saving new features to give educators and parents even more control and convenience in managing online iPad use and establishing good media consumption habits. Free ZillyDilly for iPad is a curated sandboxed parenting and teaching tool that safely opens up the richness of the online world to children.
The world's first media manager for educators and parents of preschoolers through high-schoolers, ZillyDilly can now instantly age-customize healthy websites, time the child's visits, keep the child on task, and extend caregiver reach wherever the child takes the iPad - home, school, or anywhere else.
Dr. S adds, "As a child psychiatrist, I urge parents to leverage home court advantage and seriously manage kids' online lives. Currently, the Internet is not a safe toy unless you make it so! It an be a wonderful resource for family bonding with a little effort. Anticipating the future, be careful with crib robots (http://mydigitalfamily.org/?p=3099)!"
"We re-align technology to better serve kids' psychological needs and replace their random and chaotic media consumption with a healthy media diet," according to Dr. S, who has been learning from the many hundreds at homes and schools that are now making ZillyDilly part of their daily lives. New features include:
Dr. S states, "No need to avoid browsing on the iPad. ZillyDilly tailors the Internet for each child with the kind of curated choices and diversity that no other app can. Exploring online riches with kids is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy play and stimulate their emotional and intellectual growth, while at the same time getting to know them better and cementing your bonds."