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On this week's episode: Why you should never buy your kid a smartphone (or, at the very least, delay the inevitable for as long as possible).
Deep down, every parent has the same regret: I wish my child spent way less time staring at a phone and more time soaking up the world around them. A new book offers plenty of helpful tips on how to accomplish that: Childhood Unplugged: Practical Advice to Get Kids Off Screens and Find Balance.
Author Katherine Martinko is our guest on this week's podcast. She talks about what motivated her to write the book — and why her own son, now 14, still isn't allowed to own a cell phone.
Spoiler alert: her son is doing just fine without one. He is well-adjusted, safe, and has plenty of real friends.
Hosted by Scott Sexsmith and Michael Friscolanti, the Editor-in-Chief of Village Media, Inside the Village is a news and current affairs podcast that provides a weekly window into some of the best local journalism from across our chain of Ontario newsrooms. Produced by Derek Turner, the program also explores bigger-picture issues that impact people across the province.
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