How do we achieve maximal mental focus in an overly wired and wireless world? I explore how to prune one’s digital life, getting it down to those technologies that truly help you.Read More
I recently worked with my teen daughter to set up a fair consequence around one of her screen time rules. I also include several examples of consequences from other parents.Read More
New survey reports that 9/10 teens think they spend too much time online. See what teens are doing to curb their constant screen-time urges.Read More
I have heard from parents all over the country about their concerns that Fortnite will consume their kids’ time this summer. I recently interviewed a former gaming addict about his advice for parents around Fortnite and game addiction.Read More
Do our kids think we are good screen time role models? When I ask audiences of students if they think their parents are on their devices too much, generally two-thirds of the kids raise their hands. I have some tips to help you work on better modeling.Read More
Shopping has never been easier. Deals inundate inboxes and social media feeds. This temptation is hard to resist, especially if your self-control muscles are still developing like they are in our kids’ brains.Read More
As summer break nears its final days and I see the fall frenzy of school-and-everything-else schedules coming my way, I am preparing for the transition. Amidst considerations around supplies, extracurriculars, transportation, and meals is of course…managing screen time.Read More
Tech Talk Tuesday #20
Do you multitask?
Check your phone while driving? 56% of parents say they do. Check your device during conversations with your family? 77% of parents say their teens do and 41% of teens say their parents do. Listen to music while doing homework? Browse online and text friends while watching tv? Check and respond on multiple screens and devices at once?Read More
Tech Talk Tuesday #6
What is something that each person your family feels out of control with?
I used to think the ability to have self-control was determined at birth. While making Screenagers I learned that there are a variety of strategies parents can use to improve self-control. There are studies in which parents are trained to help their kids gain self-control, and researchers are able to measure actual improvement. A key way to teach kids self-control around tech time is to set up clear guidelines: State times the child should not be on their device and then give incentives for adhering to them. Their newly learned ability to self-regulate then flows over to other areas where will-power is needed.Read More