Policies, laws, rules—who makes them? Who follows them? Who agrees or disagrees with them? And, how can each of us get involved in making them? These are critically essential questions to bring up with youth. And watch my 1-minute video of France’s new cellphone ban in schools.Read More
I hear from parents regularly about their frustrations that although they set limits around their phones and game consoles when it’s time to do homework, they then have found out that the child/teen simply resumes their social media interactions and gaming on their homework device, i.e. tablets, laptops or desktops.Read More
In a world where parents can't always agree on what's best (let alone couples who are divorced or separated), an unwavering joint effort can be harder than it sounds. Thankfully, there are a few methods that can make calm compromise more likely.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
Happy New Year! I thought this would be a good time to revisit your plans to limit screen time this year and reduce struggles in your house. I’ve got a 3 part plan.Read More
Saying no and being able to tolerate the myriad of emotions that result, such as guilt, self-doubt, and sadness is challenging for many people. I have tips to help.Read More
Last year Snapchat introduced Snap Map, a cartoon-looking map with Bitmojis of users positioned at their real-life locations. Did you know that It goes one step further than just showing where the kid is, it also can virtually show what they are actually doing?Read More
Are you failing with screen rules? You are not alone. I have several suggestions to help you get back on track.Read More
Parents share their summertime screen rules. What’s working, what’s not working. Parents helping parents.Read More
Summer break is a time for youth to breathe and explore their interests beyond school, but so often downtime becomes screen time. Summer’s wide open time spans can heighten battles over technology use. I have tips to help manage screen time.Read More
As this school year winds down, we are hearing from teachers, parents and principals from all over the country about how many have already or are in the process of changing their school’s cell phone policies.Read More
Today, the Screenagers’ team and I are officially launching a website-based initiative to promote middle schools to adopt policies where phones are put away for the day in places like lockers.Read More
When a family with 4 kids take all screen time limits away for the weekend, it becomes clear how important limit setting is. Making and enforcing rules around tech time can be taxing, but for most, it is essential.Read More
Do your kids know digital etiquette? Today I share some of my family rules and 3 tips to help your kids build good digital manners.Read More
Homework Hygiene is a term I coined and is about helping kids develop effective practices around homework such as writing to-do lists, developing the habit of prioritizing the list and checking things off.Read More
Families today are busy. Often everyone is running in different directions, and texting each other under the same roof is becoming the new normal. This disconnect in personal touch is troublesome. To keep our sanity, and our face-to-face conversations alive, my family follows four rules...Read More
The season of spring break is upon us. With it comes the issue of what to do with your unstructured days. Let’s face it, so often down time has become screen time.Read More
Tech Talk Tuesday #38
What are your rules when it comes to your kid's screen use?
This week the American Academy of Pediatrics released new recommendations on screen time.
They now recommend that children younger than 18 months “avoid digital media use (except video-chatting),” but kids 18 months and older can use digital media. They also say that children 2 to 5 years should limit their time to one hour a day and for youth 5 years and older they now don't really have a recommended cap on screen time.
Tech Talk Tuesday #32
What is a phone's role at school?
My daughter is in 9th grade in a junior high, and my son in the high school, and it seems every year they, and I, are not entirely clear on the rules at school around cellphones. Tessa tells me that one teacher has a zero tolerance policy. On the first day he told them that if he catches them with a phone, he will put it on his desk—In this first week, he has not confiscated one during her class. Another “more chill” (in Tessa’s words) teacher says if you finish your work you can be on your phone. He added that there are “appropriate times to be on your phone and non-appropriate times.” I’m eager to have a Tech Talk Tuesday tonight with my kids about how this is all working...the different rules, their desire to check their phones versus their need to pay attention, etc.Read More