Back in the Spring, you may have seen the headline in the New York Times, "Coronavirus Ended the Screen-Time Debate. Screens won." When I read that, my heart started racing. I was so upset because that has never been the debate. The debate has always been how do we help our kids have healthier screen time as well as plenty of time off screens. Not only did that headline ignore the real debate, but it also implied that parents should just throw up their arms and accept complete screen time saturation. That is absolutely the wrong message we want to get to parents.
Yes, with COVID, there has been a LOT of screen time — and that makes sense. Thank goodness our tech revolution has allowed some socializing to continue and school to still happen — (albeit significantly modified and suboptimal). Those are just some of the many positives that our tech revolution has made possible during this devastating pandemic. Yet, that said, there are still the many complexities of working to raise our kids to be tech-wise and screen balanced.
I am jazzed today to share with you the top 10 blog posts of this past year. I've continued to love getting emails from so many of you telling me how these have helped you, sharing with me your experiences and insights, and at times hearing your opposing ideas. All of it makes writing this blog that much more of a rich and rewarding experience.
2020 was particularly exciting with the launch of the Screenagers Podcast
And we even just released one this week: Tips From A Therapist Of Teens With Problematic Tech Use. Listen in!
2020 has also seen the release of my new book, Parenting in the Screen Age, and with it, people organizing new types of book clubs, called Chapter Clubs. January 6th at 6 pm, I will be hosting an online Chapter Club event about parenting around video games (chapter 2), and here is information on that.
My heart is filled with gratitude as I thank all of you for continuing to be with me on this journey to help all young people live safe, meaningful, and enriching lives. My main Screenagers partner Lisa Tabb and everyone else on our Screenagers’ team, thanks you as well.
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December 28, 2020
A new year is always a good time to look at our habits and consider goals. Some readers have asked me about my tech habits, and I realize that I have not shared them much. So today, I thought I would write some of my practices and goals for the new year.READ MORE >
I’ve been thrilled to hear that people are starting book clubs around my new book, Parenting in the Screen Age. To support these clubs, we are launching free “Chapter Clubs,” where each month I, and other experts, will guide a conversation around one of the ten chapters from my new book.READ MORE >
for more like this, DR. DELANEY RUSTON'S NEW BOOK, PARENTING IN THE SCREEN AGE, IS THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE FOR TODAY’S PARENTS. WITH INSIGHTS ON SCREEN TIME FROM RESEARCHERS, INPUT FROM KIDS & TEENS, THIS BOOK IS PACKED WITH SOLUTIONS FOR HOW TO START AND SUSTAIN PRODUCTIVE FAMILY TALKS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND IT’S IMPACT ON OUR MENTAL WELLBEING.