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
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
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
Parents share their summertime screen rules. What’s working, what’s not working. Parents helping parents.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 sneak and lie about tech time? Today we explore why kids lie and offer tips to manage this dishonesty.
What if all pediatricians in the country have signs in the waiting room that said something like the following: "For children’s development, having times off screens is important. This doctor’s office is a ‘screen-free zone’ for kids."Read More
We recently conducted a small survey of people from our Screenagers email list. From the responses I have come up with 4 rules that I think households should strongly consider implementing.Read More
When my daughter Tessa, who is in Screenagers, saw the completed film, I was shocked by one of her first reactions. She said, ”I didn't realize so many other kids are dealing with all this rule stuff like we are." Of course, she had been with me over the years as I was making the film, and yet somehow, she did not know how common it is for families to struggle with setting limits. She went on to tell me how rarely any of her friends talked about their rules around 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 #14
How do you enforce your rules on your children's friends?
If you’ve tuned into Tech Talk Tuesday before, you might already know that in my family, we have decided that the car is a “screens-off” space for all of us. It works great when it’s just us in the car. We talk, we catch up, we sit quietly.Read More