I am impressed by the number of tweens and teens who tell me they feel bad about spending a lot of time on screens. These young people say things like "I hate that I wasted the day away."Read More
People often ask whether reading on an e-reader counts as screen time. In today’s TTT I explore this from all sides.Read More
Last week I wrote about how to reset rules for summer. Here are some rules that people have generously posted on Facebook in response to this question we posted last week: “What are the summer screen time rules in your house?”Read More
Summer’s wide open time spans can heighten battles over technology use. This is the perfect time to revisit your family rules and see what’s working and what’s not and come up with summer guidelines.Read More
We have 11 podcast episodes we recommend that will engage you and your family this summer while on long car rides, lazy days, hikes and runs and more. We hope these audio discoveries will spark discussion, debate, and action at times.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
Not only do jobs help prevent screen time overload during the summer, they can have many upsides.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
Tech Talk Tuesday #23
If you were to unplug for a week how do you think that would make you feel?
This summer there are many opportunities for kids to be plugged in, but also many are getting the unique experience of unplugging because they are going to away to camps or in day camps that don't allow devices. There was a study done out of UCLA that shows that children who spend even 5 days without their devices, in tech-free camps, have restoration of the capacity for empathy.Read More
Tech Talk Tuesday #11
Do you unplug while on vacation?
Throughout the country spring break has just finally come to a close. But, summer vacation is coming up. What will that mean for screen time in your life? I have some rules to help my family manage screen time while on vacation. We set times that we are all going to check in otherwise we try to disconnect.
I was recently in remote areas of Mexico with my family and it was both healing and at times distressing to be without cell service or a computer connection most of the time. I managed by setting expectations with the people I work with about when I would be able to check in and when I would be totally unavailable.Read More