The Darker Side Of Screen Time

Emotional outbursts. Lost sleep. These are signs that your kids are spending too much time with digital devices. Here’s what you can do about it.

1. Pay attention to your children’s emotional relationship with screens, not just how much time they are spending with them.

The Problematic Media Use Measure is a questionnaire you can use to help determine if your school-age child has a problem with screens. It asks about issues such as preoccupation (“Screens are all my child seems to think about”) and deception (“My child sneaks using screens”).

2. Don’t just make technology rules based on time.

Parental controls and posted schedules can be useful, but they don’t work without getting buy-in from your kids. That takes talking — and listening.

Full story at npr.org

What The Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids

Parents today struggle to set screen time guidelines.

One big reason is a lack of role models. Grandma doesn’t have any tried-and-true sayings about iPad time. This stuff is just too new.

But, many experts on kids and media are also parents themselves. So when I was interviewing dozens of them for my book The Art of Screen Time, I asked them how they made screen time rules at home.

None of them held themselves up as paragons, but it was interesting to see how the priorities they focused on in their own research corresponded with the priorities they set at home.

Full story at NPR