Families around the world enjoy healthy screen time together in many ways, from Netflix movie nights, learning new skills through how-to videos, composing music on computer software, writing ebooks using editing software, playing the latest video games, mapping out hiking and biking routes, staying in touch through video calls, texting and social media, and more!
Technology has brought many enjoyable moments to our lives and can help us extend and enrich our relationships when used productively and safely. Many parents tell me they spend time connecting with their child doing something they both love through the use of fun and innovative software, apps, hardware, and tech toys, since both parent and child can learn how to use them together and apply new skills to other areas of their lives, such as school and work.
As a screen addiction expert and positive screen use advocate, I work with parents internationally to help them find productive ways that technology can be used by their children, ‘tweens, teens. This is critical because, as we all know, technology can also have its drawbacks.
Video gaming addiction is on the rise, bullying and depression are often related to social media use, and research shows that blue light exposure from screen devices causes sleep problems and disrupts our circadian rhythm. Children are the most vulnerable to the negative impact screens can potentially have if not tempered. So knowing how to protect minds and bodies from screen overuse is critical if we want to keep enjoying technology for years to come without causing a myriad of problems.
There are a few key steps I usually recommend parents take to ensure their child and the whole family will be able to enjoy screen devices for a lifetime. It’s important to ensure they live a well-rounded life that technology enhances but doesn’t take over.
As we head into 2019, be sure you have control over screen time in your family.
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