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  • Addressing your screen time struggles with science and understanding.

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Screen Time

We all know that media and technology unleash incredible opportunities for our kids and teens. They can connect, learn, create, take action, and share. We also understand that managing screen time unleashes incredible power struggles and worries: How much screen time is healthy? Is screen time bad for babies? What are the best cell phone rules for kids? What about social media and anxiety?

Media headlines don’t answer these questions very well, often relying on fear-based or tech-euphoric soundbites. You deserve guidance grounded in research so that you can worry less and parent better. Check out the posts below or search our full blog and be in touch with your questions.

  • Teenager looking at his phone with a smile on his face, demonstrating good digital citizenship

    Parenting for Digital Citizenship

    Many parents share your love/hate relationship with technology. This ambivalence makes a lot of sense! If you synthesize the mountain of research on technology's impact on kids it boils down to this: there is a lot of incredible opportunity and a lot of stuff our…

    Parenting for Digital Citizenship
  • Teenager checking their cell phone

    Informed or overwhelmed? The brain on COVID-19 news

    This week marked the first official week of learning at home in the wake of school closures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our family started social distancing efforts last week so I had a little time to mentally prepare for the new reality…

    Informed or overwhelmed? The brain on COVID-19 news
  • Teen reading on digital tablet lying on bed

    Dive, Surf, or Skim? Reading Comprehension in the Digital Age

    Parents and researchers alike have a long history of hand wringing about literacy, reading comprehension, and children, especially as they get older. The migration of reading to digital media has only compounded these fears. Parents frequently comment, “I feel like I haven’t seen my child…

    Dive, Surf, or Skim? Reading Comprehension in the Digital Age
  • Parent and child enjoying reducing screen time

    Why Reducing Screen Time Isn’t Your Best Resolution

    The other day I found myself thinking, "What a time to be alive!" as I watched my oldest child make a series of online slideshows for some of his teachers. He couldn't have been happier to be writing, creating hilarious art, and even adding poetry…

    Why Reducing Screen Time Isn’t Your Best Resolution
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    New Digital Devices? Get Off To The Right Start With a Family Media Plan

    There is no doubt that gaming systems, phones, and tablets are at the top of many children’s wish lists this year. While there are reasons to wait before getting your child their own device, how do we make sure that when the time comes that…

    New Digital Devices? Get Off To The Right Start With a Family Media Plan
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    Parenting in the Digital Age

    It has never been an easy job to be a parent of a young child.  But in our fast-paced and easily distracted digital age the use of handheld devices has become ubiquitous. Smartphone and tablets are often found in your hands, and we worry about…

    Parenting in the Digital Age
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    Persuasive Design and Growing Brains: Why It Can Be So Hard to Unplug

    “I am going to be screen free tonight!” I say to myself with conviction. I am already looking forward to a calm and focused evening. “Anything I need to see on my phone can wait until tomorrow,” I think with confidence. I place my phone on…

    Persuasive Design and Growing Brains: Why It Can Be So Hard to Unplug

“Media and technology are not inherently good or bad, they are powerful. The good or bad depends upon how we use them.”

Dr. Dave Walsh