How many hours per week do your boys spend in front of a screen?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children ages 6-10 now spend 6 hours per day using screens as entertainment. That figure doesn’t count time spent learning via screens at school, or videochatting with grandma and grandpa.
In this episode, Jen & Janet discuss:
- Expert recommendations for screen time vs. reality
- Whether or not screen addiction is a “thing”
- Signs that your son might be spending too much time with screens
- How to help boys establish a balance between screentime and other activities
- The upside of screens
Links we mentioned (or should have!) in Episode 106:
Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids – And How to Break the Trance — book by Nicholas Kardaras, PhD
Family Media Use Plan – interactive tool from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (& Survive) In Their Digital World – book by Devorah Heitner
Is Screen Time Really All That Bad? – blog post by Jennifer L.W. Fink
The Link Between Freedom & Video Games – blog post by Jennifer L.W. Fink
Moral Combat: Why the War of Violent Video Games is Wrong — book by Patrick Markey and Christopher Ferguson