Screen time is modern parent’s lingo for how much time a kid spends looking at a screen, be it tv, computer, ipad, ipod or any other screened device. It’s a topic of consideration and conversation for parents, teachers and parenting experts; How much is too much? What is it doing to a child’s brain? Family life? Social skills? Eyes? Posture?
- On Monday Kim Thompson published a thoughtful piece on screen time titled The Great Screen-Time Tug-of-War.
- Kim points to the very interesting (and at times heart wrenching) piece in the New York TimesMy Kids Are Obsessed With Technology, and It’s All My Fault.
- Positive and negative aspects of screen time are discussed on Mashable in Kids & Technology: The Developmental Health Debate.
- Here are the Canadian Sedentary Guidelines (pdf) (according to The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology) which outlines the current recommendations according to age group.
- Media Use for Children Under the Age of 2 Years – the recommendations from the American Academy of Paediatrics is very similar.
- 5 Reasons My Family Is Doing Screen-Free Week on Commonsense Media: “In 2013, screens are such a constant presence in our lives that sometimes it’s hard to remember what we’re missing by being so attached to devices and passive entertainment.”
But there is another side to all the doom and gloom!
- IGN magazine highlights 5 Reasons Video Games Are Actually Good for You
- 5 Reasons My Family Isn’t Doing Screen-Free Week on Commonsense Media: “My family won’t be taking the Screen-Free Pledge this week. In 2013, screens are a part of life, and I think it’s for the better.”
- Why I Enrolled My Kid in Computer Camp on Commonsense Media: “I’d rather have my daughter swimming and horseback riding, but I realized that tech camp can teach her things traditional camp can’t.”
- And the TED Talks of the always intelligent, interesting and powerful Jane McGonigal, game designer:
“Parents who spend more time playing video games with their kids have much stronger real life relationships with them” (research cited)
Thanks to Kim for her help with this round-up. Check out her author blog, and Rarest Kind of Best: Talking about children’s books and films. Useful information for parents.