Parents often talk about screen time confusion. There is so much information about screen time for children. Most parents believe, in principle, that there should be some parameters set around screens however taking action and following through is a whole other ball game. Bottom line, parents have no alternative but to think about it. Not taking any action is in fact, an action without thought. First step is deciding if you want to make an informed decision and if so, be prepared to gather or sift through information which takes considerable time and thought.
Children clearly learn from what they see parents do rather than parents say. The first step is for adults to look at their own screen habits. Does what you’re saying match what your child is seeing?
It is easy to be completely overwhelmed with concern about children and screen time – just google digital dementia! Dr. Kristy Goodwin in her book Raising your child in a digital world believes that it is important for parents to be armed with facts to help them eradicate fears so that children do not only manage but thrive in this digital world. Parents today will have to face many digital dilemmas as children move from early childhood through the teenage years to adulthood.
Chip O’Donohue believes that a healthy media diet matters and lists the following points:
Family media Quick Wins:
Use screens as windows, screens as mirrors, screens as magnifying glasses. (ECA conference Darwin 2017)
Some links to investigate (the irony of looking online to consider screen use does not escape me!)