As parents, we are responsible for making sure our children get proper nutrition, plenty of exercises, a good education, and so on. We read articles and books on all sorts of difficult parenting topics, including the modern problem of managing screen time. However, managing kid’s screen time is easier said than done.
Some of these resources give us a glimpse into how the experts handle screen time with their own children. It can be a very tricky balancing act!
Kid’s Screen Time Debate : Is it ok to spend all waking hours on educational apps?
My son became obsessed with learning Spanish using an app called Duolingo.
Of course, I was ecstatic he wanted to learn Spanish. We are already a bilingual Franco-American family, speaking mostly French at home, and for a month or so, we were all “playing” Spanish on our iPhones and iPads.
But I also worried about the amount of my kid’s screen time. The last thing I want is to leave him alone with his electronic devices.
My son is six years old. He’s smart and curious and very passionate about whatever his interest of the month happens to be at any given moment.
Not long ago it was Spanish. (He’s moved on the Marvel superheroes now.)
He even confessed to me before bed one night that he had a hard time falling asleep because he was thinking about Spanish.
Fab, my husband, had been reading Harry Potter with him before bed and said he wasn’t even listening to the story because he was constantly interrupting with “papa, did you know…?” phrases about Spanish!
Let’s be real — sometimes we really need those screens to help get through the day!
This article from the NY Times talks about how more and more tech people are sounding the alarm bells about how the negative effects of excessive sreen time kids’ get.
“We thought we could control it,” Mr. Anderson said. “And this is beyond our power to control.
This is going straight to the pleasure centers of the developing brain. This is beyond our capacity as regular parents to understand.” New York Times, Oct. 26, 2018
To the author’s credit, a skeptic is also interviewed and casts doubt on the alarmist views of some of the stricter tech parents.
It’s true that we don’t know enough about the effects of screen time on children.
All the fast developing technology that runs our lives now, but it’s also true that if you go back a couple of centuries, many people were concerned about the effects of novels on young people, especially women.
Now, we’re all desperate for our kids to enjoy reading novels, or just about anything really!
Times change and so do our habits. Change isn’t necessarily bad, just scary.