Today is the infamous Black Friday and we are all getting a jump start on our holiday shopping. Depending on the age of your children, there's a strong chance some form of technology is on the their wish list. At the same time, we are seeing so many news articles such as yesterday's Washington Post article about teens and the connection between the rise in depression and the amount of time they spend on their screens. Technology is a wonderful tool. Like all tools, we need to use them in moderation and remember the modeling begins with us, the parents, caregivers, and guardians. So many face to face skills are needed in order for us to grow up with solid mental health. From the time kids begin using their first screens, it's a good idea to be their mentor and help them monitor their screen time so they have the best of both worlds each age and stage of their young life. Check out the article below:
One aspect of life we can always count on is the element of change. Who knew as my daughter began her digital portfolio and working with middle schoolers beginning theirs, I would develop such a passion for technology and how interactive screen devices affect their lives as well as our lives with them. This topic is at the forefront of most conversations today. How much time a child spends on their phone and computer is something we parents worry greatly about. What is the appropriate amount of time for screen devices and self discovery? How can we foster a balanced environment that allows them to grow as digital natives yet also enjoy time away from screens? Won't you join me in exploring the many strategies available in helping our children find that right balance as well as enjoying the digital journey with them?
The article below initiates the discussion about screen use and how to foster an open conversation with our children. Enjoy!