It struck me as I was reading through the articles that we picked to share with you this week, that a collection of news like this is why we started Get Screen Smart.
Every single day, there’s a new bit of information that comes out about our digital usage and how it’s impacting our lives and communities. Added together, these bits of information give us each the opportunity to *see* the screens in our hands with a bit more clarity. It gives us the information to prompt us all to look around, ask some critical questions about our family technology habits and adjust accordingly, as fully informed users.
I found these articles fascinating and thought provoking. I hope you do too.
WE SHOULD STOP: Are you a “zombie eater”? (I have struggled with this when I’m home alone. But, YIKES, time to recommit.)
WHOA: “The telephone took decades to reach 50 million global users, and we had Pokémon Go do that within, like, two and a half weeks.” No wonder we are all struggling to set boundaries. This article includes 4 great bits of advice for helping set a good screen time example for your kids.
READ: “We need online spaces that treat us as the unique, moral beings we are—that treat us, and encourage us to treat one another, with care, respect and dignity. Our ability to make choices that really reflect our values is subsumed by nudges to do more of what platforms want. As Edelman points out, if YouTube really cared about our intentions and values, when we logged on to learn ukulele it would try to serve that need — and then send us off to practice! — rather than tapping into our lizard brains with unrelated video to get us to spend more time watching.” Yes.
YOU HAD ONE JOB: Facebook messed up the key safety feature of Messenger Kids.
WHOA: “Parents may notice differences in how screen time impacts them versus their kids. The reason? It’s linked to the maturity of the brain. Screens affect the brain stem and lower brain in different ways for adults and children. So, your child may willingly accept the boundary of “no dessert until you eat your dinner,” but literally can’t process the idea of limited screen time in the same way.”
GOALS: Experts say kids under 2 must have ‘zero screen time.’
READ: A mom worried that her child had autism, but was actually experiencing a speech delay due to screen time.