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PARENTING AND SCREEN TIME

One of the most common concerns that I have heard from my clients who are parents is how to manage their children's screen time.  The increasing presence of video gaming, IPads, cell phones, and computers for children at younger and younger ages presents a complex of issues that many parents of older generations cannot comprehend.  Part of the difficulty is the realization that this generation of parents is often equally involved in screentime perhaps even to excess themselves.  In addition, parents have come to appreciate some of the benefits of allowing their kids to have cell phones, for example.  Now they can keep in much closer contact with their kids and communicate more easily.  Allowing your child to watch a movie on an IPad on long car trips really does reduce the bickering and whining that have long been associated with these rides "Are we there yet?" "He's poking me!" etc.  But screens are mesmerizing, and it can be difficult to set and enforce limits it a constructive way - or even know what limits are appropriate and realistic.  So I was very pleased to read, in a recent edition of the NYTimes (March 20, 2015) a very clear and cogent article entitled "How to Manage Media in Families" .  While the author does not offer simple answers, he does give examples that can help the reader think through their own approach to managing this ever more complex and growing issue. 

Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 10:15AM by Registered CommenterLee Crespi, LCSW | Comments1 Comment | References1 Reference

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    I agree that parents should have a watch on the smartphone and games they are indulging in, the games children should play shall be for fun only and offline also because exposure to online gaming may make them violent, gaming plays an important role and it should be monitored.

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The use of technology these days - for example cell phones or ipads - is crazy these days and I must admit as a parent, I've fallen into the trap sometimes too. It's so much easier to just have our kids listen to their music on a car ride rather or watch a movie then it is to interact with them sometime. It's a horrible thing to admit and one I'm desperately trying to change. Both my wife and are on the same page to change this. It's good to see you are covering this subject too.

June 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVishal

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