Puzzled on how to best manage your child’s screen time? Allendale Columbia faculty members Judy Van Alstyne ’97 and Tony Tepedino led a discussion on Technology Management for Families that offered suggestions and resources for guiding your child toward responsible use of technology. This Coffee Connection was hosted by Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK).
Essentially, the session suggested starting by establishing norms, with clear expectations that both parents and children can follow. Families should discuss digital literacy and have conversations about digital citizenship, as well as commercials and their purpose. And finally, they encouraged using technology with intention, rather than mindless flipping from one thing to another, by using, watching, and playing with your kids whenever you can, encouraging creativity and not just consumption, and being good role models.
Some of the recommended resources include:
- Common Sense Media – educational resources, as well as excellent reviews of books, videos, movies, apps, and games with age appropriateness and values.
- danah boyd – a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and author of “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”.
“Blending scholarly evidence and the experiences of numerous families, The Art of Screen Time is a well-researched and reassuring guide to raising kids in a world where technology is everywhere.” — danah boyd
- The Art of Screen Time by Anya Kamenetz “As noted in ‘The Art of Screen Time’, it’s best to enjoy screens, not too much and mostly with others.”
- “There are no digital natives, only children: the importance of building a Digital Health foundation in elementary school” by JP Connolly
- Cal Newport – deep thinking, not superficial tech (TED talk and books)
- “How to Break Up with Your Phone” by Catherine Price
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