Screen Time Clinic Family Media Guide Sample
Looking for "Screen Time Contracts" "Pledges" or "Family Media Agreements"? Advice on how to decide what type of phone to buy for your child or teen? Our 60 page Family Media Guide available for purchase goes far beyond the basic contracts, focusing more on values, research, and setting up systems of support & routines that really work. Parents must play a more active role in protecting children and teens from media overuse to prevent long term problems, take a look inside how this can help!
Check out our favorite parental control app by OurPact to help you easily manage your children's screen time across multiple platforms. Set and forget! Limit app access automatically for recurring activities like school or bedtime. Block or grant access to internet and apps on your child’s device at any time, from anywhere. Cross-Network Parental Control for iOS and Android Devices. View their informational video here
Stop hassling with parental controls on iPhones, Androids, and even flip phones -- opt for a safe distraction free phone and safe watches. They are the gold standard in good parenting tech practices.
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Research shows profound benefits of reading aloud with children. One of the most protective activities parents can do with children. Check out Screen Smart Sam to read with young children to prevent screen dependency problems early. Visit Screen Smart Families Recommended book list for more great books on digital wellness.
Join our private Facebook group Screen Smart Families for parents and professionals to discuss issues affecting your family. It's a great place for screen curious parents to connect and hear from other parents AND experts, recommendations and ask questions. Welcome!
Click the picture above to read articles about research referenced on our social media posts or seminars. Click here to view a list of often referenced studies about topics from screens to happiness, and what really contributes to well being. Most recent findings link screen use to causing ADHD later in life and misdiagnosed Autism symptoms due to screen use. This 2022 article has in-depth findings about the high correlation between autism and media overuse
Find more information and research about how social media and gaming negatively affects athletic performance in professional and amature athletes. This is a new area of research that demands much attention if athletic efforts and mental health of athletes are intended to be protected. Screen Time Clinic is a proud supporter of the Mental Sports Game Academy in Canada and USA working to educate athletes about these risks and prevention measures.
Research that shows Tech use is not imperative for academic success or student well-being, and The EdTech Triangle shows how screen time for education purposes, at home or at school, does more harm than good unless it's limited. All types of screen-based EdTech (even Transformative) can isolate students from their teachers or peers.As such, and in order for students to develop skills in collaboration, empathy, and critical thinking, screen time limits should be followed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has policy statements and technical reports on families’ and children’s interactions with various forms of media.
We support families efforts to work towards CDC research that supports limits on screen time to no more than 2 hours per day until age 18, and zero screen time under age of 2 years old. Read the USA Surgeon General's Warnings about Screen Time.
Discover all the facts through articles, podcasts, documentaries, and videos about the harmful effects of pornography on children & society including brain development, relationships, self esteem, and other.
Cognitive-behavioral risks associated with pre-school age children viewing more than APA recommended less than 1 hour per day of high quality media. New article published shows association between toddlers and behavior/learning problems due to screens and children as young as 7 commonly viewing porn. New guides are out for preschool media use focusing on high quality content, encouraging minimal viewing, and debunking myths that children need screens to learn reading and writing before they enter school.
Healthy routines and limiting access to screens are essential for children to flourish. We recommend LootBox charger for the ultimate secure place to lockup devices when they are not allowed to be in use!
Other less expensive (but less secure) options include DetoxBox from TalkMoreTextLess to get new routines headed in the right direction!
For Classrooms or households, store your phones in style out of sight to reduce distractions. These make GREAT gifts and essential phone-away item every household and classroom should have!
Technology, blue light, and stress hurt our ability to feel relaxed, fall asleep, and wake up refreshed. We’re out to break the cycle by removing the smartphone from bedtime and morning routines. This is great for adults and teens to learn new bedtime routines, one good night’s sleep at a time. Plus get 15% off!
Research shows that kids and teens do better with phones away during school hours. This movement is giving you—parents, teachers, school leaders, and concerned individuals—tools so that you can go to your school and help institute policies where phones are put away. Find out more how to make changes in your school using these tools.
Are kids on screens really what we want for our children? The science is clear: Heavy use of tech compromises healthy “brain development” in young children. This new documentary shows why. Great for parents of young children or those wanting to reset overuse, it's never too late to make changes!
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Dear Parents is a unique, fascinating, and beautifully produced digital well-being resource by teens for parents and other adult caregivers. These are authentic teen voices sharing their thoughts and hopes about screens, phones, and digital devices -- and how they really want to relate with their parents about them. Great way to start conversations!
Instead of handing over an iPad, use these SEL promoting toys to occupy children. There are plenty of alternatives to screen time including Tonie.us
Social Media and Gaming Companies know their programs cause harm to minors yet they continue to allow access and promote continual use.
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