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Screen Time Resources for Parents

Eliminate Stress & Protect With a Clear Screen Time Plan

Parents we know you need more resources and are struggling to make sense of how to best guide your children in the digital age! This is why we urge you to book an Discovery Call to learn what could be the best approach for your family. You can also get started making big changes yourself just by downloading your copy of the Screen Time Clinic Media Guide that summarizes all the latest studies with the best printable resources, and areas to consider when creating your own Screen Smart Family Technology Plan.  This digital download is updated quarterly so you can be assured you are receiving the best information with proven resources so you can confidently raise kids the the digital age without having to read entire books, sift through chat forums, or hope your friends have the answers! Big Tech makes it extra difficult to know what helps and what hurts our kids online, but we have done the research for you! Download your copy and learn more in our store

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Screen Smart Essential Tools

Conscious Tech Uncoupling

Becoming tech intentional to protect mental health and relationships with others starts with the ability to set devices aside for prolong periods of time. Uncoupling from the constant pull of your personal devices builds a solid foundation for self discipline and protects from digital addictions. Store your phones in style out of sight to thrive as humans. We recommend Bagby Pocket Holder Bagby LootBox Charger Box LootBox and DetoxBox TalkMoreTextLess All ages benefit from a tech-away spot, the easiest way to start new routines!

Safe Device for Kids

Must Have for Youth: Distraction Free Phones instead of iPhones 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. We recommend: First, opt for watches instead of phones with CosmoCosmoTogether use discount code CLINIC15 to get 15% off! Then check out special phones from Pinwheel Pinwheel and Gabb Gabb using these links for an extra discount!

Monitor and Limit Devices

Standard parental control settings on apps and Apple Devices are highly unreliable and easily modified. Install software like Ourpact by OurPact to help you easily protect & manage your child’s screen time, app access, messages, multiple devices, alerts and documentation of harm. Bark Technologies Bark also provides software and safe devices. If your child only has access to a computer at home, use Mesh Wifi to limit time and pages. Gryphon Mesh Wifi system

Must Have: A Place for Tech to Rest 

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!  https://bagby.co/  LootBox charger for the ultimate secure place to lockup devices when they are not allowed to be in use!

Even a simple box like this DetoxBox from TalkMoreTextLess to get new routines headed in the right direction!

Safe Device for Kids

Must Have: Distraction Free Phones instead of iPhones

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.
We recommend:
CosmoTogether use discount code CLINIC15 to get 15% off! Distraction free at school AND safe!
Check out Pinwheel use discount code SCREENSMARTTEN and Gabb using these links for an extra discount!

Monitor and Limit Devices

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

If your child has access to a computer at home they you need the Gryphon Mesh Wifi system to filter adult content AND limit time

Routers:

Out of sight - Out of Mind

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!

Critical Screen Time Information to Consider

New Warnings for Newborns

No screens for Infants, toddler, even Preschoolers

Just as you would abstain from smoking and drinking while pregnant, it’s now known to be equally important to keep screens away from littles during the critical brain development period from birth to age 8! Emotional, developmental, and learning problems are highly correlated with even an hour a day, often used as a break or pacifier by mothers not knowing the risks.

Eight minutes under 8 years old is the new best practice recommendations which it’s hard to do without knowing WHY and how to manage downtown and soothing babies without screens. Extensive new research supports the notion that less or none is best, even tho many parents have turned to screen time an effective babysitter to calm, restrain, or quiet youngsters, not knowing the high cost of brain trauma causing future learning, behavioral , and developmental problems.  Read the JAMA studies on 12/2022 and also 8/2023 in addition to many other studies since the pandemic conducted world wide. Read more about the association between toddlers and behavior/learning problems due to screens. New guides are out for preschool media use focusing on limited high quality content, if any, encouraging minimal viewing  and debunking myths that children need screens to learn reading and writing before they enter school. See more research in our article section and consider hosting a “Screen Smart Babies” seminar for your business or baby group!

Books: Better than Screen Time

Reading is More important than Ever

Research continues to show profound benefits of reading aloud with children and one of the most protective activities parents can do with children instead of screen time. Literacy for older children is important for academic achievement and also self-soothing, relaxing, and creativity. We highly recommend parents of littles read the book Screen Smart Sam written by Screen Time Clinic founder, Nicole Rawson. 

Read this book with young children to start discussions and prevent screen dependency problems. 
Visit Screen Smart Families to see our recommended book list for more great books on digital wellness for both parents and children. There is also a new version of Screen Smart Sam published in India in 2022 co-authored by Sudhalini Devadason of UpTurnLearning!

Online Screen Smart Support

Find Your Parent Support Community Online

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! If you are looking for inspiration on Social Media to help you manage your family’s screen time check out our Instagram page to connect with other influencers.

Protect Youth Sleep

Sleep Training isn't Just for Babies

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. Protect mental health with quality sleep routines. Check out Loftie clocks for kids and adults to set phones aside in another room and focus on sleep. https://byloftie.com/products/loftie-kid-clock

Thought Provoking Screen Time Videos To Watch Together

Change via Legislation and Lawsuits

2023 Senate Hearings on Social Media

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Youth Advocate Emma Lembke's 2/14/23 Testimony to Congress about Social Media Harms:

More Helpful Screen Time Resources

Helpful Resources & Research

Links to research studies & articles latest and unbiased research in the news and often referenced on our social media posts or seminars. The research is CLEAR-- no screen time has been proven safe without changing neurological connections, even 15 minutes for some causes dysfunction, prolonged use in children changes neuroplacticity that can last a lifetime of digital media addictions if not corrected with behavior modifications before mid-20s. Read the stats on predators, social media, gaming, and other serious concerns that has all experts concerned.

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Hold The Tech Gifts

Read our blog post from 2020 about this important issue you can easily avoid, it's not worth the headaches a few excited moments of gift giving technology creates! Plus this article published in Nov 2022 gives critical insight on why low-tech non commercialized gifts are best for kids, written by By Susan Linn, author of “Who’s Raising the Kids? Big Tech, Big Business, and the Lives of Children?” and founder of the watchdog nonprofit Fairplay.

Hold the Phones
Rethink tech and education

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.

Everyschool.org
Removing Nudes

Take-It-Down
Having nudes online is scary, but there is hope to get it taken down. This service is one step you can take to help remove online nude, partially nude, or sexually explicit photos and videos taken before you were 18. It's best never to take or share explicit photos, but often pressure to do so is overwhelming and teens make impulsive mistakes. Get help removing those photos to prevent emotional harm, extortion, and distribution of CSAM. Note that Snapchat and TikTok does NOT participate in this initiative nor effectively moderate their own content. Best not to use social media until 18+ however this is a new resources for teens finding themselves in trouble online.

Take it Down
Big Tech Lawsuits

Social Media and Gaming Companies know their programs cause harm to minors yet they continue to allow access and promote continual use. Class action lawsuits are speculated to be the only way to force change in the design and age verification, holding platforms accountable for the harms they cause by design and facilitate online. 12/11/22 60 Minutes Special on Lawsuits Learn what you can do to Fight Back with Class Action Lawsuits and petitions for change

Fight Back
Fairplay Advocacy

The USA and most countries need design protections and clear age restrictions in place to protect youth online. NO amount of screen time has been proven safe for youth. The American Academy of Pediatrics and many other organizations are influenced by Big Tech just as Tobacco lined the pockets of regulators. The harms of AI addictive design has greatly outpaced the warnings in most countries; CDC, AAP, APA modest recommendations are lax and outdated. Note the USA Surgeon General's Warnings about Screen Time in 2021 and 2023 -- policies can not be implemented as quickly as harms multiply online! Parents take notice and TAKE ACTION to reduce or eliminate read more social media harms and join Fairplay unbiased advocacy group for change.

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Inside Look at Why It's Essential to Limit & Monitor

Screen Smart Facebook Group

Reach out to other screen smart parents in this private Facebook Group
It’s a great place for screen curious parents to connect and hear from other parents AND STC experts, gain recommendations and ask questions without the mass amount of postings in other large groups!
Welcome! If you are looking for inspiration on Social Media to help you manage your family’s screen time check out our Instagram page to connect with other influencers.

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Loftie: Smart Alarm Clocks

Sleep Training Isn't Just For Babies
Technology, blue light, and stress hurt our ability to feel relaxed, fall asleep, and wake up refreshed. Loftie is 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. Protect mental health with quality sleep routines. We love Loftie clocks for kids and adults to set phones aside in another room and focus on sleep. byloftie

Loftie
Blue Light Protector

Blue light from devices and computers is well researched but most users still go unprotected. Ocushield protects with screen overlays, glasses, and special lights to reduce the amount of blue light that penetrates our eyes causing long lasting damage.

Ocushield
EyeConnect

EyeConnect game is fun for adults and families to unplug and, set tech aside, and connect in meaningful ways. There is a reason for the board game revolution-- it greatly helps relationships, emotional intelligence and self-confidence to interact in person rather than online!

EyeConnect
Life Skills App

Created just for families learning how to re-program new habits offline, this app created by STC member Michael Jacobus is a great way to stay on track with activities that matter most in life to help teens grow up well rounded and screen strong! Life Skills App
Reset Summer Camp, Inc.
Designed for iPhone

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