What Parents Need to Know About Screens

From Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age via the Huffington Post:

  1. Don’t put your baby in front of a screen.  Ever.
  2. And think hard about putting your toddler in front of one, too.
  3. Teachers can tell if your child is getting too much screen time.
  4. Your kids hate your screens.
  5. Just because we can be connected to work 24/7 doesn’t mean we should be.
  6. Screens aren’t good for your marriage.  And that’s not good for your kids.
  7. In order to be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself.
  8. Sorry, but you really don’t know what your kids are doing online.  But that doesn’t mean you should give up trying.

New Book Argues “Digitized Life” Taking Toll on Parents

The Boston Globe reviewed Catherine Steiner-Adair’s new book, “The Big Disconnect:  Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age.”

Steiner-Adair claims parents are pulling away from family life, lost in their own smartphones and screens, leaving children feeling neglected and lonely.  The “digitized life,” she argues, is taking its toll on us — altering the way children think and relate and pulling families apart.

Her advice for parents is to help keep children grounded.  “For that kind of textured, nuanced conversation, reflection and hashing things through, tech can’t deliver.  That’s what parents are for,” she says.

The final chapter reinforces the main message that good parenting starts without technology, in a place where parents listen, set limits, and communicate.  She provides a helpful list of rules to abide by — including a requirement that parents know their children’s phone passwords and check the gadgets when needed.  Largely, she encourages everybody to slow down.

The Globe thinks ,”Steiner-Adair provides sound advice and much-needed wisdom during these increasingly confusing times.”

Tablettoddlers couldn’t agree more.  We’ve added the book to our Amazon Kindle queue.  Can’t wait to read it.