It may be time for you to think about and review the relationship your children have with “screens”. A recent NY Times article by Nellie Bowles, A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley. According to the author, “A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley.” Athena Chavarria, who worked as an executive assistant at Facebook and is now at Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropic arm, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, said: “I am convinced the devil lives in our phones and is wreaking havoc on our children.” Tech rules for children:
· —-no phones until the summer before high school,
· —-no screens in bedrooms,
· —-network-level content blocking,
· —-no social media until age 13,
· —-no iPads at all and screen time schedules enforced Google Wifi that he controls from his phone,
bad behavior? Child goes offline for 24 hours.
Dr. Google (my joke) says the following:
Kids and teens age 8 to 18 spend an average of more than seven hours a day looking at screens. The new warning from the AHA recommends parents limit screen time for kids to a maximum of just two hours per day. For younger children, age 2 to 5, the recommended limit is one hour per day.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends keeping all screens off around babies and toddlers younger than 18 months. They say a little screen time can be okay for older toddlers, and children 2 and older should get no more than an hour of screen time per day.
Here’s where things get scary: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that children ages 8 to 10 spend an average of 6 hours per day in front of a screen, kids ages 11 to 14 spend an average of 9 hours per day in front of a screen, and youth ages 15 to 18 spend an average of 7.5 hours per day.