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Ours is the first generation of parents to raise “digitally native” kids who’ve grown up using technology. As such, many of us struggle to balance the benefits of screen time with its many challenges, especially when it comes to our families. How do we set limits while embracing the best technology has to offer? How do we maintain a dialogue with our kids about screen time when they seem to understand it better than we do?
In Episode 94 of Edit Your Life, Asha interviews Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Survive and Thrive in Their Digital World. Asha and Devorah talk about how managing screen time starts with trusting yourself, the “mentoring vs. monitoring” approach, and steps you can take to create a more “tech positive” atmosphere in your family. Christine and Asha also share how screen time is playing out in their families.
Resources mentioned in this episode
- At Amazon: Screenwise: Helping Kids Survive and Thrive in Their Digital World (Routledge, 2016), by Devorah Heitner
- Devorah’s website Raising Digital Natives
- Raising Digital Natives Facebook Community
- “Don’t monitor, mentor.” (Austin Statesman interview with Devorah)
- Minimalist Parenting (Christine and Asha’s book…which inspired this podcast)
- TracFone (the mobile phone option Christine and Jon chose for their daughter, Laurel)
- Related: Edit Your Life Episode 72: Minimalist Parenting
- Related: Edit Your Life: Episode 19: The Upside of Electronics
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