Monday, May 22, 2017

Psychology Today: Growing Up in a False Reality

This guest post is by Cindy Eckard, a Maryland parent who has spearheaded legislation in her state (link is external) to create medically-sound safety guidelines for the use of digital devices in public schools. 
Many people are focused on reducing screen time for children; I'm one of those people. The health risks are enormous for our kids, in a variety of ways, from their vulnerable, undeveloped eyes to their growing bodies and minds. And while I am the first to advocate for schools and parents to limit the amount of time our children spend on digital devices, per se, I am also growing increasingly convinced that our emotive relationships with these machines - which correlates to screen time - needs more exploration. What psychological needs are these digital devices filling - and what price is being paid when they dominate our lives?

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