Does it seem suddenly as if people’s opinions on screen time (whether pro or con, more lenient or strict) are hardening into something like iron-clad rants? In the past few months, we’ve seen a spate of Tweets, articles and books all claiming to have the last word on the impact of too much (or too little!) time in front of the device.
“Screen shaming” is now a thing. Yep, check your Facebook app while your child is on playing at the park, and you could be accused of digital addiction, with a side of child neglect. One of our favorite experts, Rachel Simmons, took to Time magazine to voice her own (dissenting) opinion in a great article defending her iPhone use at the park. Then there’s the Nature Valley video that went viral last week. In it, parents and grandparents talked about how they once spent their long summer days in a pre-digital era. Cut to today’s kids, and you’ll find children who lose hours, days, weeks and months glued to their game consoles and mobile devices.
The messages are all valid, but recently, they’ve seem to have gone somewhat extreme.
So where do you stand on the screen-time spectrum? It’s a question pretty much every parent now has to answer — whether your style is more laissez-faire or more lock-down, or somewhere in between.