In this video, Jay Andrews discusses the importance of balancing screen time for kids. It's important to consider Active versus Passive screen time.
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Screen time is one of the hottest topics when talking about kids and technology today. And you can probably find a ton of articles on the internet about how to limit screen time. But the more important thing to think about when considering screen time for your child is not how MUCH, but how ARE they using their screens. We're gonna talk about that and more.
Hi My name is Jay and welcome back to Tech Parental, keeping your family SAFE, SANE and CONNECTED in today's digital world. On this Channel we do digital parenting advice and family tech reviews.
So your kid has a device...an ipod, a smartphone or even a video game system. But maybe you think he's spending too much time on it. There are several things you can do to limit screen time. In fact I've made a couple of videos right here you can check them out.
If you were to think about the different ways you use your devices,.. you can probably come up with several ways. One is purely passive entertainment. Maybe watching videos or shows on your phone or tablet...or TV
Maybe another form is educational or informational where you are learning a new skill or trying to figure out how to prepare a meal or fix a problem. Or perhaps you're trying find an after school program for your kids.
If you're the creative type...maybe you enjoy digital photography (you'll need a screen) or perhaps if you're into music production and you're composing and editing songs (you need a screen)...And if you like making videos, guess what (you'll definitely need a screen)
Another category would be social. So this is all of the communications you have with all of the important people in your life...family, friends, colleagues. Talking for fun, discussing things with your child's teacher, texting jokes back and forth with friends. Its how the world gets along...usually
And then there's literally the time that you spend on screen for work. Catching up on emails and sending emails writing documents, crunching numbers or Performing any work-related duties that you may do at home or at the office. We're just talking about the entire day all the different things you do on a screen.
So it's important to remember that for digital natives (AKA your kids), this type of concept exist as well. Whether you like it or not, today's kid is growing up on the Internet...with devices in their hands and they engage in screen time in all the same ways that we just covered. It's important to recognize that that although limits still need to be placed on children, They are engaging in a lot of different kinds of screen time activities and it is important to encourage a balance.
We want to be sure that we are encouraging a balance between active and passive screen time.
So what are some examples of passive screen time?
Watching television...and that includes broadcast television or even on demand TV shows like Netflix or Hulu. Also browsing the internet with no goal in mind. And depending on the type of video game, it can be also considered a form of passive screen time. Watching videos on any of the different social media sites like Facebook or YouTube are also forms of passive screen time. Now we're not saying that any of these things are bad, I mean, we do these things ourselves. How often do you go on Facebook and check out videos or maybe play a game on your phone?
None of these things are bad. The key is moderation and balance.
What are some examples of active screen time use? Or what we might call Creative screen time?
Like we mentioned before, digital photography and video editing. Music production in the form of Garage Band, let's say, can also be a form of active screen time. Again, depending on the type of video game, your child can be in creative mode, like in Minecraft. Coding is also a very popular skill and Pastime that young people are taking up today. In fact, at the high school I work at, there are coding classes. And just learning new skills, like web design, 3D modeling or even something simple like Microsoft Excel using the internet is a form of active screen time.