Digital Dependence & the Screentime Debate

A recent post in Wired by Robbie Gonzalez examined some of the narrative around screentime and addiction. The piece, titled "We've got the screen time debate all wrong. Let's fix it" looks at some of the conjecture around digital dependence. Gonzalez traces the history from "Internet addiction disorder" to the growing concerns about screens and…

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Beware of Facebook Messenger for Kids

This week I was scrolling through Facebook on my mobile device, I came across the following ad for their new Messenger Kids app. In the ad, it shared the names and profile photos of some of my friends that have children, and indicated that they use and like this new tool. I blurred out their…

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Big tech has your kid’s data

A new report highlights the way big tech companies collect data on children. This recent study focuses on the “datafication” of children and its possible consequences suggests these posts may be more problematic than we think. The report titled “Who Knows What About Me,” examines how big tech collects data on children and what the…

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Screentime Technopanic in the NY Times

Nellie Bowles from the NY Times posted three pieces that tried to provide some context around the screentime debate. A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley This first article discusses parents in Silicon Valley and their concerns about screentime with their children. The article is replete with quotes about how…

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Screentime Guidelines

In 2016, the AAP suggested avoiding use of screen media other than video-chatting for children younger than 18 months. The 2016 guidelines suggest that children 18 to 24 months of age can view digital media of high-quality programming, whereas children aged 2 to 5 should be limited to one hour per day of high-quality programming.…

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A growing debate

Nearly a cliché after two decades of development, it is clear that the internet has profoundly changed the ways in which we read, write, communicate, and learn. Given these sweeping changes, one significant conversation centers on the use of internet-enabled devices as they relate to school policy, teaching practices, and the well-being of children. Current…

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Children and Screens Supplement

To address these concerns, a nonprofit organization, Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development helped prepare a special report for the Pediatrics journal. The supplement is the result of a collaboration of more than 130 recognized experts in the field from a diverse background of disciplines, institutions and perspectives organized into 22 workgroups. Research spanning the fields of psychiatry, psychology,…

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